Council of Patrons
Joining CICH's Council of Patrons is just one of the ways corporations can support the Institute. Established in 1996, the Council is composed of companies from sectors providing products or services to children, youth and families. These companies share our enthusiasm, values and commitment to improving children's health in Canada. Each member of the Council makes a multi-year commitment to support CICH's Five Pillars Campaign with an annual donation of $10,000 to $25,000, while providing leadership and involving other corporations within their own sector to ensure a true partnership in the promotion of children's health.
Each of the following projects lends itself to a number of opportunities for support, including sponsoring publications, research and pilot projects.
A Voice for Canada's Children
Today's youth are tomorrow's consumers of health care services. The Bringing Youth to the Health Policy Table project is intended to support youth in becoming informed agents of change in public health promotion and policy development. In a phased process, youth leaders will be trained to work with other youth in communities across Canada. Long-term benefits of this project include increased participation of young people in the democratic process, enhanced community capacity to address health-related issues and a greater variety of perspectives at the health policy table.
Early in 2002, CICH brought together youth leaders from across Canada to provide feedback on a proposed national training module and identify others to attend a national training session. The next phase of this project entails community-based train-the-trainer sessions.
Working in partnership with government agencies and non-profit organizations, including Heritage Canada, the Canadian Child Care Federation, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, The Children and Youth Home Care Network, and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, CICH is working towards formalizing The Rights of the Child in the Health Care System.
Building upon the Rights of the Hospitalized Child (CICH, 1980) and the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), CICH plans to distribute this piece to pediatric health care professionals and centres. Intended to enhance children's experiences within the health care system, this articulation of children's rights raises awareness of the importance of child-centred care.
Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth
Premature infants are at greater risk for physical and development problems than are full-term babies. The Next Steps - Caring for Your Preemie at Home, second edition, will educate parents and caregivers about caring for a premature infant at home. This updated, evidence-based edition is at least 50 per cent longer than the first and includes new sections on such topics as feeding a premature infant, developmental milestones for premature babies up to two years of age, and recognizing and coping with postpartum disorder.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) describes a set of preventable birth defects seen in children whose mothers consumed alcohol while pregnant. CICH is managing FASEout: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects Outreach Project, a three-year initiative funded by Health Canada, designed to ensure agencies and organizations across Canada are using best practices with respect to preventing, diagnosing and intervening in cases of FAS/E. The Institute is in the process of identifying 10 agencies that work with children and families within the educational, health, judicial and social service sectors to act as pilot sites. Once identified, support is needed to assist the pilot sites in evaluating and consolidating best practices related to FAS/E and implementing them nation-wide.
Healthy Child Development
CICH is undertaking a number of initiatives to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle from birth onwards. Ultimately, the Institute anticipates that increased activity in childhood will decrease the incidence of childhood obesity and related childhood diseases, thus reducing associated health care costs. Further, healthy children perform better in school, are absent less and have greater opportunity for success in higher education.
Diabetes Prevention and Promotion
Linked to rising obesity and declining rates of physical activity, the increased incidence of type 2 diabetes in children is a growing concern.
CICH is developing A Step Ahead, a project that provides a straightforward caregivers' guide to diabetes prevention in children and youth through a series of 10 brochures. Evidence-based and written in plain language, the series fills an important gap in diabetes information. Targeting children, their families and support networks, with a particular focus on Aboriginal children and youth, this project will promote life-long healthy lifestyles. This includes healthy food choices, physical activity, stress management skills and other strategies that help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
timeless advice and easy-to-follow instructions, CICH's Moving and
Growing series continues to be in high demand. Each booklet provides
parents and caregivers of children up to age six with suggestions for
In consultation with educators, other organizations and caregivers, CICH has identified the need to update and expand the series up to age nine and including nutritional information. CICH will work closely with corporate partners, parents and child health experts to integrate increased understanding of children's developmental milestones and the importance of early exercise to long-term health into the Moving and Growing II series.
Most recently, CICH launched the e-Parenting Network, an interactive web TV parenting series accessed through the Internet. The initiative was developed to provide a credible, timely, one-stop child health resource for parents and caregivers. Participants can watch programs/webcasts, read and download valuable information, and e-mail questions to be answered by experts in: climate change; safety in the home, the car and the neighbourhood; nutrition for infants, toddlers and school-age children; and effective parenting strategies. More detailed information regarding the partnership opportunities within this initiative follows.
The health of Canada's children is affected by the quality of the environment in which they live. Chemicals in our environment may pose a significant threat to child health, since children are more likely than adults to develop serious health problems from contaminants in food, air and water.
With recognized expertise in this field, CICH serves as an information resource to government and industry. Using its cluster of experts and resources, CICH takes a leadership role in developing and disseminating evidence-based recommendations regarding the impact of environmental contaminants on children's health. Through the Children's Environmental Health: Building capacity for policy development and facilitating policy change project, CICH will build a national network of voluntary sector organizations to address children's environmental health policy concerns. Support is needed to implement tactics that include a series of policy papers and a cross-country program of workshops.
The Healthy Spaces for Healthy Development initiative is an interactive, web-based program that will help caregivers ensure spaces are child-friendly and safe from environmental contaminants and hazards. The information will also be disseminated nationally through child health professionals and childcare centers in a series of printed fact sheets. A second arm of the project will address the policy issues and implications that may arise within the childcare sector.
Monitoring Children's Health
CICH is dedicated to comprehensively monitoring the health status of Canada's children, an important step in analyzing progress, setting priorities and deploying funds in a cost-effective manner.
The Institute has developed and published three editions of The Health of Canada's Children: A CICH Profile. This unique resource provides researchers, policy makers, educators, government agencies, child health professionals and others with information on the status of child health and recommendations for improvements to child health. Produced approximately every three years, the last edition was launched in 2000. CICH is in the process of gathering and analyzing data for the next edition of The Profile.
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