Media advisory - Child Health Summit to be Held in Ottawa on April 25-26

    Health Experts to Develop an Action Plan to Tackle Growing Challenge

    OTTAWA, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Child Health Initiative (CHI),
consisting of the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Paediatric Society
and The College of Family Physicians of Canada will co-host a Child Health
Summit in Ottawa that will bring together experts, advocates, stakeholders and
key influencers to discuss a wide variety of children's health issues in
    The goals of the Summit are to raise public awareness, develop broad
support for a Child Health Charter and Challenge, as well as to secure
commitments to future action. Participants hope that their deliberations will
help lead the charge to position Canada as one of the five leading countries
in all child-health indicators.

    All sessions are open to the media. Registration is available on site.

    Wednesday, April 25th

    Child Health Summit Reception
    6:00PM to 8:00PM
    Drawing Room
    Fairmont Chateau Laurier
    1 Rideau Street
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Highlights include - introduction of honourary co-chairs, Silken Laumann
and Michel Naubert; a keynote speech by The Honourable James K. Bartleman,
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; and, performances by Aboriginal Experiences
Dance Troup, Glashan Public School Choir and the Lisgar Collegiate Senior
String Quartet.

    Thursday, April 26th

    Child Health Summit Meeting
    7:30AM to 4:30PM
    Hall A-B
    Ottawa Congress Centre
    55 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario

    The full schedule is available at Highlights include:

    8:45AM-9:35AM   "The International Perspective" from Professor Sir Albert
                    Aynsley-Green, Children's Commissioner for England

                    "The Research Perspective" from Dr. Michael Kramer,
                    Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Human Development,
                    Child and Youth Health

                    "The Parliamentary Perspective" from Rob Merrifield MP,
                    Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on

    9:50AM-10:20AM  Walk a Mile in My Sneakers - A Children's Perspective on
                    Canada's Child Health Charter with representatives from
                    Ipsos Reid and the National Association of Friendship

    11:20AM-12:00PM Perspectives on Aboriginal Child Health with
                    Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First
                    Nations; Mary Simon, President of the Inuit Tapiriit
                    Kanatami; and Clément Chartier, President of the Métis
                    National Council

    12:00PM-1:30PM  Lunch Address by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of

                    Media Availability

    1:30PM-4:00PM   Plenary Session on the Child Health Charter, and Child
                    Health Challenge

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Steve Wharry, Media Relations,
Canadian Medical Association, (613) 298-4669; Olivia Craft, Public Relations
Coordinator, Canadian Paediatric Society, (613) 850-4868; Jayne Johnston,
Communications Manager, The College of Family Physicians of Canada, (905)
629-0900 ext.303

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