In April, 2009, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced a federal investment of $10 million for initiatives to address gaps identified in the National Lung Health Framework, and to provide information to Canadians on how to prevent, detect and better manage their respiratory diseases. This injection of funds over three years (2009 – 2012) supports the Framework to begin work in its four strategic areas.
The investment is being managed between:
A) The Public Health Agency of Canada which invited eligible organizations to submit proposals for funding under the Lung Health Program; and,
B) the First Nations Inuit Health Branch to specifically look at three issues associated with respiratory diseases within First Nations and Inuit communities: Asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
A) Lung Health Program, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Agency of Canada
The funding for this program is being disbursed in two phases:
Phase 1 (2009-2010) focuses on collecting baseline data, environmental scanning, identifying gaps and investment priorities, and promoting opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and information sharing.
Phase 2 (2010-2012) will invest in new and existing initiatives that reflect the findings of year one and which will fill gaps, identify and disseminate best-practices, promote knowledge-sharing, and continue to build partnerships. By the end of Phase 2, we will see a growing set of tools and information resources for all stakeholders, campaigns and awareness initiatives targeting at-risk populations, and an evaluation of how far the Framework has come and how this investment has advanced respiratory health in Canada.