Health Council of Canada explores solutions to diabetes, chronic disease toll

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - The Health Council of Canada commends the
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) for its important work in
helping define the current and projected toll diabetes has and will take on
Canadians and their health care system.
    The ICES study by lead researcher Lorraine Lipscombe, published this week
in The Lancet, helps define the scope of the challenges Canada faces from an
aging, changing population more vulnerable to chronic diseases such as
    So how should Canada respond to that challenge? How can we improve our
ability to prevent and manage chronic disease?
    On Monday, the Health Council of Canada will explore those questions in
its inaugural report on health outcomes, Why Health Care Renewal Matters:
Lessons from Diabetes. The report examines the way chronic health
conditions - specifically diabetes - are diagnosed, managed and treated in
this country and explores changes in health care and lifestyle that can have
profound, practical and positive effects on the health and quality of life of
Canadians with chronic health conditions.
    The report is being released at the London InterCommunity Health Centre
to highlight that facility's unique approach to diabetes care and management
in the Latin American community.

    The event will be webcast live at

    WHAT:   Health Council of Canada releases inaugural health outcomes
            report, Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Lessons from Diabetes

    WHO:    Dr. Ian Bowmer, Vice Chair, Health Council of Canada
            Dr. Stanley Vollant, Councillor, Health Council of Canada
            Michelle Hurtubise, Executive Director, London InterCommunity
            Health Centre

    WHERE:  London InterCommunity Health Centre
            659 Dundas Street East
            London ON
            The report release will also be simultaneously webcast on the
            Council's site,

    WHEN:   Monday, March 5, 2007 (all times EST)
            10:00 am Speakers highlight key findings of report
            10:45 am Floor opens for questions
            11:00 am Opportunity for one-on-one media interviews

    On the day of the release, copies of the report will be made available at
the event and can also be downloaded at at 10 a.m.

    For broadcast media, b-roll will also be available via the coordinates

    DATE OF FEED:  Monday March 5th
    TIME OF FEED:  10:00 am - 10:30 am and 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord
on Health Care Renewal following the recommendations of the Romanow and Kirby
reports, is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care
renewal in Canada. The 26 Councillors were appointed by the participating
provinces, territories, and the Government of Canada and have expertise and
broad experience in community care, Aboriginal health, nursing, health
education and administration, finance, medicine and pharmacy.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Nazia Khan, Temple Scott
Associates, W: (416) 360-6183 ext. 229,; Paul Cantin, Health
Council of Canada, W: (416) 480-7085, C: (416) 526-1593,

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