Healthy Living and Chronic Disease (HLCD) — List of funded projects for 2010-2013

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Cardiovascular Disease Program was focused on cardiovascular disease surveillance, prevention and the development of educational resources and community initiatives for health professionals and the general public. The program encouraged collaboration among non-governmental organizations, medical professionals, universities and provincial/territorial governments. The Government of Canada supported a stakeholder-led process to develop the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan (CHHS-AP) which was released in February 2009.

Fostering Inter-sectoral Dialogue and Collaboration in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management - Canadian Stroke Strategy Evaluation and Congress

Lead/Recipient: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Funding: $172,432

Duration: January 2010 to November 2011

Objective: To evaluate the Canadian Stroke Strategy (CSS) to identify how the model might be applicable to other disease strategies, provincial/territorial governments and other organizations

Highlights: The information gathered through this project was relevant to individuals with an interest in stroke, stroke prevention, and evaluation. The project included: an environmental scan of national and international disease strategies as a point of comparison with the CSS; gathering information from peer-reviewed literature on the factors which support successful health systems change; and a review of CSS documents; and key informant interviews. A final report identified key attributes of the CSS and informed other disease-based initiatives, the work of policy makers, care providers, and decision-makers. The second component of this project was to support the National Stroke Congress, a forum that brought together the stroke community from across the country.

For more information: Please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada website.

Building Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Track at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

Lead/Recipient: Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Funding: $149,900

Duration: October 2010 to April 2011

Objective: To support the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) that was held in Montreal from October 23-27, 2010, to provide delegates with cardiovascular prevention information.

Highlights: The CCC was co-hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The Congress is the largest annual, national cardiovascular learning event in Canada for health professionals in Canada. It brings together physicians, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, technologists, researchers, and policy makers from across Canada and other countries to provide a forum for exchanging ideas, and sharing experiences and the latest research findings. This project: disseminated prevention messaging throughout the event using various media; expanded the community forum where organizations featured their work to on prevention; developed a learning program to demonstrate the association between hypertension, a key risk factor, and atrial fibrillation; and developed an accredited e-learning program from select CCC presentations and workshops to be posted on the CCS website.

For more information: Please visit the Canadian Cardiovascular Society website.

Collaboration to Transfer Evidence into Practice: The Heart & Stroke Hypertension Management Program (HMP)

Lead/Recipient: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC)

Partners: The Quality Improvement and Innovation Program (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care).

Funding: $415,000

Duration: January 2011 to March 2013

Objectives: To facilitate information sharing about hypertension management and best practices; produce and disseminate the Hypertension Management Program toolkit and resources to participating primary care teams; identify best practices for broad implementation; and engage Heart and Stroke Foundations across Canada

Highlights: This project extended the reach of the HMP across Ontario and other jurisdictions in Canada. It is also seen as a model that put good practices in place for systematically managing not only HBP/HTN but also other chronic diseases in general within primary care; and most participating health care professionals felt that, once the program set-up was completed, the maintenance of the program became easier and the benefits more readily visible.

For more information: Please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada website.

CCS Heart Failure and Dyslipidemia Guidelines Knowledge Translation

Lead/Recipient: Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Funding: $729,512

Duration: January 2011 to March 2013

Objectives: To continue to develop and deliver the Heart Failure and Dyslipidemia guideline KT programs to enable Canadian cardiovascular healthcare professionals to continue to integrate current, evidence- based best practice guidelines into patient care.

Highlights: This project assessed the awareness of, and adherence to, current dyslipidemia guidelines among health professionals; and developed user-friendly resources to promote best practices in the management of dyslipidemia and to provide front-line health care professionals and their patients with the latest evidence-based guidelines for managing and treating heart failure. Project activities included: accredited workshops for healthcare professionals at key conferences; the set-up and administration of an accredited on-line learning program; and the creation of print and electronic resources for patients on topics related to heart failure.

For more information: Please visit the Canadian Cardiovascular Society website.

Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

Lead/Recipient: Hypertension Canada

Partners: C-CHANGE and various networks and associations across Canada that collaborate with C-CHANGE.

