Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

September 27, 2010 17:14 ET

Government of Canada Funds B.C. Organization to Provide Diabetes Care for Marginalized Populations

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, that the Government of Canada is providing $89,986 to support an Interior Health project focused on diabetes care. This initiative will enhance the capacity of community organizations and health care professionals to provide diabetes care for marginalized populations in British Columbia. An additional contribution of $64,000 will be made in March 2011, bringing the total of the initiative to $153,986.

"This is just one example of the Government of Canada's commitment to working closely with its partners, including Interior Health, to find ways to prevent diabetes, particularly among high-risk groups, and to promote the early detection and management of diabetes in Canada," said Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan. "Through the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Public Health Agency of Canada supports national and regional organizations like the B.C. Interior Health regional authority to provide information and services for screening and early detection of gestational and type 2 diabetes," said Mr. Cannan. "Health care professionals need diabetes assessment and management tools to meet commitments for diabetes prevention and management."

Interior Health is one of five regional health authorities responsible for ensuring publicly funded health services in B.C. The organization's mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and provide necessary health services. Interior Health is working with community partners on this project, particularly with local urban health centres and shelters in Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops, including the Upper Room Mission and Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society.

"This project involves creating community groups for those who are interested in working with healthcare providers to address their diabetes," says James Kuecks, Project Coordinator, Interior Health. "Ultimately, it increases the capacity of this population to manage their illness and to educate each other, which is a very empowering and inclusive approach."

The Canadian Diabetes Strategy funds projects that target information to Canadians who are at higher risk for diabetes, and/or living with diabetes to aid in the prevention of diabetes-related complications.

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