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When it comes to health, we are here for you ... and your loved ones, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbours. When you or someone you know and love is faced with a major disease or chronic illness - that's 9 out of 10 of us - HealthPartners and our 16 member health charities are on the ground, in 1,200 communities with: local programs and services, tools to help make each day a little better, treatments that work, a helping hand to families and caregivers, and life-saving research.

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Message from Eileen Dooley, CEO, HealthPartners

Health, especially good health, is something we often take for granted. But when we or those we love face major illness or chronic disease — like 9 out of 10 of us in the National Capital Region — health becomes critically important to us, our loved ones, our families, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbours.

Fortunately, there is a group of health charities that works here helping residents of the capital every day to help those diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or facing chronic disease. Every day, these organizations — our HealthPartners’ charities — benefit our friends and families with their dedication and on-the-ground efforts. They not only provide programs and tangible support to those we love, but are also responsible for major advances in cures, treatments and diagnostic tools.

This investment in people’s health is a testament to the power of workplace giving, where every dollar raised in local campaigns, at local workplaces and by local people helps people in our community, because we are your neighbours.

Workplace giving touches the lives of many of the people you know and care for — people like John and Ryan, Debbie, Jennifer and Andrea, whose stories we share here. They and many others across the National Capital Region benefit from the impact of your generosity.

The dollars you donate will save a life — perhaps that of someone you love or someone you may never meet. If you are a federal government employee, you can contribute through your workplace charitable campaign (the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign [GCWCC]) or directly to HealthPartners. Thank you for your generosity and your desire to make a difference.  

 

Eileen Dooley
CEO, HealthPartners

The people in your neighbourhood — all familiar faces.

But what might not be so familiar to you is a reality that affects 87% of Canadians — a reality that may even affect your family. At the neighbourhood level, this means that at some point during their lifetime, many of the people you know will be challenged by some of the most devastating chronic diseases and serious illnesses faced by Canadians — including breast cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and ALS.

What will bring some measure of comfort to these neighbours of yours is that the health charities represented by these diseases or illnesses are working at the ground level — in community after community — to support peoples and families.

This meaningful, significant work involves both life-saving research to find a cure as well as practical programs, services and resources.

Local support. Local services. Local impact.

Since 1988, HealthPartners has been your link to these health charities — and has raised over $150 million in the process so these 16 member charities, staff and volunteers can be there for those 87% of Canadians who need help.

 

HealthPartners: We Are Your Neighbours

Every day, thanks to a HealthPartners’ donation to one of 16 of Canada’s most well-known health charities, someone in your neighbourhood benefits. These charities and their staff and volunteers are hard at work, delivering programs, services and other resources at the local level.

  • Meet John and Ryan

    Ten years ago, John Farrell was still reeling from the news that his then-21-year-old son Ryan had type 1 diabetes when he received a second shock three months later — he was at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Later this summer father and son are participating in a half-marathon in Reykjavik for Team Diabetes, Diabetes Canada’s national activity program that raises funds for diabetes education, services, advocacy and research.

    “Training for a race is a big challenge, especially when you have diabetes. I do it because I know that exercise is prolonging my life and that I’m conquering the disease.” - Ryan Farrell

  • Meet Debbie

    Debbie Kleibor hadn’t been feeling well for weeks when her symptoms worsened and she was rushed to hospital. Tests revealed that she had non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, the most severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Fortunately, her brother David was a match. Only two months after her transplant, Debbie amazed family and friends by taking part in the Canadian Liver Foundation’s Stroll for Liver event in Ottawa.

    “Having been taken by surprise by my diagnosis, I am committed to raising awareness and helping to raise funds for liver research so others will not have to go through what I did.”

  • Meet Jennifer

    Jennifer Molson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 21. After years of struggling with the effects of the disease, Jennifer had an opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that ultimately led to her second chance at life. She regained complete ability and was able to return to work full-time — thanks to research by the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation, which funds large, innovative, multi-centre collaborative studies that lead to major advances like this one. The MS Society of Canada is the main funding resource for the Foundation.

    “Now, here I am — walking, skiing, kayaking; independent, working full-time, married after having danced at my wedding. I have been living relapse-free for 14 years, and it’s because of the Canadian Bone Marrow Transplantation trial.”

