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ACE Recognizes Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis for 2015

Simon Fraser University, L’Oréal Canada and High Liner Foods lead the way for best arthritis workplace practices in Canada

Canadian employers, working with their private health insurers, are increasingly looking for ways to promote patient-focused prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease as part of a health and wellness program for employees. To recognize the best arthritis practices and most innovative initiatives to raise arthritis awareness, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) announced the winners of its second annual search for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis.

Based on workplace insights shared by employees and company managers, ACE is awarding these Canadian companies for their best arthritis practices in the workplace and commitment to investing in employee health and well-being:

  • Large workplace – Simon Fraser University
  • Medium workplace – L’Oréal Canada
  • Small workplace – High Liner Foods

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What has ACE done for you lately?

Picture of Cheryl Koehn and Linda WillhelmPromoting arthritis one tweet at a time

ACE helped lead social media activity in support of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s (AAC) 2015 Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. ACE’s analytics found more than 600,000 impressions (sets of eye) were reached through Twitter conversations throughout the two-day meeting.

ACE produced a social media (Twitter and Facebook) deck, full of rich knowledge translation content, for all AAC members to use through their individual and organizational Twitter and Facebook communications efforts.

Thank you for voting!

Thank you to all who made it out to vote on October 19, 2015. Arthritis consumers helped make this the highest voter turnout in 22 years. ACE also wants to thank the 1,792 Canadians who stepped up and ran as candidates. ACE is sending congratulatory letters to the 338 elected MPs, beginning the effort to raise awareness at a federal level. We also will be following up on the commitments the Liberal Party made in its response to the ACE election questionnaire and look forward to meeting with government officials.

Let BC PharmaCare hear “Your Voice” on apremilast

Stickman with megaphone calling for patient inputBC PharmaCare is looking for your input on apremilast for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis

Apremilast is an oral, small-molecule compound, taken as one tablet twice a day. The medication works by inhibiting the action of phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4), an enzyme found in immune cells. The drug is now being considered for coverage under the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s PharmaCare program. By filling out a questionnaire on a website called Your Voice, you can provide feedback about apremilast for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA).  Continue reading

Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s AGM & Research Symposium

AAC Symposium PosterThe Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s (AAC) Annual General meeting and Research Symposium will be held this Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23 at the Delta Lodge Hotel at Kananaskis, Alberta. The Symposium, entitled “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research”, will look ahead at promising approaches for future studies, and identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities.

The AAC workshops will focus on building capacity in research and healthcare sustainability. The programme will bring together scientists, engineers, healthcare providers, trainees, specialists, key stakeholders and most importantly, people living with arthritis.

On Thursday evening, guests will attend “Dr. Cy Frank and The Rocky Mountain Pioneers”, a special gala tribute dinner to honour the accomplishments and legacy of Dr. Cy Frank, who was a talented orthopaedic surgeon, skilled researcher, policy maker, and champion for patient. The winner for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award will also be announced. This prestigious award is given to a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work.

Fashion and beauty tips for those living with arthritis

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Fashion and beauty may be one of the first things you, a person living with arthritis, would sacrifice in the morning, especially if your arthritic symptoms decide to be your morning companion. Stiff joints, sore hands, and a limited range of motion all play a part in making your morning routines difficult to complete.

You may have the luxury of family, friends, or roommates who can assist you, but for those who do not, here are some tips that can help you prepare for the day ahead: Continue reading

ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results

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ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results: Where the parties stand on arthritis health issues

One of the longest federal election campaigns in Canadian history is heading for the home stretch in a tight contest between the three major parties. To help you understand where the Conservative Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Liberal Party of Canada stand on important issues for Canadians living with arthritis, ACE asked the major parties to complete a survey. The Conservative Party is the only party that did not respond.

Here is a summary of responses to ACE’s survey from the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. You can review the ACE survey results in full here.

Does your party think standardized models of arthritis care is necessary? If so, what should the key components of this model be?
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