CAMH capped off National
Non-Smoking Week with a $700,000 gift from the Public Health Agency of Canada for the Picking up the PACE (Promoting
and Accelerating Change through Empowerment) program – a new, holistic smoking
cessation resource program for health practitioners provided through CAMH.
“Tobacco use alone is harmful enough but when
combined with poor nutrition, physical inactivity, stress, poor sleep and or
excessive drinking, the risk for chronic disease and dying early increase
immensely,” said Dr. Peter Selby, CAMH’s
Director of Medical Education.
The Picking up
the PACE program provides online courses for health practitioners
as well as tools they can use with patients to help address multiple risk
factors for smoking, such as excess alcohol consumption, physical inactivity,
poor nutrition, stress and poor sleep.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support
programs like Picking Up the PACE
that help reduce tobacco use and
addiction, and contribute to improved health for Canadians,” said Robert
Oliphant, MP for Don Valley
West at a CAMH event January 26. “Through this project, we are helping health
practitioners who support Canadians in improving their overall health,
well-being and quality of life.”
Robert Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West
on behalf of Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, announces funding
for Picking Up the PACE.
The Picking up the Pace program builds on CAMH’s Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation
Counselling and Health Project,
which trains health practitioners on how to promote healthy living habits that
can help Canadians decrease tobacco use. PACE is also supported by the Medical Psychiatry Alliance
(MPA), a collaborative health partnership of CAMH, SickKids, Trillium Health
Partners, the University of Toronto and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Care. The MPA’s goal is to provide better access to, and coordination of,
integrated health care services for patients living with co-existing mental and
(L to R): Robert Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West, Lori Spadorcia, VP, Communications and Partnerships, CAMH Rosa Dragonetti, Project Director, Addictions Research and Education, CAMH and Dr. Peter Selby, CAMH Director of Medical Education.
patients need expert treatment paying attention to root causes to improve these
behaviours,” said Dr. Selby. I am very grateful to the Public Health
Agency of Canada and for the additional support from the MPA to enable us to
develop better programs to help patients lead healthier lives.”
Read the news release from the Government of Canada.
Published on January 26, 2018