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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 $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.
Here’s how we help in P.E.I.
Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes with programs and local activities in communities throughout P.E.I.
- Islanders served directly through phone calls and emails
- 45 children with Type 1 diabetes attend D-camps
- over 550 Islanders attend 40 programs and educational events
- through the Community Pharmacy Outreach Program, people with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones receive diabetes supplies, information about medication, advice on managing diabetes, information on new productions and hear about research
- 1-800-BANTING contact centre responds to over 2,200 diabetes-related calls and emails each year
Heart & Stroke
Heart & Stroke Prince Edward Island provides information, resources, education and support at the community level.
- 275 Islanders signed on to Count Your Cubes, a 28-day sugary drink challenge to reduce sugar intake and raise awareness about the harmful effects of sugar
- 69 participants attended the Caregivers conference, receiving information and tools to deal with stress, chronic conditions and supporting loved ones through recovery
- CPR training offered across P.E.I. to continue improving survival rates
- Telestroke is making it possible for neurologists to use a laptop and video link to diagnose and treat stroke, anywhere, anytime
- Canadian Stroke Best Practices offers information to the medical community to improve outcomes in heart health
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society in P.E.I. provides wigs, prosthetics, travel assistance and prevention programs to support people with cancer.
- information service responded to 282 phone and email inquiries from patients, friends, family members, health professionals and the general public
- peer support offered to 10 Islanders in the last two years through CancerConnection
- close to 500 Islanders access CancerConnection.ca every year for information about cancer
- Island children aged 8–17 living in families affected by chronic illness or disability attended Camp Triumph
- free and confidential peer support phone service for adults 18 years and older who have been diagnosed with cancer or are caring for someone with cancer
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Muscular Dystrophy Canada enhances the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders with ongoing support and resources while searching for a cure through well-funded research.
- over $7,000 worth of equipment provided to 12 Islanders
- 34 Islanders were supported with resources and supports to enhance their quality of life
- Independence through Innovation offers youth more autonomy by applying gaming technology to home automation, environmental aids and assistive devices
The Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society provides information, resources, education and support at the community level. These include workshops and webinars about current and emerging treatments, and recent research findings.
- chronic pain management workshops attended by 112 people, who learned new information and skills and shared experiences with others who have chronic pain
- 673 participants at an Understanding Arthritis information sessions on arthritis, risk factors, joint protection strategies and emotional challenges
- 205 attendees at public forums featuring topics such as emerging treatments and recent research findings
- through the 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
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.