Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 92, Issue 4, pp I3–I9 | Cite as

From Death and Disability to Patient Empowerment: An Interprofessional Partnership to Achieve Cardiovascular Health in Canada

  • Jacqueline McClaran
  • David Kaufman
  • Millicent Toombs
  • Sue Beardall
  • Isra Levy
  • Arun Chockalingam


This paper proposes a paradigm shift in health care from a focus on death and disability to one on health empowerment resulting in improved cardiovascular lifestyles for all Canadians. It describes a national interprofessional initiative to achieve this new vision in the area of cardiovascular health promotion. Achieving Cardiovascular Health in Canada (ACHIC) is a partnership of health professional associations and other health advocate groups whose vision is to promote optimal cardiovascular health (including cerebrovascular health) for all Canadians through interprofessional partnership initiatives and support systems. ACHIC’s objectives are to: 1) identify system barriers and supports to cardiovascular health; 2) develop strategies that will have a positive impact on the practices of health professionals/educators in the promotion of cardiovascular health; 3) develop an interprofessional national approach to support strategies to achieve cardiovascular health in Canada; and 4) support the development and delivery of consistent, evidence-based messages by health professionals/educators for promotion of cardiovascular health.


Cet article propose un virement dans l’approche empruntée par les intervenants de la santé, centrée non pas sur la morbidité et la mortalité mais plutôt sur une nouvelle prise de pouvoir sur la santé qui permettrait d’améliorer le mode de vie cardiovasculaire de tous les Canadiens. L’article décrit une initiative interprofessionnelle sur le plan national visant à implanter cette nouvelle vision dans le domaine de la santé cardiovasculaire. Réaliser la santé car-diovasculaire au Canada (RSCC) réunit des associations de professionnels de la santé et d’autres organismes voués à la promotion de la santé publique. Cette initiative a comme mission de promouvoir une santé cardiovasculaire optimale (incluant cérébrovasculaire) pour tous les Canadiens, au moyen de collaborations et associations interprofessionnelles et de systèmes de soutien. Les objectifs spécifiques du RSCC sont: 1) d’identifier les facteurs dans le système de santé actuel qui empêchent ou qui encouragent la santé cardiovasculaire; 2) de développer des stratégies qui auront un impact positif sur la pratique des professionnels et éducateurs de la santé lorsqu’ils promouvoient la santé cardiovas-culaire; 3) de développer une approche interprofessionnelle sur le plan national permettant de réaliser la santé cardiovasculaire au Canada; et 4) d’appuyer le développement et la communication, par les professionnels et éducateurs de la santé, de messages constants, crédibles et fondés sur les preuves scientifiques qui promouvoient la santé cardiovasculaire.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline McClaran
    • 1
  • David Kaufman
    • 2
  • Millicent Toombs
    • 3
  • Sue Beardall
    • 3
  • Isra Levy
    • 3
  • Arun Chockalingam
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Medical EducationDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.McGill Centre for Continuing Medical EducationMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Canadian Medical AssociationOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health CanadaOttawaCanada

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