Health Action Lobby

Health Action Lobby

August 25, 2014 14:28 ET

Call on Premiers for Renewed Collaboration to Accelerate Pace of Health Innovation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 25, 2014) - The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) calls on the Council of the Federation to renew its multi-year commitment to accelerate the pace of health care transformation through the work led by the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG).

"Building on the promise of the Premiers report From Innovation to Action (2012), which focused on clinical practice guidelines, team-based models of care, health human recourses and generic drugs, there are significant opportunities for system change by strengthening collaboration with providers," said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, Co-Chair, HEAL.

On August 28th, the Premiers will receive an update from the HCIWG on three areas of focus: pharmaceuticals, seniors, and appropriateness of care. HEAL looks forward to re-engaging with the HCIWG and move forward as active participants, guided by the principles of better health, better care and better value for Canadians.

"We look forward to learning how the Premiers will continue to work together, and with providers and the federal government, to increase the spread of leading practices in health & health care," said Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair, HEAL. "Together, there is much that we can accomplish."

HEAL is a coalition of 40 national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health system. It represents more than half a million providers and consumers of health care. HEAL was formed in 1991 out of concern over the erosion of the federal government's role in supporting a national health care system. For more information, please visit our web-site at

HEAL Members
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
Canadian AIDS Society
Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
Canadian Association of Midwives
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Association of Optometrists
Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
Canadian Association of Radiologists
Canadian Association of Social Workers
Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists & Audiologists
Canadian Chiropractic Association
Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Canadian Dental Association
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
Canadian Dermatology Association
Canadian Home Care Association
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
Canadian Psychological Association
Canadian Psychiatric Association
Canadian Public Health Association
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
Canadian Society of Nutrition Management
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada
Paramedic Association of Canada
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Contact Information

  • Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, Co-Chair, HEAL
    (613) 234-2815, Extension 236
    Cell Phone: (613) 866-3613

    Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair, HEAL
    (613) 237-2144, Extension 344
    Cell Phone: (613) 799-0532