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Health Promotion


In 2009, CAMI ( Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders) received funding from the CHSSN (Community Health and Social Services Network), via Health Canada, to carry out a Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Project entitled: “Building a healthy English-speaking community, improving the quality of life at all ages and stages”.  This is a complementary project to the Networking and Partnership Initiative, enabling CAMI, in partnership with its public partners, to develop and carry out health promotion and disease prevention programs, as well as activities in English.
The ultimate goal of the project is to improve access to health promotion and disease prevention programs, by reinforcing the partnership between the community and public sector.  We also seek to provide support to our partners, in order to ensure the successful delivery of programs that reflect the needs of the ESC (English-speaking community).  By creating strong relationships with these partners, once project funding has ceased, they can continue to adapt programs and activities, delivering quality health and social services to the ESC.
In 2009-2010, a needs assessment was carried out in order to identify the current health status of the ESC.

The results highlight:

  • The three health issues affecting the English speaking community are: obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • The areas of preventative and awareness programs that need additional promotion in the ESC are: breast cancer, nutritional information, heart disease and substance abuse.
The information gathered within this study determined the illnesses afflicting English speakers, as well as the effectiveness of current services available, from a patient’s perspective.  Furthermore, CAMI is able to better communicate the needs of the ESC to public partners, more particularly the CSSS des Iles (Centre de santé et de services sociaux).        ​

Health promotion and awareness campaign acitivities, include:

  • Health information capsules via CFIM radio, aired weekly
  • Monthly distribution of  newsletters
  • Social media promotion via Facebook, blogging, etc…

Programs that have been adapted and delivered to date within the English speaking community: 

Stand-Up Program – This is a 12 week fall prevention and rehabilitation program for seniors, which aims to improve balance, leg strength, ankle flexibility, bone density and, if possible, the capacity to get up alone.  After the 12 weeks, seniors are encouraged to continue with their exercises, using the skills gained during the program.

5/30 Health Challenge – This health and wellness challenge offers a global approach to health, while stressing the importance of taking care of our body and mind.  It is an opportunity to take concrete steps to eat better, be more active, and to care for ourselves.  The program, over a six week period, requires people to commit to achieving the following goals:  Eating at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables (a minimum of 5 days a week); moving at least 30 minutes a day (a minimum of 5 days a week); improving wellness by setting a goal of choice from the following: help yourself sleep well, having some time for yourself, and assigning priority to priorities.

Friends for Life –   This is a ten week program for students, implemented in the daily classroom curriculum by the homeroom teacher.  It is designed to manage, or prevent, the onset of anxiety and depression in children and youth.  It can help children cope with feelings of fear, worry, anger, etc.  “Friends for Life” is an intervention program to help children build their self-esteem, as well as behavioral and emotional skills.  It is given to the whole class, in order to avoid singling out or labelling of certain students.  This program does not involve any clinical assessment or diagnosis.

Day Center for seniors – The day center service promotes the prevention of social isolation among seniors, which leads to increased feelings of loneliness and social interaction difficulties. The Day Centre aims to motivate seniors by encouraging them to participate in various activities and enabling them to remain as independent and socially integrated as possible.  It is also an external resource in home support, which offers therapeutic services and preventive activities to people aged 65 and over.

Diabetes Tele-Monitoring – CAMI, in collaboration with the CSSS des Iles, Servizi (Italian-Canadian Community Services of Quebec), REISA (East Island Network for English Language Services) and McGill University, has completed Phase I of a diabetes tele-monitoring pilot project that was funded by PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada).  The goal of this project was to develop, implement, and maintain a sustainable tele-monitoring system, via Blackberry, so that people of our ESC can have more direct contact with their healthcare providers, while improving their diabetes self-management, and essentially cutting costs to our health care system.