Phase II Projects

Phase II Projects – Taima TB
This document is meant to give an overview of the progress of the project and highlight some of the main results.
 
Taima TB
Government of Nunavut
The objectives of Taima TB (Stop Tuberculosis) are to prevent and control the spread of TB, in the context of a very serious outbreak, and to work towards its elimination in Nunavut. Key activities include going door-to-door in high-risk neighbourhoods in Iqaluit in order to diagnose and treat latent TB infections through new leading-edge diagnostic techniques. In addition to diagnosing and treating latent TB cases before they become active cases, the door-to-door campaign will also provide information to individuals on how best to manage their disease. Additionally, the project will build greater knowledge and awareness about TB in the community, through town hall meetings, focus groups, and social media.
Overview: Taima TB
 
The Respiratory Health Awareness Community Outreach and Engagement Model in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities: Pilot Intervention
Asthma Society of Canada
The objective of this project is to incorporate the knowledge gained from Phase I of the Lung Health Program by implementing the preferred health information delivery model (i.e., the one-community outreach model) identified in Phase I as a pilot test in six Aboriginal communities across Canada. The pilot project will empower Aboriginal communities (which experience respiratory illnesses at much higher rates than the rest of the Canadian population) to create better awareness of lung health, to improve their knowledge about risk factors for respiratory conditions and to enable First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to establish their own community-based resources on respiratory health.
 
Air Aware
Clean Air Champions
This project will educate youth and adults involved in the sport/recreation market (teachers, parents, coaches, recreation leaders, sport administrators) about lung disease, primarily asthma, and its links to air quality. One unique aspect of this project is that both youth and adults will be taught how to prevent negative impacts on their lung health using the recently developed Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Key activities include: the development of online tools to educate youth about the links between air quality and lung health, including ongoing development of an interactive website to house these resources; and presentations and workshops delivered by high-performance athletes, which include the need to educate young people about increasing their physical activity levels safely.
Overview: Air Aware
 
Tobacco Has No Place Here: Nunavut Tobacco Education and Communications Campaign
Government of Nunavut
This project will build on the results obtained in Phase I of the Lung Health Program, undertaking a comprehensive tobacco education and awareness campaign geared towards the Inuit population in Nunavut (in which 60-75% of adults smoke daily), with a special emphasis on youth education, mass media, role model marketing and training for community-based health professionals. This initiative will advance the goals outlined in the Nunavut Public Health Strategy 2008-2013, which identifies the reduction of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use as one of its top priorities. The proposed activities will also serve to support the development of a new Nunavut Tobacco Reduction Strategy.
 
Tuberculosis Education in Aboriginal Youth: An Historical, Socio-Cultural and Public Health Promotional Curriculum
University of Alberta
This project will develop a culturally relevant TB curriculum aimed at Canadian Aboriginal youth in three communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The curriculum, aimed at reducing transmission and stigma, will consist of three modules or lessons having TB themes: 1) What is TB? How is it Contracted? What are its Symptoms? How is it Managed?; 2) TB History/TB in Context of Social Disparities, Socio-cultural Influences/ Stigma/Holism; and 3) TB’s Connection to Other Communicable Diseases, Housing, Indoor Air Quality, Recreational Smoking and Nutrition. Through the delivery of the curriculum to predominantly Aboriginal high schools, the project expects to fill the gaps in knowledge in this population, and increase awareness regarding maladaptive attitudes and practices, identified in the Phase I project, that facilitate transmission of TB.
 
3 Week Cough Campaign
Canadian Lung Association
This project will focus on de-normalizing chronic cough, by undertaking a national media campaign that targets Canadians most at risk of lung disease. Its goal is to reduce the fear of diagnosis among those with chronic cough through education, to increase their knowledge of the possible meaning of chronic cough and to encourage those with chronic cough to seek earlier diagnosis and treatment, including spirometry testing. This will strengthen efforts towards improved detection and management of respiratory illnesses for all populations in Canada. This national campaign will take place in six languages (English, French, two First Nations languages, Cantonese, Mandarin), in both urban and rural areas.
 
Addressing Barriers to Accessing Smoking Cessation Services and Promoting Early Detection of COPD in Yukon
Government of Yukon
This project will address the high smoking rates in the Yukon and the impact of COPD through two complementary activities: 1) increasing access to, and acceptability of, smoking cessation services; and 2) promoting earlier detection of COPD. Specifically, the project will identify and address barriers to accessing smoking cessation services; will build diagnostic capacity for COPD screening and will expand COPD screening activities in order to reduce the tobacco-related health impacts on the population of Yukon. The activities will include those living in rural communities with elevated smoking rates and unique needs regarding access to cessation services.