REACH for All Conference 2013

  • Dates: 06 – 07 Jun, 2013
  • Location: Moncton, NB, CANADA
  • Address: Delta Beauséjour
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Denise Connors, Manager, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Horizon Health Network
  • <strong>Email:</strong> <a href=' '> </a>
  • <strong>Phone:</strong> 506-632-5623

Bringing together all sectors across the healthcare continuum, NGOs and government partners, REACH (Redesigning and Evaluating to Achieve Comprehensive Health) conferences are held by Horizon Health Network to demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of better service integration across the healthcare continuum in a specific area of chronic disease. The 2013 conference will focus on effective prevention and management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through integrated approaches to care in Atlantic Canada. 

Conceptual Approach 2013-2015: Improving the integration of service & care across the continuum


CFHI Participation:

1. Title: Setting the stage for Healthcare Improvement: Understanding COPD in Atlantic Canada

Time: 9:50 – 10:35am (6 June 2013)

Presenter: Stephen Samis, VP Programs, CFHI

Currently within Atlantic Canada, populations are facing burdensome rates of chronic disease. Higher than the national average, over half (59%) of Atlantic Canadians are living with chronic disease or a risk factor, while health systems are facing persistent challenges to provide integrated, cost-effective, patient-centered care. This 45-minute session will highlight incidence and prevalence rates of chronic disease within the Atlantic region, setting the stage for an introduction to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement in Chronic Disease and a focused examination on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and care across the region and New Brunswick, specifically. 

2. Title: The INSPIRED model of care for patients with advanced COPD

Time: 10:50 – 12:00pm (6 June 2013)

Presenters: Graeme Rocker, Chief, Respirology Division, CDHA; Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, and Joanne Young, Clinical Care Coordinator/Team Lead, INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and the most responsible cause of hospital admission in the country. INSPIRED (Implementing a Novel and Supportive Program of Individualized care for patients and families living with REspiratory Disease) was introduced in 2010, recognizing that current models of care were largely reactive, under stress and failing, with significant costs to patients, families and the healthcare system. Dr. Graeme Rocker and Joanne Young will provide participants with a look at one model of care that has reduced patients’ use of acute care services by 70-80%, resulting in systems savings through reduced ER visits and “bed days” and patients reporting improved quality of life and a better ability to manage their illness.