Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

April 30, 2010 08:31 ET

Goverment of Canada Investing in Improved Lung Health of Canadians

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - Today, Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq announced that the Government of Canada is investing in 13 projects to help improve the lung health of at-risk Canadians, as well as educate school children about asthma awareness. The $1.8 million investment is part of the $10 million Lung Health Program announced in April, 2009.

"This investment clearly demonstrates the federal government's commitment to improving Canada's lung health by addressing important respiratory health issues." said Minister Aglukkaq. "The Government of Canada is pleased to work with these key organizations who are undertaking this important work across Canada."

The aim of Lung Health Program is to prevent and moderate the impact of lung diseases on Canadians by: reducing the impact and potential risks from the indoor and outdoor air; improving health outcomes and quality of life through education; and placing an emphasis on high-risk populations by supporting them with programs and information.

Since 2006, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has funded a stakeholder-led initiative to develop the National Lung Health Framework, a strategic plan to improve the lung health of Canadians. In 2009, the Government of Canada responded to the Framework by committing $10 million over three years for initiatives to improve awareness of prevention, early detection, and management of lung diseases. These 13 new projects address important priorities that have been identified in the National Lung Health Framework.

For more information on respiratory diseases risk factors, management and control, Canada's Lung Health Program and the National Lung Health Framework, please visit www.lunghealthframework.ca..A list and description of the projects is attached.

LUNG HEALTH PROGRAM: SUMMARY OF APPROVED PROJECTS

Priority:  Asthma Awareness Programs for School-Aged Children
Lung Association of Nova Scotia ($199,842) Provides training to coaches, Girl Guide and Scout leaders, with children with asthma in their care, to improve their awareness and management of this disease and create a safer environment for children.
Ontario Lung Association ($188,915) Provides culturally appropriate asthma education to school-aged children, focusing on First Nations communities.
Ontario Physical and Health Education Association ($192,898) Will develop a "train the trainer" program related to exercising with asthma, to increase community leaders' awareness regarding the importance of physical activity in children with asthma.
Governors of Univ. of Alberta, Alberta Asthma Centre ($122,962) Will modify and provide an online asthma education program for health care providers (Roaring Adventures of Puff – RAP) who require an alternate format of training.
Clean Air Champions ($130,950) Will provide education to youth about links between asthma, air quality, and climate change.
Priority:  Baseline Needs Assessment Regarding Awareness of Risk Factors for Lung Diseases, Including the Social Determinants of Health among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and Health Professional Working with These Communities
Asthma Society of Canada ($118,995) This project will inform the development of a culturally appropriate community outreach model for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.
British Columbia Lung Association ($180,450) Will provide baseline data to enhance the capacity of health care professionals working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.
Government of Nunavut ($193,511) Provides a better understanding of the cultural, social, and economic reasons for tobacco use in Nunavut.
Priority:  Baseline Needs Assessment Regarding Self-Awareness of Need for Early Detection, and Available Tools for Early Detection of Respiratory Diseases in Undiagnosed Individuals at High Risk of Respiratory Diseases and Aboriginal Communities.
British Columbia Lung Association ($94,605.50) Will provide baseline data for creating interventions specific to those within the HIV positive population that are at risk for chronic lung diseases.
Canadian Lung Association ($149,500) Will provide baseline data on the attitudes of those at risk for chronic lung diseases, including sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer.
Priority:  Baseline Needs Assessment Regarding Awareness of Indoor or Outdoor Environmental Risk Factors in Prevention of Lung Diseases in Youth at High Risk for Lung Diseases due to Indoor/Outdoor Air Quality.
Governors of Univ. of Alberta, Research Service Office ($50,000) Will provide recommendations for the development of a culturally relevant tuberculosis curriculum for grade school students.
Clean Air Champions ($101,830) Will identify recommendations for development of curriculum-linked resources to improve awareness of outdoor air quality in grade school students.
Priority:  Baseline Needs Assessment Regarding Awareness of Indoor or Outdoor Environmental Risk Factors in Prevention and Management of Lung Diseases in Patients Diagnosed with a Lung Disease or Health Care Practitioners Working with these Patients.
Ontario Lung Association ($137,620) Will conduct a needs assessment of health care practitioners to create baseline data regarding children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in their communities.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Health
    Josee Bellemare
    613-957-0200
    or
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    Media Relations
    613-941-8189