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Eminent Panel Identifies Five Finalists for the People-Centred Health Challenge

(OTTAWA – May 1, 2007) Five finalists will be in Ottawa on May 11th to make their final presentations to judges in the hopes of being awarded one of four cash awards for their ideas on how to reshape the Canadian health care system. The finalists are all participants in the People-Centred Health Challenge – a contest sponsored by the Canadian Association for People-Centred Health (CAPCH) to generate new ideas to make the health care system more responsive to the needs of Canadians.

“We are very excited by the creative people-centred reforms that this contest generated from across the country,” announced Dr. Vaughan Glover, founder and president of CAPCH. “Canadians agree with the concept of people-centred health. These submissions give us some great ideas about how to make it a reality.”

The contest, launched in October 2006, offers cash awards totaling $22,500 to contributors who are deemed to have presented the most innovative, but practical ideas via their maximum of

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3,500-word proposals. Final contributions were due on January 3rd. The award for first place is $10,000, $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third. An additional $5,000 will be provided to an individual, enrolled full time in an accredited educational institution, who is determined to have contributed the best student submission.

Forty-five proposals were received from across Canada. From that number, an eminent panel of judges has selected five finalists. The finalists will each have a 40-minute presentation and Q&A session with the judges on May 11th after which the winners will be chosen. Media are invited to attend the presentation of the awards after the presentations are completed.

“The finalists are from Vancouver, Fort McMurray, Regina, Ottawa and Grand Bay, New Brunswick, proving that great ideas can be found right across the country,” stated the judge’s panel chair, retired Major-General Lise Mathieu, the former head of health services for the Canadian military.

The Canadian Association for People Centred Health (www.capch.ca) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, national grassroots organization committed to researching, designing and implementing ways to make the Canadian health system more responsive to the needs of Canadians. One goal is to be a voice for the people and to give the people a voice on a health system that was introduced more than forty years ago and which many believe no longer can fulfill the needs of those it was created to serve. The People-Centred Health Challenge is just one of the many initiatives the association plans to sponsor.

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