  • Meet Andrea

    Andrea Hopkins, who lives in Ottawa, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2006. Two years later, her disease took a turn for the worst and she was hospitalized for 3 months. Since then, she has learned to live well with her disease and help others as a Gutsy Peer Support mentor, an online peer support program at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

    “The peer-to-peer support made available through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada helped me come to terms with having ulcerative colitis. My colon was eventually removed, but thanks to medical advances, I was able to receive reversal surgery instead of wearing an ostomy bag for the rest of my life.”

  • Meet Jessica

    Jessica Koop received $5,000 from the Canadian Hemophilia Society to go toward her Masters of Education in educational leadership at Vancouver Island University. The CHS James Kreppner Memorial Mature Bursary is awarded to outstanding applicants who thrive despite the stress of living with hemophilia. Jessica has had hemophilia her whole life, along with her father, who tragically passed away when she was only 8 years old. Though she did not have many bleeding issues as a child, Jessica did have complications in her pregnancy at the age of 30. It is still unknown whether her daughter is a carrier.

    “The CHS bursary significantly lightens my financial burden as I return to university to embark on a new career in education. I can now focus on the most important aspect of school — learning. Hard work, dedication and effort are things I wish to model for my daughter. My heartfelt thanks go to the Canadian Hemophilia Society for selecting me as the recipient of this generous award.”

 

Here’s how we help in the National Capital Region

HEART & STROKE

Heart & Stroke Ontario provides information, resources, education and support at the community level, in the nation’s capital.

Snapshot impact:

  • inaugural Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit in Ottawa gathered over 170 experts and stakeholders to transform and save women’s lives through research, awareness and evidence-based care

  • over 5,100 South Asian women, who have the highest rates of heart disease and stroke, reached through clinics set up to screen for risk factors

  • CPR training offered in Ottawa to continue improving survival rates

THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY

The Arthritis Society provides information, resources, education and support at the community level, in the nation’s capital. These include workshops and webinars about current and emerging treatments, and recent research findings.

Snapshot impact:

  • 936 people participated in chronic pain management workshops to learn new information and skills and share experiences with others who have chronic pain

  • 4,561 participants at an Understanding Arthritis information sessions offered in the National Capital Region on arthritis, risk factors, joint protection strategies and emotional challenges

  • 1,429 attendees at public forums to share research findings

  • through a Childhood Arthritis Backpack Program, backpacks filled with resources and tools delivered to children to help them lead healthier, more fulfilling lives

  • family day outings for families with arthritis

THE LUNG ASSOCIATION

The Lung Association is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. In Ontario, including the National Capital Region, the Association funds vital research, pushes for improved treatments and smarter policies, and supports patients in managing their health.

Snapshot impact:

  • certified respiratory educators provided lung health counselling through 3,257 phone calls and 340 emails

  • through the Play for All pilot project, after-school programs, offered to grades 1 to 6 students, combine education on lung health, asthma awareness and physical activity

  • post-rehabilitation exercise resources through Fitness for Breath, delivered in partnership with fitness centres across the province, reaching close to 200 people

  • a Lung Health Information Line provided through the Asthma Action Program, connecting residents in Ontario to certified respiratory educators

  • BreathWorks™ Line, a free, confidential information service offered by the Ontario Lung Association, connecting residents to a certified respiratory educator with special training in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

DIABETES CANADA

Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes with programs and local activities in communities throughout Ontario, including the National Capital Region.

Snapshot impact:

  • 8,800 people served through phone calls and emails

  • 1,642 children with Type 1 diabetes attend D-camps

  • over 35,200 people benefit from 616 programs and educational events

  • through the Community Pharmacy Outreach Program, diabetes supplies, information about medication and advice on managing diabetes delivered to communities across Ontario

  • people with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones receive information on new productions and research and hear speakers at the annual Diabetes Expo

  • 1-800-BANTING contact centre responds to over 2,200 diabetes-related calls and emails each year

ALS SOCIETY OF CANADA

ALS Canada and our provincial partners are dedicated to supporting Canadians living with ALS and investing in research to make ALS a treatable, not terminal, disease. Services and support in Ontario, including the National Capital Region, are also provided to help meet the needs of people living with ALS and those who care about them.

