Eastern Health released a long-term plan to prevent and manage chronic disease today.
The chronic disease prevention and management strategy is aimed at making the changes necessary to help prevent and manage chronic disease, states an Eastern Health news release.
The strategy hopes to provide a wholistic approach to health care, and looks at the health system, health promotion, government, community involvement and the proactive client.
Eastern Health states it will use a co-ordinated approach to chronic disease prevention and management through the strategy, which includes a focus on diabetes.
Alice Kennedy, Eastern Health vice president responsible for chronic disease management, said the strategy will focus on the health of the whole population through promoting wellness.
“Implementing this strategy means diminishing the burden of chronic disease, reducing risk factors which increase the likelihood of developing health problems, and promoting healthy lifestyles will help contribute to an overall improvement in the health of the populations we serve,” she said.
The seven main components of the strategy are:
• Creating supportive work and living environments;
• Supporting communities to identify and achieve health priorities;
• Providing self-management support, such as self-management workshops;
• Advocating for and building healthy public policy;
• Improving decision support and insuring that health care professionals have the tools they need available to them;
• Improving delivery system design to better support the population in preventing and managing disease;
• Improving Eastern Health’s ability to use information systems to better support health care with timely information, feedback, and evaluation, to better identify opportunities for improvement.