Champlain Atlas of CV Health

The Atlas of Cardiovascular Health in the Champlain Region 2011 is a comprehensive regional report on the state of cardiovascular health and risk factors across the region. Unique to this 2011 version is the inclusion of regional data acquired from the Champlain Community Heart Health Survey, which was completed in 2009 by the CCPN in partnership with the international PURE study (McMaster University). The Atlas is an important tool for informing a broad audience of stakeholders, including policy makers, health care providers, health planners, and researchers, among others.

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Champlain Community Heart Health Survey

The Champlain Community Heart Health Survey (CCHHS) was completed in 2009 and assessed cardiovascular risk factors among 1,443 Champlain residents aged 35 to 70 years. The survey included, for the first time, an assessment of physical health status of individuals and communities in the Champlain region. The survey involved measures to assess risk factors such as blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, and sodium intake. The CCHHS was funded by the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiologic (PURE) International Study and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The PURE Study is a long-term study that will follow approximately 14,000 people from 17 countries and over 600 communities, for a period of at least 12 years. For more information about the follow up component, please contact Andrea Lefebvre, Research Coordinator, at

Champlain Get with the Guidelines

The Champlain Get with the Guidelines (GWG) initiative is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative designed to ensure all patients admitted to hospitals with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and Heart Failure (HF) in the region are treated with best known practice guidelines as the standard of care. The Champlain GWG program has created a network of hospitals in the Champlain region which:

  • Ensure all providers are trained in the evidence-based secondary prevention treatments;
  • Ensure all patients admitted to hospital receive life-saving evidence-based secondary prevention treatments (lifestyle and medications);
  • Empower patients to be more involved with their evidence-based care;
  • Continuously measure outcomes and improve the quality of care in our region; and,
  • Improve patient outcomes.

Regional rollout is being directed by a team at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI).

Champlain Primary Care CVD Guideline

The Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network, in collaboration with its health and community partners, and more than 45 local specialists and family physicians has developed this resource to facilitate evidence-based, primary and secondary preventive care.

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PART I: Screening for CVD Risk Factors

PART II: Risk Factor Management

Each section includes a summary and/or decision tree of current, practical, and evidence-based strategies, supplemental information (where appropriate), and links to relevant, local resources to assist patients in accessing supports within their own community for health education and secondary prevention.

PART III: Disease Management

Une version de ce document en 2008 est disponible [PDF] Aperçu des modifications apportées aux lignes directrices pour 2012 [PDF]

“Give Your Head a Shake” Sodium Reduction Campaign

The “Give Your Head a Shake” health communication campaign is designed to provide Champlain area residents with simple, practical tips to help them reduce the high amount of sodium they consume every day. Although the campaign will call attention to the reasons why residents need to reduce sodium, the main focus will be on how residents can easily reduce their sodium. A series of different eating tips will be delivered across a variety of media including TV, Radio, Print and Web. The tips are meant to act as guides to reducing sodium when buying food at the grocery store, making home cooked meals, and eating out.

Healthy School-Aged Children Initiative

Background and Foundational Activities

The Champlain Healthy School-aged Children Initiative was one of the CCPN’s six priority initiatives in 2007-12 and focused specifically on the physical activity and eating behaviours of school-aged children across the Champlain region. The following activities were completed in 2007 to lay the foundation for our initial work together:

A phone-based survey (n = 1,940) was conducted in June 2007 among parents and caregivers of children aged 4 to 12 across the Champlain region to better understand parental attitudes, knowledge, and perceptions surrounding childhood obesity and the physical activity and eating behaviours of children and youth. Findings of the study informed the development of the Know More Do More campaign. For more information, please refer to the resources below.

A scan of existing policies related to physical activity and healthy eating across the nine Champlain region school boards was completed in September 2007. Click here for a summary of findings.

A comprehensive literature review of community-based obesity interventions was completed in the summer of 2007 to learn more about leading practices in tackling overweight/ obesity across entire communities. Click here to view a copy of the report.

In October 2007, the CCPN in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, co-hosted the Champlain Summit. Over 85 delegates representing the nine Champlain school boards, four public health units, recreation, health care, and community settings attended the full-day event in Ottawa to begin the dialogue on how to collectively tackle physical activity and healthy eating behaviours of children and youth. For more information, please refer the resources below.


Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) is a systematic, evidence-based approach to treating tobacco use in clinical settings. Supporting smoking cessation in clinical settings was a key component of the CCPN’s 2007-12 Strategy, facilitating the rollout of the OMSC in Champlain hospitals, outpatient clinics, and primary care teams. The OMSC has five main components:

  • Identification
  • Documentation
  • Strategic Advice
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Follow-up

The OMSC in Hospitals and Primary Care

The OMSC was introduced in all 19 hospitals in the Champlain region and 18 Family Health Teams/ Groups. Since 2007, more than 30,000 Champlain residents who smoke have received support with quitting.

Visit the Ottawa Model Web site