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NOVEMBER 2017
 
IN BRIEF
 
 
DESIGNING HEALTHY LIVING IN CANADA: NEW REPORT FROM CANADA'S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
 
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, released The Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017: Designing Healthy Living. The report uses a multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to explore the role of the built environment in public health.

Dr. Tam identifies six calls-to-action to encourage smarter and more collaborative approaches to infrastructure planning. The report also includes a profile on Healthy Canada by Design, a project funded through the Partnership's Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative. Healthy Canada by Design leveraged networking, collaboration and knowledge exchange to support the design and development of healthy communities across Canada.

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  Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report
 
 
THE IMPACT OF PATIENT-PROVIDER COMMUNICATION ON THE CANADIAN PATIENT EXPERIENCE: SURVEY RESULTS
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
The Partnership published The experience of patients with cancer during diagnosis and treatment planning: a descriptive study of Canadian survey results in the latest edition of Current Oncology.

Using survey data from 8 provinces, findings suggest the experiences of patients with cancer could be improved in several areas. Study findings point to a need for clinicians to identify and address the emotional needs of patients during the
diagnosis phase, including making proper referrals to support services. Enabling open discussion with patients about treatment options and addressing practical concerns and potential barriers to treatment, is critical. Lastly, continued reporting about the patient experience at the system level allows for a better understanding of how well the cancer control system is delivering high-quality care.
 
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NEW GRIEF SUPPORT RESOURCE LAUNCHES ON CANADA'S FIRST ANNUAL NATIONAL BEREAVEMENT DAY
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
On November 21, Canadian Virtual Hospice marked the first annual National Bereavement Day with the launch of KidsGrief.ca, a national initiative to help parents, guardians and caregivers discuss death and dying with children.

KidsGrief.ca is a free, bilingual online resource that addresses these, and other difficult topics, and provides practical strategies, talking points, and video clips of families sharing personal stories.
 
The tool was developed with funding from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority and Hope & Cope. It builds on MyGrief.ca, an online resource for grieving adults launched by the Canadian Virtual Hospice in 2016, with funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
 
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‘CITIES DRIVING CHANGE' AT THE 2017 WORLD CANCER LEADERS' SUMMIT
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
The World Cancer Leaders' Summit, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), was held 13-15 November 2017 in Mexico City, organized around the theme ‘Cities driving change.' Key decision-makers from around the world explored how to partner with cities to meet global commitments related to cancer prevention and care by 2025.

The Summit built on growing momentum for coordinated, global
responses to cancer, following the adoption of the cancer resolution at the 2017 World Health Assembly – the decision-making body of the World Health Organization – and the inclusion of non-communicable disease targets in the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals, spearheaded by the United Nations.
 
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WHAT ARE THE OPTIMAL FIT THRESHOLDS FOR COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING IN CANADA?
 
Cancer System Performance | 2017 Report  
An article published in the Journal of Cancer Policy evaluates the health and economic impacts of various colorectal cancer screening scenarios. The report shows lowering immunochemical faecal testing (FIT) thresholds may reduce cancer incidence and mortality, while improving the cost-effectiveness of organized colorectal cancer screening. However, lower FIT thresholds will place increased pressure on colonoscopy resources, especially in the short term. Findings are based on projections from OncoSim – a microsimulation modelling tool used to explore cancer control policy alternatives.

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