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Chronic diseases account for 65% of all deaths in Canada.
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Overview and History


CDPAC OVERVIEW: CONFRONTING THE EPIDEMIC OF CHRONIC DISEASE

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. In Canada, about two thirds of total deaths are due to chronic diseases.

While many chronic diseases can be prevented or postponed, factors that put people at risk for them are common. Because many chronic conditions share common modifiable risk factors, Canadians are often at high risk for several major diseases at once.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is a network of 12 national organizations who have come together around the common cause of chronic disease prevention.

Vision

“Canadians will be supported by a comprehensive, sufficiently resourced, sustainable, and integrated system of research, surveillance, policies, and programs that promote health and prevent chronic disease.”

 

Mission

Working primarily at the national level, CDPAC’s mission is to take an integrated, population health approach to influence policies and practices that will help prevent chronic disease. CDPAC has two core functions - advocacy and knowledge for action.



CDPAC HISTORY

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) was constituted in 2001 to strengthen linkages among established, new, and emerging chronic disease prevention initiatives in Canada. The idea of a national alliance emerged from the experience of many organizations in several initiatives, including: