About PiH

About Prevention in Hand

The Prevention in Hand (PiH) initiative launched in 2014 as a result of a partnership between the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). PiH’s user-friendly website and mobile application provide valuable health care resources to help health professionals and the public quickly and easily access current and accurate information about the prevention of chronic diseases. 

Statements of support provided for the Prevention in Hand launch in July 2014

“Chronic diseases are the most significant cause of death and disability worldwide. In Canada, three in five people over the age of 20 have at least one chronic disease, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. The Prevention in Hand initiative will provide health professionals and Canadians with reliable, easily accessible health information. … It is an innovative way to give Canadians the information they need to lead more active and healthy lives.”—The Honourable Rona Ambrose, PC, MP, Minister of Health.

“Technology has transformed the manner by which health providers and the public seek and access health information. We believe that Prevention in Hand will be a quality online resource to provide timely, accurate information to help prevent chronic diseases or flag symptoms early so patients may then follow up with their family doctors. We commend the Public Health Agency of Canada for their commitment to develop PiH, and we have welcomed the opportunity to partner with them on the program development.”—Dr Kathy Lawrence, CFPC Past President.

About the CFPC 

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.