Diabetes Action Canada Participates in Unprecedented Collaboration with the World Economic Forum to Tackle Rampant Type 2 Diabetes


On February 16, 2018, Diabetes Action Canada, represented by Dr. Catharine Whiteside, alongside 69 other healthcare representative gathered at the World Economic Forum to launch a pilot project to reduce the negative impact of Type 2 diabetes in Ontario.  Canada has an estimated 3.5 million Canadian with Type 2 diabetes, and in Ontario, an estimated 4.6 million are classified as either diabetic or pre-diabetic.  These numbers are rising, leaving many Canadians with a substantial personal health care burden and straining the Canadian health care system.  Considering these compelling statistics, representatives from the public sector, hospitals, primary care, community services, private sector, patient advocacy group and academia are now working together to plan for collective impact to reduce the prevalence and rate of complications resulting from Type 2 diabetes.  Initial work for this coalition, will focus its efforts in the Toronto Central, Mississauga Halton, Central West and North West Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs).  In this forum, Diabetes Action Canada will focus on the advice of our Patient Partners about their needs to ultimately achieve the Quadruple Aim goals (improved patient experience, population outcomes, health professional experience and health system cost).  To read more about the World Economic Forum and Ontario Launch Pilot Project visit here: https://www.weforum.org/press/2018/02/world-economic-forum-and-ontario-launch-pilot-project-to-tackle-rampant-diabetes

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