Snapshot impact:

  • 152 support groups for clients and/or caregivers in 15 Ontario communities

  • 1793 pieces of equipment for 606 clients

  • initiated new client and caregiver support groups

  • 3 transfer training sessions for caregiving in Ottawa

  • educational sessions and in-services for health care professionals and caregivers

One of the consequences of having survived cancer, for many people, is fear that the cancer will return. Dr. Sophie Lebel and her team at the University of Ottawa developed a form of group therapy to help women with breast or gynecological cancer cope with their fear, to improve quality of life. With funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, they are testing this approach in a clinical trial to determine if it should be incorporated as a standard part of survivorship care.

 

 

 

 

 

Support to help smokers with cancer quit isn’t always integrated into the cancer care system. With funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, Dr. Robert Reid and his team at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute adapted an award-winning quit-smoking program for use in the cancer care setting. Improving quit rates could speed up patients’ recovery after treatment, improve their overall health and enhance their quality of life.

 

 

 

 

 

Home care for people living with cancer is important to manage their symptoms outside of the clinic. With funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, Dr. Dawn Stacey and her team at The Ottawa Hospital updated nursing guidelines on managing cancer symptoms in home care and created two new guidelines for pain and sleep problems. These guides are based on the best available evidence and are formatted for use in nursing practice. They are being implemented in several communities in Eastern Ontario to ensure that Canadians living with cancer consistently receive the best care.

Photo credit: Simon Fox at Melbourne Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Brosseau’s recent 2017 paper looked at finding the best, safest, most effective exercise programs to help relieve symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and enable doctors, patients and their families to make informed health decisions to improve health outcomes. Through The Arthritis Society, its generous donors and the Arthritis Health Professions Association, Dr. Brosseau has improved our understanding of which exercise programs are best in managing the symptoms of this disease — pilates, cardio-karate and aquatic exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, a breakthrough study out of Ottawa made headlines around the globe as the first to show that Duchenne muscular dystrophy directly affects muscle stem cells — findings that are already changing long-held beliefs around the causes of the disease. Funded in part by Muscular Dystrophy Canada, the research discovered that muscle stem cells also express the dystrophin protein; without this protein, they produce tenfold fewer muscle precursor cells, which in turn generate fewer functional muscle fibres. Experimental approaches such as gene therapy are also being investigated, but Dr. Rudnicki’s research suggests that these approaches will need to be modified to target muscle stem cells as well as muscle fibres.

HealthPartners and you

For over 25 years, HealthPartners and Canada’s 16 leading health charities have been working together to create healthy workplaces and communities. Our partner charities have had a major impact on the treatment of and services related to chronic disease and major illness. From increasing the survival rate of Canadians with cancer or cystic fibrosis, to the first organization in the world to focus on liver disease research, to providing speech therapy for Parkinson’s sufferers, and more, the 16 charities have made the difference in the lives of millions of Canadians affected by chronic disease or major illness — Canadians from all walks of life and in communities and neighbourhoods in every corner of the country.

Our research indicates that 87% of Canadians will be confronted with a major health issue at some point during their lifetime. Beyond having to deal with major physical challenges that go hand in hand with a chronic disease or major illness are a host of other challenges, including mental illness.

There is a strong connection between the physical and the mental, between the body and the mind. Mental illness is not only a very real side effect of chronic disease or major illness, but it also exacerbates the physical symptoms.

In recognition of this mind–body connection, HealthPartners’ 16 partner charities have implemented a range of support programs and offer a host of other resources to meet these mental health needs. Their clear guidance, educational resources and support programs help people living with long-term illness cope with mood disorders like depression. You can read about the mind–body connection in our Chronic Disease and Mental Health Report.

HealthPartners 16 Member charities

Impact of your donations

Donations to HealthPartners help our 16 leading health charities:

  • conduct critical research to help prevent some of these diseases
  • develop support and education programs to keep people in our communities healthier
  • find treatments and cures we need to save and transform lives in our community

Your donations help transform people’s lives, including people who live right in your own neighbourhood. To learn more about their impact, you can read the real-life stories of some of those who have benefitted — stories that are living proof of how your donations help to transform lives and make a real difference, at the local level.

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