Health and Community Services
June 19, 2017

Minister Haggie Releases Chronic Disease Action Plan

The Provincial Government today released its Chronic Disease Action Plan. The Chronic Disease Action Plan contains a series of concrete initiatives focused on prevention, self-management, treatment and care. Each initiative highlights specific actions to support health care providers in delivering quality, person-centred care and to empower people to achieve personal health goals.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • Launch the BETTER program to provide one-on-one lifestyle coaching this fall;
  • Expand the HealthLine to include the services of registered dietitians this summer;
  • Expand Remote Patient Monitoring programs by the end of the year;
  • Increase the use of Telehealth in community-based offices and clinics this year; and
  • Launch a new Chronic Disease Registry this summer.

Work has already started on the initiatives. All initiatives will be fully implemented between now and the end of 2018.

The Chronic Disease Action Plan balances the need to improve health and address key priorities outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, while remaining fiscally responsible. It forms part of a broader health sector approach, enhancing community-based supports, redesigning primary health care services and complementing ongoing healthy living work underway through the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development.

“No plan is able to get rid of chronic disease all together. The Chronic Disease Action Plan is instead the health system’s contribution to a much larger puzzle to reduce the continuing high prevalence of chronic disease in this province. It will support those with chronic disease, and those at risk of developing a chronic disease. We want to help enable people, empower people to take action to reduce their risk, and prevent onset.”
John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“Approximately 61% of people aged 12 years and older in the province have a Chronic Disease. Using technology, new programs and a self-management approach to care, we are working with people in the health system, in their homes and in their communities to support them on their path to healthy living.”
Sarah Randell
Central Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Consultant

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