Submitted by LiveWell Chronic Disease Management

The fourth Provincial Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Conference, held over two days last week in Saskatoon, was a big hit with attendees. This year’s theme “Saskatchewan – Connecting, Collaborating & Sharing a Vision,” aimed to showcase the many successes happening across our great province. Supporting the many providers to work more closely together in their goal to prevent and promote living well with chronic diseases. There were many key learning moments throughout the evening and following day.

RR-2016-06-08-CDPM2Dr. Michael Vallis, a registered health psychologist, presented and provided tools to help health care providers support behavior change. Dr. Sean Groves, a physician from La Ronge, shared his wisdom and experience with working with clients with chronic conditions. These two presentations tackled the challenges of working with clients who may not be ready to change or make improvements in their health behaviors.

RR-2016-06-08-CDPM1This conference also successfully introduced an evening of quick short presentations. Seven groups of presenters provided a quick, upbeat overview of their topic, complete with a roaming microphone seeking questions and comments to share with the group. It was a great evening packed with a great deal of information and a whole lot of fun.

The conference ended with an afternoon of incredible concurrent sessions, highlighting the successes across our province, including rural based initiatives, self-management support, partnerships, interdisciplinary work, health messaging, programming and electronic report systems.

The conference syllabus is available here.