The Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition is passionate about child and youth health. Thus, our work also has an advocacy dimension, providing support and valuable feedback on numerous policy issues that we believe stand to benefit from the Coalition’s expertise and influence. Our advocacy work includes:
“Reaching for the Top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth” (the Leitch Report).
In June 2007, in response to an invitation from Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, former Federal Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth, CCYHC surveyed its members and submitted a comprehensive report as part of a Federal government consultation to identify the pressing health issues facing children and youth, gaps in programming and services, and solutions which might serve to address these gaps. The recommendations provided by the Coalition were the result of broad national stakeholder consultation and represent viable and impact-oriented solutions to advance the health of Canada’s children and youth.
On April 1, 2008, CCYHC issued a press release welcoming Reaching for the Top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth and strongly supporting the recommendations outlined to improve the health and wellness of Canada’s children and youth.
On June 16, 2008, the Coalition also sent letters to The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and Mr. Morris Rosenberg, Deputy Minister of Health, applauding the initiative of the federal government in taking an important leadership role in defining the pressing health issues facing Canada’s young population. Dr. Bob Armstrong and Ms Marilyn Booth were subsequently invited to discusss the report with both Deputy Minister Rosenberg and Senior Policy Advisor Leah Canning (in the office of The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq - Minister of Health) in separate meetings on November 19th, 2008 to discuss the recommendations contained in the Leitch report. .
“Racing for Kids’ Health – Establishing Priorities in Canadian Child & Youth Health Research”
In early 2007, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR – IHDCYH) and the SickKids Foundation, the Coalition developed a brochure designed to highlight current priority areas in Canadian child and youth health research. The document provides salient facts related to child and youth health in Canada, lists key gaps in our knowledge that future research should attempt to fill, and suggests how the new knowledge can be applied to improve the health and health care of Canada’s children and youth.
Canada’s Child & Youth Health Charter
As one of many important stakeholders, the Coalition has been working in consultation with the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and The College of Family Physicians of Canada to finalize a Child and Youth Health Charter and to move forward a child-health declaration that defines child and youth health as a national priority.