Action Plans

In developing the Framework, stakeholders identified common goals across sectors and disciplines. New and increased collaborations, communities and partnerships emerged as stakeholders capitalized on the opportunities presented by the Framework to build action plans and networks to address their specific issues. As these Action Plans develop and are implemented, the Framework Secretariat will monitor and share this work, increasing the Plans’ overall impact on respiratory health in Canada. The Framework Secretariat will also evaluate the Plans’ collective impact on the Framework’s strategies and goals.
 
First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Many valuable collaborations are emerging from the Framework. One such collaboration is the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Core Planning Group. This joint effort by the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council addresses the historic, social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants that are disproportionately driving respiratory disease rates among Aboriginal Peoples. This group has been using the Framework to engage respiratory health stakeholders in dialogue regarding the promotion of lung health, and the challenges and solutions to understanding, preventing and managing respiratory disease among First Nations, Inuit and Métis. 
 
National Respiratory Research Strategy
Through their participation in the Framework’s development, Canada’s respiratory health research community has begun developing a National Respiratory Research Strategy. This initiative, led by the Canadian Thoracic Society and The Lung Association, aims to increase respiratory research and training capacity through the development of research networks and partnerships, as well as through competitiveness for, and availability of, funding for lung research.
 
Sound research provides the evidence base necessary for successful policies, programs and services. Knowledge exchange also contributes to the success of these initiatives, and is essential to the translation of research into practice. The PRESTINE project is but one example of the Framework’s involvement in research and knowledge translation. Here, the Framework is part of a collaborative effort to scale a provincial electronic medical records initiative up to the national level.
 
Federal
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.