CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, September 18, a nationwide coalition of more than thirty groups including patients, health care providers, researchers, care organizations and industry partners, known as the Arthritis Alliance of Canada, will be launching the Joint Action on Arthritis: A Framework to Improve Arthritis Prevention and Care in Canada that prioritizes areas of focus that will have the greatest impact on those living with arthritis.
Today, one in eight Canadians have some form of arthritis, and that will rise to one in four over the next 30 years if nothing is done. Arthritis is a debilitating chronic disease that does not discriminate -- it can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age, physical condition or ethnic background.
The culmination of over 12 years of work, the Framework seeks to prioritize arthritis in Canada as a serious chronic disease and focus efforts and resources on targeted and strategic action. The plan is designed to deliver better outcomes for those living with arthritis, and reduce the relative burden of the disease on Canada's healthcare system and economy.
The AAC's launch event will feature:
|Who:|| Dr. Dianne Mosher, president, Arthritis Alliance of Canada
Janet Yale, president, The Arthritis Society
Dr. Cy Frank, Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
Linda Wilhelm, woman living with arthritis
Other members of the arthritis community
|Date:|| Tuesday, September 18, 2012
|Location:|| The McCaig Tower Lobby - Foothills Medical Center (3134 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB)
| Schedule of events:
|| 10:00 a.m. Media event begins with speakers
10:30 a.m. Interview opportunities
11:00 a.m. Event Concludes
On Tuesday, you can visit www.arthritisalliance.ca to download a copy of the Framework.
SOURCE: Arthritis Alliance of Canada
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