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OTTAWA, April 26 – The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and The College of Family Physicians of Canada launched Canada’s Child Health Iniative (CHI). We believe that one of the main priorities of our society must be to provide the conditions in which Canadian children and youth can grow up healthy.
It was for this reason that we convened Canada’s first ever Canadian Child Health Summit with the clear objective of achieving consensus on the goals and actions required to improve child and youth health in Canada. Today, we have made significant progress obtaining that goal. Child health in Canada is at a critical juncture. Poor health in the early years can place children on a damaging trajectory for the rest of their lives. It is therefore vital that Canada focus it efforts on the significant health challenges faced by Canadian children and youth.
To provide the focus needed participants at the Child Health Summit, Canada’s Child Health Champions, have developed three important documents to deliver on our goal, those being:
Child Health Declaration:
Canada’s Child Health Champions recognize that improving child health will require the collective participation of governments, businesses, health care providers, parents and communities – with the active participation of children and youth. It also requires a collective commitment to action.
To that end, Canada’s Child Health Champions came together today to express their collective commitment by signing a Declaration that commits them to the vision of working together toward the goal of ensuring Canadian children and youth have best possible opportunity to realize their full potential.
We would particularly like to acknowledge the participation of the business community – especially our sponsors, Bell Canada, Microsoft and APCO Worldwide. They realize that the health of our children and youth is not only a medical issue, it has an impact on our economy, our productivity, our human resources, and our future as a nation.
Canada’s Child Health Initiative (CHI) – Moving Forward:
While the Summit has achieved important progress, CMA, CPS, and CFPC recognize there is still much more to do. Therefore we commit to further engagement with stakeholders and the public, especially Canadian children, youth and parents. We also recognize the need to develop partnerships with others organizations and groups to exchange information and further develop policies and action to improve the health of Canada’s youngest citizens.
We recognize that improving child and youth health will take time, sustained commitment and adequate resources. However, we believe now is the time for action. Together with Canada’s Child Health Champions, we believe we can build the momentum necessary to make a difference in health of Canadian children.
Further information on the Child Health Summit can be accessed at: www.ourchildren.ca.
For further information: Steve Wharry, Media Relations, Canadian Medical Association, (613) 298-4669; Olivia Craft, Senior 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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