Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases
Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems facing Canadians; they are also among the most preventable.
Through engaging the community locally, we seek to identify means that will encourage healthy living, support best practice management of complex conditions along the continuum of care - from prevention and early detection to the end of life.
The Champlain LHIN is working with our partners to improve chronic disease prevention and management in our region through the following initiatives:
• Video on Diabetes in the Champlain LHIN
• Champlain Diabetes Services
• Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
• Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Strategy
• Champlain Diabetes Strategy
• Champlain Regional Renal Program
• Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Collaborative
Diabetes Screening Among Diverse Communities
People with diabetes are a priority population for the Champlain LHIN. To learn more about the Champlain Diabetes SCREEN project for immigrant populations, take a look at our latest video:
Champlain Diabetes Services
The coordination of diabetes services in the Champlain region is under the purview of the Champlain LHIN. The Champlain Diabetes Services website has useful information on how to improve diabetes care in our region.
Chronic Disease Self- Management Programs
Chronic disease self-management (CDSM) is a key component to improving health of people living with chronic conditions. Since 2008, the Champlain LHIN has been investing in programs to support CDSM in three key areas:
• Self-management supports, programs and resources for chronic disease sufferers
• Education and support to health service providers
• Evaluation to determine whether the programs are making a difference in people’s lives as they manage their chronic conditions and to continually improve our programs.
Living Healthy Champlain is a coordinated effort among Bruyère Continuing Care (Bruyère, Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute), the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and over 30 partner organizations to promote and facilitate chronic disease self-management programs and supports across the Champlain LHIN. To learn more about the Champlain CDSM Program, contact Rachel Bowen, CDSM Project Coordinator at Rbowen@bruyere.org.
Champlain Diabetes Strategy
As in the rest of the province and Canada, diabetes is a large and growing health problem in the Champlain region. In July 2008, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) announced a four-year commitment to an Ontario Diabetes Strategy. The goal is to improve the health of Ontarians living with diabetes. For more information on diabetes resources, please visit Stand Up to Diabetes.
Diabetes Education Programs
During the past two years, the Champlain region received seven new diabetes education teams to improve access to diabetes education in communities of highest need.
Diabetes Projects for High Risk Populations
Improving Care for Women with Gestational Diabetes - Led by Dr. Erin Keely, Chief Endocrinology and Metabolism at The Ottawa Hospital, work is underway to improve standardized screening and care for women with gestational diabetes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach to High Risk Immigrant Communities - This project is set to engage high risk immigrant populations in addressing language and cultural barriers to improve access to diabetes education in Ottawa. This project is led by Dr. Kevin Pottie, Family Physician, Principal Scientist at the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa and Co-chair of the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH). For more information, contact email@example.com
Champlain Regional Diabetes Advisory Committee
The Champlain Regional Diabetes Strategy Advisory Committee advises the LHIN and the Diabetes Regional Coordinating Centre on ways to improve the health system for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes. This committee is comprised of a broad range of health care providers from across the region.
Champlain Regional Renal Program
The Ontario Renal Network (ORN) provides overall leadership and strategic direction to organize and manage the delivery of renal services in Ontario. In 2010, regional renal programs were established in all 14 LHINs.
Renal services and dialysis planning is advised by the Champlain Regional Renal Committee led by Administrative Director, Connie Twolan firstname.lastname@example.org and Clinical Director, Dr. Peter Magner. The committee is working toward the goals of the ORN:
- Prevent of delay the need for dialysis
- Broaden appropriate chronic kidney disease patient care options
- Improve the quality of all stages of chronic kidney disease care.
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Collaborative
In 2008, A Chronic Disease Prevention Management (CDPM) Collaborative was formed to provide a forum for knowledge exchange and innovation among key Champlain CDPM Community of Practice Networks (including networks that work in cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, lung health, chronic kidney disease and others). These key networks meet to:
- Exchange ideas, information and quality improvement learning
- Identify and support areas of collaboration along the continuum of care.
Chronic disease self-management has been an important priority for this group and physical activity is an emerging focus.
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