Self Care Catalysts

Self Care Catalysts

September 04, 2014 09:00 ET

Self Care Catalysts and Community Matters Toronto are Partners with Residents of St. James Town to Improve Healthy Living

Health Storylines Web and Mobile Health Platform to Strengthen Community-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Initiative

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 4, 2014) - Patient intelligence health solution provider Self Care Catalysts together with Community Matters Toronto, a neighbourhood newcomer organization, announces today their partnership on the "Healthy Living in St. James Town". This project, a community-based health promotion and disease prevention project will help newcomers and residents in St. James Town achieve their health goals through personalized and customized healthcare interventions delivered through Self Care Catalysts' Health Storylines platform.

St. James Town, considered one of North America's most densely populated neighbourhoods, is home to approximately 30,000 -- many newcomers to Canada. According to Toronto Public Health, residents of St. James Town are less likely than the average Toronto dweller to have undergone routine screenings (mammogram, pap test, colorectal cancer screening); less likely to visit a health care provider for a mental health issue; and are more likely to have high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes.

This project will be instrumental in identifying residents of St. James Town at risk of chronic disease and assist them in addressing their risk factors with the support of community assistants and new health assessment tools such as Health Storylines.

St. James Town residents will use Health Storylines through desktop access at Community Matters Toronto, local community centres and via a mobile app. It will use customized and interactive health activities, delivered through a suite of customized widgets on the platform, to help residents of St. James Town achieve certain health goals while earning recognition and rewards for their efforts. The goal is to achieve health goals by developing a "circle of care" to make better and more informed health decisions. Residents of the community will be aided by trusted Community Assistants from Community Matters Toronto, will serve as coaches and mentors to identify and address social, language, cultural and other issues that may prevent residents' from realizing their health goals.

"Working with Health Storylines, Community Assistants can customize health goals for residents based on their cultural needs and sensitivities and facilitate ongoing communication through an individual's circle of care. Ultimately, we're about leveraging technology to drive better participation, better health practices and better personal health management within the St. James Town community," says Grace Soyao, CEO and founder of Self Care Catalysts.

"Over the long term, this project will improve the St. James Town community's health measurements for diabetes, cancer and heart health, making them as least as good as Toronto overall," says Margaret Coshan of Community Matters Toronto. "Along the way, we will be providing the residents of St. James Town with a simple way to access information and knowledge about healthy living and chronic disease prevention practices, while at the same time increasing their social networks and the resources they need to support a healthier, disease-free lifestyle."

About Community Matters

Community Matters, a Registered Charity, is a local organization of "Neighbours Helping Neighbours" established to provide a range of services, programs and information to best help newcomers in the multi-cultural St. James Town neighbourhood adapt to life in Canada. For more information visit www.communitymatterstoronto.org.

About Self Care Catalysts

Self Care Catalysts is a health solutions company powered by patient intelligence and analytics. We find the consumer within the patient. Our mission is to build innovative, patient-centered, and technology-driven self-care solutions for patients and meaningful analytics and insights for healthcare organizations and pharmaceutical companies. For more information visit us on the web at www.selfcarecatalysts.com.

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  • Ellyn Winters-Robinson
    Ignition Inc. (PR for Self Care Catalysts)
    Email: ellyn@ignition.ca
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