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Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration Workshop Puts Focus on Chronic Disease

St. John's, NL - June 10, 2014 - A two-day workshop led by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement focusing on Sustaining and Spreading Chronic Care Improvement is being held in St. John’s. Teams of health professionals from across Atlantic Canada have come together to share health care improvements that are making a difference for people living with chronic diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, diabetes and mental health conditions.

“Collaboration among our peers and colleagues within Atlantic Canada and here in our province helps build environments for best practices to be adapted, better utilized and refined. The workshop is helping set in motion new ideas that will support and complement our province’s chronic disease prevention and management policy framework Improving Health Together. Our framework focuses on creating a supportive system for people living with chronic disease to lead healthier lives and prevent complications and progression of disease. By working together, our collective efforts will benefit all provinces, our residents and future generations.”

- The Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Health and Community Services

The Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration Workshop brings together 17 Atlantic regional health authorities, focusing on creating a patient and family-centred approach to managing chronic diseases, promoting sustainability of health systems, and building a network of organizational, regional and provincial teams that work together to develop, implement and sustain improvement initiatives. For information on improvement projects being undertaken by this province’s four regional health authorities, please see the backgrounder.

“It’s only fitting that St. John’s is the venue for a gathering of every health authority from all four Atlantic provinces, focused on making health care better for patients and families living with chronic diseases, as this is where the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration took root in 2012. It has been a unique vehicle for cross-provincial sharing of proven approaches to common challenges. Working together, we can turn local improvements into system-wide changes that tackle chronic diseases.”

- Maureen O’Neil, President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating health care improvement by working with provinces, territories and other health care partners to promote efficient health care that delivers better outcomes. With a $10 million annual federal investment, the organization supports the development of innovations that could save provincial-territorial health care budgets over $1 billion per year.

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Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is holding a two-day workshop is in St. John’s, focusing on Sustaining and Spreading Chronic Care Improvement. 
  • The workshop brings together 17 Atlantic regional health authorities to share health care improvements that are making a difference for people living with chronic diseases. 
  • The workshop and its initiatives support the Provincial Government’s actions outlined in Improving Health Together: A Policy Framework for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Newfoundland and Labrador

For more information, please contact:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 697-4137
heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca 

Paulette Roberge
Senior Communications Specialist
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
613-728-2238 ext. 288, 613-790-1070
paulette.roberge@cfhi-fcass.ca