Who are we?
The Calgary Cardiovascular Network (CCN) is a local group whose mandate is to work together with all interested parties to prevent and control both heart disease and stroke in our communities. The network is a multidisciplinary and multisectoral group made up of representatives of the medical, nursing, nutrition, psychological and fitness professions, community and volunteer agencies, commodity groups, retailers and education. This group is committed to the Calgary Cardiovascular Network being an action-orientated network whose work focuses on four strategic priorities:
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Cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) is the leading cause of death and suffering in Canada and as a result is the major source of health care expenditures. Over one third of deaths in Canada are attributable to cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, the prevalence of many cardiovascular risk factors is increasing with the real possibility of this disease overwhelming the capacity of our health care system.
The impact of cardiovascular disease is largely preventable through:
The individual cannot be the only focus for change. Strategies need to be implemented at a community level. In the Calgary area this requires the formation of a network of dedicated and interested individuals and organizations working together to create an environment where healthy living is a routine way of life.
"Communities where healthy living is the routine way of life."
"Working together to prevent and control cardiovascular disease in our communities through active coordination, awareness, and advocacy."
Key Strategic Priorities
The work of the Calgary Cardiovascular Network
Initial focus has been on the prevention and control of high blood pressure and on the promotion of healthy eating and active living. Acknowledging that these and several other risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease development are also risk factors for other chronic diseases, we are pursuing expanded partnership development. Increasing linkages with stakeholders working to prevent other chronic diseases has the potential to increase community capacity in health promotion and risk factor prevention.
The network is a multidisciplinary and multisectoral group made up of representatives of the medical, nursing, nutrition, psychological and fitness professions, community and volunteer agencies, commodity groups, retailers and educators.
The CCN does not have a consistent funding base. Funding is currently provided by donations from member organizations and interested parties as well as special project funding secured through successful grant applications. In-kind contributions from CCN members, most notably through committee and task team work are integral to the sustainability of the network.
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