Clara Hughes to visit CFHI Improvement Project

Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist and a champion for mental health, will visit one of eight Improvement Project (IP) sites as part of the CFHI Atlantic Healthcare CollaborationClara-Hughes-Lets-Talk-P-Bell-Canada

She will visit PEER 126 (Peers Engaged in Education and Recovery) in Saint John, New Brunswick, on April 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. as part of Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk, a 110 Day, 12,000km ride around the country to help shatter stigma surrounding mental health. 

Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. By publicly sharing her struggles with depression, she is helping break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Hughes is the National Spokesperson for Bell Canada's Mental Health initiative and "Let's Talk" campaign.

PEER 126

One of the improvement initiatives that are underway with health authorities throughout Atlantic Canada, PEER 126 is a community-based centre that provides recovery-based programming and services for youth with mental health issues. The program is staffed with multidisciplinary teams that work under a population health approach to care and recovery, with the goal to improve, restore, promote and maintain the emotional health and well-being of young adults 16-29 years of age. The evaluation and effectiveness-based intervention project aims to provide information to identify gaps in care within the current system, to improve services, and share lessons learned across the province and elsewhere for developing similar recovery model sites for mental health patients.

Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement has teamed up with 17 regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to improve healthcare for people in these provinces who are living with chronic diseases.

The partners are using the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement in Chronic Disease to create a patient- and family-centred approach to manage chronic diseases; promote sustainability of health systems; and build a network of organizational, regional and provincial teams that will share evidence-informed, systems-level solutions and work together to develop, implement and sustain improvement initiatives.