Funding: $210,000

Duration: November 2010 to March 2012

Objectives: To evaluate user satisfaction of the e-tools developed to support the treatment of patients with diabetes and hypertension and also the efficacy of the e-tools in facilitating knowledge translation of the C-Change harmonized guidelines.

Highlights: This project created an online resource tool that addresses high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes. It aligned with Canadian Heart Health Strategy Committee recommendations by bringing Canada’s major disease organizations together to develop and maintain interactive Canadian sources of information on cardiovascular health.

For more information: Please visit the Hypertension Canada website.

Canada-India Cardiovascular Health Initiative 2010

Lead/Recipient: Canada India Network Society (CINS)

Funding: $50,000

Duration: June 2010 to March 2011

Objectives: To contribute to the hosting of the Canada-India Cardiovascular Health Conference at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, British Columbia, from June 19-23, 2010.

Highlights: This project resulted in creating a strong foundation for collaboration between Canada and India on cardiovascular disease. The recommendations from this conference guided the CINS activities and proceedings and discussion papers were disseminated to conference partners, participants, and policy makers.

For more information: Please visit the Canada India Network Society website.

Vancouver Hypertension 2010

Lead/Recipient: Hypertension Canada

Partners: International Society of Hypertension, American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research, the International Society of Nephrology, the Société québécoise d’hypertension artérielle and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Funding: $100,000

Duration: June 2010 to March 2010

Objectives: To: promote and enhance cardiovascular health in Canada; improve the prevention and control of chronic diseases; and strengthen public health capacity and international collaboration.

Highlights: Vancouver Hypertension 2010 (September 26 – 30, 2010) with its theme of “Global Cardiovascular Risk Reduction” brought leading international scientific and medical specialists together to focus on current research in cardiovascular health. For the first time, this conference had a public health stream. The event provided a forum for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration, which helped strengthen the hypertension and cardiovascular field in Canada. Over 4,000 attendees participated, including high-level public health officials and experts from around the World.

For more information: Please visit the Hypertension Canada website.

Improving Cardiovascular Disease Surveillance in Canada's Ethnic Minority Groups

Lead/Recipient: Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)

Partners: Federal and provincial/territorial Ministries of Health, Statistics Canada, health promotion agencies, academic researchers and patient and community representatives from visible minority groups.

Funding: $609,399

Duration: January 2011 to March 2013

Objectives: To provide an understanding of differences in cardiovascular disease among various ethnic groups with a view to informing culturally appropriate prevention strategies for Canada’s rapidly changing population.

Highlights: There were three components of the project to determine the burden of cardiovascular disease among Canada’s largest visible minority groups with a focus on hypertension and acute myocardial infarction using databases at ICES as well as those available through the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team's (CCORT) network and Statistics Canada; conduct an international literature review and environmental scan of best practices for collecting data on ethnicity in health systems databases to use in cardiovascular surveillance; and share results from this initiative with stakeholders in Canada and internationally through a comprehensive dissemination strategy.

For more information: Please visit the Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences website.

C-Change (Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized National Guideline Endeavour) Initiative Guideline Implementation Program: Clinical Resource Centre and Patient Self-Management Tool (CRCPSMT)

Lead/Recipient:  University Health Network - C-CHANGE Initiative


Partners: Elsevier Canada, Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation; Canadian Cardiovascular Society Lipid Guidelines Group; Canadian Action Network for the Advancement, Dissemination and Adoption of Practice-informed Tobacco Treatment; Canadian Diabetes Association; Canadian Hypertension Education Program; Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology; Obesity Canada; Canadian Stroke Network.

Funding: $154,500

Duration: December 2012 to November 2013

Objectives: To create, disseminate and evaluate a comprehensive online intervention for the C-CHANGE guideline to assist clinicians when treating patients with CVD.

Highlights: The C-CHANGE Initiative is part of the Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI) and the University Health Network (UHN) who are focused on harmonizing clinical practice recommendations for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment in order to establish a common vision and action plan for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment in Canada. The C-CHANGE Initiative is the realization of the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan’s overall goal to build a heart healthy Canada through a comprehensive approach that addresses risks such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.

For more information: Please visit the University Health Network website.

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