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. 
 

Acknowledgements

PiH gratefully acknowledges the efforts and support of its contributing individual and organizational partners. The PiH initiative would not be possible without their generosity.

Prevention in Hand Advisory Group

The PiH (Phase I) development was guided by an expert advisory group, which met over the course of two years. The group’s members included Dr M. Godwin, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Dr A. Wielgosz, Public Health Agency of Canada and University of Ottawa, as co-chairs; Dr L. Cloutier, University of Sherbrooke; Dr D. Gasevic, Simon Fraser University; Dr E. Keely, University of Ottawa; Dr R. Lewanczuk, University of Alberta; Dr C. Liddy, University of Ottawa; Dr A. Pipe, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Dr R. Ross, Queen’s University; Dr P. Selby, University of Toronto; Dr M. Vallis, Dalhousie University; and Dr B. Wilson, University of Ottawa.

The PiH (Phase II) development was guided by the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC’s) PiH Development and Steering Committee and Patient Education Committee.

PiH Development and Steering Committee members included Dr P. Pluye (Chair), CFPC Patient Education Committee and McGill University; Dr A. Wielgosz, Public Health Agency of Canada; Dr M. Godwin, Memorial University; Wai-Hin Chan, Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute; Dr J. Dickinson, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care ; Dr P. Emberley, Canadian Pharmacists Association; Ms G. Halas, CFPC Patient Education Committee and University of Manitoba; Dr J. Harvey, Physician Advisor, Professional Development and Practice Support, CFPC, and PiH project lead; Ms S. Hu, Prevention in Hand Project Coordinator; Ms C. Kushner, Canadian Patient Safety Institute; Ms J. Macdonald, Dietitians of Canada; Ms J. Rogers, Centre for Effective Practice; Ms A. Sutherland Boal, Canadian Nurses Association ;and Ms K. Walker, C-CHANGE Initiative; Ms R. Vidulin, Patient’s Medical Home Program Coordinator, CFPC .

Patient Education Committee members included Dr C. MacLean (Chair), Memorial University of Newfoundland; Dr J. Chen, Ottawa Hospital; Dr R. Goswami, Peninsula Medical Group; Ms G. Halas, University of Manitoba; Dr Adrian Heller, University of Calgary (CFPC Section of Residents representative; Dr D. Jorgenson, University of Saskatchewan (patient representative); Dr S. Naik, Forest Hill Family Health Centre (CFPC First Five Years in Family Practice Committee representative); Dr P. Pluye, McGill University; and Dr S. Tsikata, University of Alberta .

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) Group

The testing of this website has been a collaborative effort carried out by the following organizations, committees, groups, and individuals: Dr J. Meuser, Executive Director, Professional Development and Practice Support, CFPC; Dr A. Wielgosz, Public Health Agency of Canada; Dr P. Pluye, McGill University; Ms J. Bellerive, Hypertension Canada; Ms J. Black,  Manager, CPD Accreditation; Ms P. Clark, Active Living Coalition for Older Adult; Mr P. Coleridge, Canadian Mental Health Association; Ms K. Curren, Canadian Lung Association; Ms J. Diguer, Public Health Agency of Canada (retired); Dr V. Dumez, University of Montreal; Mr M. Ferdinand, Canadian Mental Health Association; Ms A. Ferguson, Canadian Cardiovascular Society; Mr L. GERMAIN, Patient Partnership Group, University of Montréa; Ms G. Halas, University of Manitoba; Dr A. Heller, CFPC Section of Residents; Ms C. Houle, Patient Partnership Group, University of Montréal l; Dr D. Jorgenson, University of Saskatchewan; Ms M. Lujan, CFPC; Ms J. Macdonald, Dietitians of Canada; Dr S. Naik, Forest Hill Family Health Centre; Ms L. Oeur,  Manager, Mainpro, CFPC;Ms A. Outschoorn, Director, Continuing Professional Development, CFPC; Mr J. Poulin, Patient Partnership Group, University of Montréal; Ms X. Ramos Salas, Canadian Obesity Network; Mrs G. Rouly, Patient Partnership Group, University of Montréal; Mr P. Vallieres,Patient Partnership Group, University of Montréal ;Ms P. Vanderkooy, Dietitians of Canada;Ms R. Vidulin, Patient’s Medical Home Program Coordinator, CFPC; Ms S. Yungblut, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology; and Dr A. Zbib, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Funding for this initiative is provided in part by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
 

FAFM Scotiabank Financial Support

We would like to thank the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) and Scotiabank for their generous support of the Prevention in Hand (PiH) Project.
This contribution will enable (PiH) to continue with its goals – to provide Canadians with easy access to current and accurate information about the prevention of chronic diseases.