Chronic Disease Innovation Fund
Nova Scotians have some of the highest rates of chronic disease and disability in the country. Over 5,000 Nova Scotians die of four types of chronic diseases every year: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. Approximately two-thirds of all deaths in Nova Scotia are attributable to these diseases. The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will support new programs, or enhancements to existing programs that help Nova Scotians live healthier lives, and reduce the effects of chronic disease by initiating practical and innovative projects that aim to improve the health outcomes of those living with, or at risk of developing chronic disease.
Community groups know what is needed to support and strengthen the health of their families, neighbours, and broader community. Given their knowledge of community needs, community groups will propose projects that align with their local Community Health Board Health Plan. Proposal will focus on activities that address risk factors that are common across chronic conditions. Proposals can focus on helping people stop smoking, reducing harms associated with heavy drinking, improving exercise levels, helping people eat more vegetables and fruit, manage stress and support emotional well-being or combatting obesity, etc.
Up to $300,000 is available through the innovation grant.
The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund enables communities groups to shape health and wellness activities and initiatives within in their own community and, in doing so, supports the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) vision of healthy people and healthy communities - for generations.