Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding of Projects in Edmonton, Alberta to Help Canadians With Diabetes

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced funding for the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd. and Société Réseau Santé under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.

"Approximately two million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many more are unaware they have the disease and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to continue to rise," said Minister Ambrose. "The Government of Canada is partnering with key organizations to reach at risk-populations in various communities throughout the province."

"We are very pleased to receive this federal funding that will help us support the health of Edmonton's growing immigrant and refugee population, said Nasreen Omar, Project Coordinator, Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd. "By providing information about diabetes risk factors, prevention and disease management, members of our ethnocultural communities will be able to better manage their health and lead productive and fulfilled lives."

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada and affects approximately two million Canadians. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in Canada. It can often be prevented or delayed with regular physical activity, healthy eating and by maintaining a healthy weight. If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease and stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, nervous system damage, and amputation.

"Information about diabetes screening and early detection should be readily available to all Albertans, said Luc Therrien, Directeur général, Société Réseau Santé. "By improving access to French-language health services, we are helping Francophones in our province discover effective strategies to combat diabetes and support healthy lifestyles."

Today's announcement is part of the funding for diabetes projects across Canada announced by Minister Aglukkaq on November 1, 2011. Current projects funded under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the health of Canadians. For more information on diabetes or healthy living, please visit www.publichealth.gc.ca. A Fact Sheet with more information on the funded projects is attached.

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FACT SHEET

DIABETES COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA

SUMMARY

  • Approximately two million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many more are unaware they have the disease and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to continue to rise.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to closely working with partners across the country to prevent and control diabetes. The projects announced today are part of this commitment.
  • Under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is investing over $6 million in 7 national and 30 regional projects. These projects address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Four projects are taking place in Alberta, with two located in Edmonton.

Edmonton-based projects

Culturally Responsive Diabetes Management Support: A Community-Based Model

Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd. (MCHB Co-op) is receiving $148,500 over two years to train cultural health brokers from various ethnic backgrounds to provide diabetes information to populations in five ethnocultural communities (South Asian, Chinese, East African, Spanish-speaking and Filipino) in Edmonton. Education will focus on diabetes risk factors, testing and management. This innovative approach is critical for the success of health promotion programs in culturally marginalized populations.

Project partners include the University of British Columbia, Alberta Health Services and the Multicultural Women and Seniors Association.

Dépistage et détection précoce du diabète de type 2 chez les francophones de l'Alberta

Société Réseau Santé is receiving $124,880 over two years to help Francophones in Alberta receive screening and early detection services for diabetes in French. The Société Réseau Santé will partner with le Centre de santé communautaire Saint-Thomas, la Fédération des aînés francophones de l'Alberta, l'Association multiculturelle francophone de l'Alberta, Alberta Health Services and Stop Solitude Canada to reach a wide range of Francophones in all corners of the province in a variety of community settings.

This project will increase awareness among Francophone Albertans of the risk factors, early signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes and how to prevent associated complications. Moreover, the project will increase the number of Francophone Albertans referred to health care professionals for follow-up and support, and increase their access to diabetes screening, detection, and support services in their own language.

About the Canadian Diabetes Strategy

The Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS) receives ongoing annual funding of $18M through the Integrated Strategy for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease.

  • The Federal Government and its partners address diabetes and related complications through the CDS, which focuses on the prevention, early detection and self-management of all types of diabetes.
  • The CDS has raised general awareness of diabetes and its risk factors, and created the first integrated national diabetes surveillance system.
  • Through community-based programming, projects are developed to enhance prevention initiatives in high-risk populations, to increase awareness of risk factors, and to help people living with diabetes avoid serious complications.

Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Media Relations
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    (613) 941-8189