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This week's feature, An Overview of Chronic Disease Prevention, is contributed by Nancy Dubois and "focuses on the growing worldwide trend to address population health through an integrated approach that has as its goal the prevention of many related chronic diseases."

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Preventing Chronic Disease: A Strategic Framework


 Background Paper, October, 2001. National Public Health Partnership, Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia.

From the website: "The Background Paper Preventing Chronic Disease: A Strategic Framework presents a national framework for system- wide strategic action that draws on the evidence about underlying determinants of poor health, knowledge of risk factors that are common to a number of diseases, and a lifecourse perspective on predisposing factors."

Promising Practices in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control: A Public Health Framework for Action


 Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2003. 195 pp

From the preface: "The chapters that follow provide concrete examples of how state and local health departments can apply these four principles, leverage their limited resources,
and coordinate the efforts of all groups with a stake in chronic disease prevention and control. All of us at CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease."

Free Resources from the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse


The Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC) is clearing out some older publications that still have a lot of useful information on health promotion issues and strategies and community and organizational development and skills. The standard format of these resource packages is an introduction, overview and discussion of the issue/approach, references and related resources (the only section quite out-of-date).

The out of print packages are Suicide Prevention Resource Package (Oct 1994, 33 pp), Alcohol Moderation Resource Package (Aug 1993, 35 pp), Low Fat Diet Resource Package (May 1991, 25 pp), Smoking Cessation Resource Package (Jan 1991, 27 pp), Funding Strategies Resource Package (Nov 1991, 66 pp), Achieving Change/En plein changement (Mar 1996, 40 pp), Prevention de la violence faite aux femmes (nov 1992, 94 pp), On se branche? (Mars 1998, 51 pp), Developpment communautaire (May 1995, 45 pp), Le tabagisme (juillet 1996, 143 pp), Les competences parentales (mars 1997, 86 pp), and Securite alimentaire (mars 1997, 45 pp).

If you would like copies, please forward your mailing address and the desired number of copies for each resource to before June 27, 2003. We only ask that you pay the shipping/postage costs, which we will invoice you for. There are limited numbers--so act now to get your free resources. Please forward this information to anyone that you think may be interested in the publications.

Hot Topics in Healthy Living: How to Choose a Quality Fitness Facility


To coincide with SummerActive, the Alberta Centre for Active Living is coordinating five Hot Topics in Healthy Living. This week's Hot Topic, How to Choose a Quality Fitness Facility, was produced by the Provincial Fitness Unit, and is available at

During the SummerActive campaign, the Alberta Centre for Active Living will post a new Hot Topic every Tuesday. Watch for further announcements as each Hot Topic information sheet is posted!

If you would like to post this Hot Topic on your website or to reprint it, please contact Kathy Garnsworthy, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Alberta Centre for Active Living, (780) 415-6248 or

Voluntary Sector IT Awards


Does your organization recruit and support volunteers? use information technology to improve the delivery of your services to Ontarians? build networks with other voluntary sector organizations? create partnerships with the public or private sector? If you answer yes, apply for the 2003 Voluntary Sector IT Awards!

The Voluntary Sector IT Awards recognize the excellent work community-based organizations are doing with information technology. This award is part of Making IT Work for Volunteers, a partnership between the Information Technology Association of Canada for Ontario (ITAC Ontario) and the Ministry of Citizenship of the Government of Ontario.

The awards will be given out in September 2003 at Showcase Ontario, where IT service-delivery expertise from the public, private and voluntary sector is shared. The top winner will receive the Diamond Award of Excellence. Three Merit Award winners will receive a medal. Winning projects will be featured as a case study in the Lac Carling Governments' Review Magazine in addition to being highlighted on the Showcase Ontario, IT World Canada,, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and ITAC Ontario web sites. Last year's Diamond Award of Excellence winner was (Community Information Toronto). Merit Awards went out to Altruvest Boardmatch, TakingITGlobal and Canadian Hearing Society.

If you think you may be eligible, please complete the Entry Form and Release Form at If you know of an organization you can share this information with, please do so. Organizations that applied in 2002 are encouraged to resubmit for this year's awards.

If you have any questions, please contact is a partnership between the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Ministry of Citizenship of the Government of Ontario.

National Institutes of Health and the Gates Foundation Issue Call for Ideas on Global Health


Harold E. Varmus, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, called on the international health research community in May 2003 to identify the greatest scientific and technological challenges in global health--the principal current challenges standing in the way of major progress.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $200 million to establish the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). Dr. Varmus serves as scientific board chairman of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. The goal of the initiative is to identify critical scientific and/or technical challenges, which if solved, could lead to important advances against diseases and improve health in the developing world.

Before June 15, health researchers around the world are encouraged to submit their ideas on what they consider to be the scientific challenges in global health at this time. Ten to fifteen of the most compelling challenges will be selected from the submissions received. The resulting "Grand Challenges" will be announced this fall, and solicitations for research grant proposals to address them will follow.

For more information, go to

An Overview of Chronic Disease Prevention


I Introduction
II Why Take a Chronic Disease Prevention Approach
III What does a CDP Approach Look Like?
IV Current Practice
V Examples of Integration Efforts
VI References

--by Nancy Dubois, THCU consultant and member of the Steering Committee of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada


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