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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 $170 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 leads the fight against diabetes with programs and local activities in communities throughout Ontario, including the National Capital Region.
900 youth with type 1 diabetes and families of children with diabetes reached through D-Camps summer and family camps, and leadership program
More than 1,500 people attend community events
2,200 residents get answers to their diabetes-related calls, emails and in-person questions
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.
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
- ALS Canada
- Alzheimer Society Canada
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Diabetes Canada
- Canadian Hemophilia Society
- Canadian Liver Foundation
- Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
- Cystic Fibrosis Canada
- Heart & Stroke
- Huntington Society of Canada
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
- Muscular Dystrophy Canada
- Parkinson Canada
- The Arthritis Society
- The Kidney Foundation of Canada
- The Lung Association
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.