HealthPartners was created 35 years ago in recognition of the fact that a coalition of organizations coming together to address big challenges can have impact greater than the sum of its parts. A perfect example of that was the coalition that led to the Canadian National Diabetes Framework. But how, and what might that mean for you if you’re one of the 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes?

In 2017, Diabetes Canada brought together a coalition of more than 100 organizations, including other HealthPartners members such as Heart & Stroke, the Kidney Foundation and the Lung Association, to develop a strategy to reduce the enormous burden of diabetes on Canadians. Non-diabetes-focused organizations supported this effort because they recognized that measures to prevent diabetes and its complications also prevent other chronic diseases.

These 100 organizations worked together and, with the support of Parliamentarians – especially MP Sonia Sidhu of Brampton South – in 2021 achieved passage of a law requiring that Canada always have a National Diabetes Framework.

Why does it matter?

Briefly, big, complex problems like diabetes need comprehensive solutions that promote equitable access to prevention, care and treatments. That’s why the National Diabetes Framework has the following pillars:

Addressing Health Equity: Recognizing diverse challenges in diabetes management, the framework strives for fair, customized support to ensure equitable healthcare access for all.

A Person-Centered Approach: Beyond statistics, it prioritizes individuals by valuing their unique experiences, amplifying their voices, and improving the quality of care they receive.

Differentiating Between Diabetes Types: Acknowledging varied challenges, the framework tailors care to specific diabetes types, aiming for better outcomes for individuals.

Supporting Innovation: In a nation with millions affected, innovation is crucial. The framework encourages new treatments and prevention methods to enhance diabetes management and people’s lives.

Promoting Leadership, Collaboration, and Information Exchange: Emphasizing teamwork, it fosters collaboration among sectors, enabling shared learning to advance diabetes care significantly.

In essence, the Canadian National Diabetes Framework symbolizes hope—a shared commitment that resonates deeply with HealthPartners and Diabetes Canada. Together, we’re dedicated to transforming diabetes care across Canada. Through inclusivity, innovation, and personalized support, we aim to empower individuals, enrich lives, and create a future where everyone affected by diabetes receives the care they deserve.