Goals and Strategies

Health Promotion, Awareness and Disease Prevention

Goal: To prevent, and moderate the impact of, respiratory illnesses through the development and implementation of effective, coordinated: health promotion, awareness, exposure reduction, and smoking prevention/cessation activities.

Strategies identified to meet this goal:

  • Make the prevention of chronic and infectious respiratory disease a national priority within health care reform;
  • Increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding of – and active engagement with – respiratory health issues by the public and all stakeholders;
  • Increase awareness of the impact of environmental issues on respiratory health – at work, at home, at school, and at play;
  • Reduce exposure to environmental air contaminants by influencing people to avoid exposures and to reduce their own contribution to indoor/outdoor air contaminants;
  • Assist people living in Canada to avoid taking up smoking and to stop smoking, and counter or “denormalize” tobacco industry promotional efforts (leveraging and coordinating with other tobacco strategies and initiatives);
  • Collaborate with other strategies and initiatives relevant to respiratory health.

Disease Detection and Management

Goal: Improve the health outcomes and quality of life for everyone in Canada through early detection and better management of respiratory diseases.

Strategies identified to meet this goal:

  • Implement earlier detection;
  • Promote a system of inter-disciplinary health care teams for the management of respiratory diseases;
  • Promote patient empowerment and self-management;
  • Improve treatment, rehabilitation and supportive care in the full continuum from detection through to palliative care;
  • Implement, and increase use of, standards, guidelines and best practices;
  • Collaborate and coordinate efforts with other chronic and infectious disease strategies and initiatives.

Policy, Partnerships, and Community/Systems Support

Goal: Develop, implement and strengthen the support structures essential to an effective respiratory health management strategy for all sectors, including policy and legislation, partnerships, community supports, and health care system delivery and design.

Strategies identified to meet this goal:

  • Advocate for healthy public policies and enforcement resources to prevent respiratory disease and improve respiratory health;
  • Build and enhance strategic partnerships that cut across jurisdictions, disciplines, and sectors;
  • Increase availability of, and access to, programs throughout the community across the continuum of care;
  • Improve education and training for health care providers;
  • Create widely accessible knowledge exchange structures for respiratory health stakeholders;
  • Identify and address remaining support structure gaps, needs and priorities in the respiratory health community.

Research, Surveillance and Knowledge Translation

Goal: Drive effective prevention and management of respiratory disease and its risk factors, through enhanced, coordinated research and surveillance efforts that are then translated into both improved health outcomes and economic benefits.

Strategies identified to meet this goal:

  • Increase funding for respiratory health research and knowledge translation towards disease prevention, detection, management, and cure;
  • Increase respiratory research capacity;
  • Improve surveillance of respiratory health and measurement of health outcomes as part of a broader, comprehensive disease surveillance system;
  • Effectively translate respiratory health research findings into knowledge, best practices, policies and programs for a range of audiences, including the public, industry, healthcare providers, policymakers and funders;
  • Expand the research that examines relationships between respiratory health and the needs of at-risk populations.