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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 6, 2018

CMA’s Message to Canada’s Premiers

The CMA submitted a letter to Premiers in advance of the meeting of the Council of the Federation meeting taking place in New Brunswick mid-July. Consistent with our focus on seniors’ care, the CMA emphasized its support for the ongoing collaboration of Canada’s Premiers on addressing the needs of our aging population. We reiterated the CMA’s proposal for new federal funding to support provinces and territories in delivering health care for seniors. Under the CMA’s proposal, this new federal funding would be in addition to the existing Canada Health Transfer and would be based on demographics. To further expand on this concept, the CMA will be releasing additional details, fully costed, in mid-July.

Azin Peyrow, Director, Provincial/Territorial & Municipal Collaboration,

CMA-PTMA Staff Meet and Greet Event (Sunday, August 19 in Winnipeg)

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Doctors Manitoba are co-hosting a staff meet and greet event following the opening reception of the Health Summit in Winnipeg. The collaboration between CMA-PTMA staff is important for many of the initiatives and priorities of our organizations. We are taking the opportunity of the CMA’s first Health Summit to co-host an event for our staff to meet in person. The staff event will take place at the Delta Hotel (Charleswood Room) at 8pm on Sunday, August 19th.

Please RSVP to by Friday, August 3, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg!

This month’s updates

In June Demand a Plan acknowledged Pride with a piece on housing dedicated to LGBTQ seniors. We celebrated seniors’ month in Ontario, by attending the Agewell Solutions Seniors’ Celebration in Ottawa. Coming up we are surveying Demand a Plan supporters to asking them which recommendation impacts them the most. This is part of the CMA’s broader efforts of selecting the seniors care recommendations for the 2019 elections. At the beginning of July, we will be encouraging supporters to send an email to their elected officials about the upcoming Council of the Federation Meeting by using the following link: Demand a plan: council of federations.

Audrey Grandmaison, Advisor, Patient and Public Mobilization,

Hundreds seek opportunity to bring a patient perspective to the CMA

More than 500 Canadians have applied to become members of the CMA’s new patient engagement body, the CMA Patient Voice.

In May, the CMA launched the call for nominations, looking for 12 individuals with knowledge and experience as patients in Canada. Together, they will form the inaugural group, along with two appointed members of the CMA Board of Directors.

Rooted in the CMA 2020 strategic plan, the CMA Patient Voice was created to strengthen our advocacy efforts by providing an informed patient perspective, highlighting emerging issues amongst patients and the public, and providing insights on our patient engagement strategies and campaigns.

The selection panel – which includes three external patient engagement experts – is now creating a short list of candidates. In evaluating the applicants, the panel will be looking for diversity to ensure the group is reflective of Canadian society. Consideration will be given to applicants representing Indigenous, Francophone, LGBTQ and ethnocultural communities as well as persons with disabilities.

Following the panel’s review, the CMA hopes to announce the final 12 candidates this fall, and to hold the first meeting of the CMA Patient Voice before year end.

The CMA would like to thank its members for sharing the call for nominations with their patients.

As part of the CMA’s ongoing commitment to the patient perspective, we will be looking for more ways to hear from Canadians, through public surveys, the Demand a Plan campaign and participation at CMA events. Twenty-five patients are being sponsored to attend this year’s Health Summit in Winnipeg, and we look forward to hearing from them how innovation can impact our health and health systems.

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