CCSN 2015 Webinar Series

The CCSN webinar series is of interest to patients, survivors, family, friends, caregivers, and any member of the community interested in the best possible care and follow-up for cancer patients and survivors.  The impact of volunteering and taking positive action to effect change are important elements in the transition to post-treatment life.

Medical Marijuana in Canada

Date held: January 22, 2015
Presented by: Dr. Paul Daeninck, MD, MSc, FRCPC. 
Topics discussed: 
  • Basic facts about medical cannabis
  • The role of medical cannabis for cancer patients
  • Q&A opportunity to ask questions about medical cannabis use and availability in Canada.

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The IBM report on the pCPA

Date held: February 5, 2015
Presented by: Gerry Jeffcott & Rachael Manion, 3Sixty Public Affairs
Topics discussed: 
  • What IBM was asked to do 
  • The input IBM received on the pCPA from governments, patients and industry
  • Options considered and recommendations made
  • Update on the development of the pCPA since the report was issued, and
  • Perspectives on how all this affects patient interests

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Informing treatment decisions for women with DCIS

Date held: February 12, 2015
Presented by: Deb Davison, Genomic Health
Topics discussed: 
  • The latest in genomic testing and its role in cancer treatment
  • The most recent results from Genomic Health’s second independent clinical validation study of Oncotype DX® in DCIS patients
  • Q&A session about the implications of this research

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How patient groups can have more say in the drug approval process

Date held: February 19, 2015
Presented by: Bill Dempster & Johanne Chambers, 3Sixty Public Affairs
Topics discussed: 
  • The different steps in bringing a new medicine through the regulatory review process
  • Health technology assessment and funding
  • How patients can make a difference, and how their role is rapidly expanding

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Social Media for Non-Profits - What Works, & What Doesn't?

Date held: March 19, 2015
Presented by: Matthew Handy, CCSN
Topics discussed: 
  • Defining and quantifying your social media goals
  • Improving your posts and using all available tools
  • Some common practices that should be avoided

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How Prescription Drugs are Approved in Canada

Date held: April 2, 2015
Presented by: Bill Dempster & Gerry Jeffcott, 3Sixty Public Affairs
Topics discussed: 
  • Who is responsible for prescription drug approval in Canada?
  • How does the drug approval process impact patient access to medication?
  • How can patients be involved in the drug approval process?

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Healthcare in Canada - Who Does What?

Date held: April 16, 2015
Presented by: Ryan Clarke, Advocacy Solutions
Topics discussed: 
  • An overview of the basic roles and responsibilities of federal and provincial governments within our healthcare system
  • A review of the key players and structures operating within the system
  • The differences between engaging politicians and bureaucrats when advocating within the healthcare system. Each has important and different roles to play.

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How to Engage the Media to Support Your Advocacy Activities

Date held: May 7, 2015
Presented by: Laura Greer & Alissa Von Bargen, Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Topics discussed: 
  • How the media works, including recent examples.
  • A variety of tactics to engage the media.
  • How social media can enhance your advocacy activities.

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Drug Access Navigation - An Insider's Perspective

Date held: May 21, 2015
Presented by: Paulette Birmingham & Michele MacDonald, Drug Access Navigators
Topics discussed: 
  • The role that drug access navigators play in Canada, and why they are needed.
  • The challenges drug access navigators face on a daily basis.
  • How drug access navigators can help you.

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Engaging Your Local Political Representative

Date held: June 4, 2015
Presented by: Michael Hatch, Impact Public Affairs
Topics discussed: 
  • Grassroots advocacy
  • Engaging political representatives in your city or province
  • Getting your issues on the agenda
  • Current health policy context in Ottawa & the provinces

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Examining Models for a National Pharmacare Program

Date held: June 18, 2015
Presented by: Bill Dempster & Gerry Jeffcott, 3Sixty Public Affairs
Topics discussed: 
  • What has prompted the recent re-emergence of public calls for national pharmacare?
  • What are Canadian health ministers doing to address this issue?
  • What are some potential models for national pharmacare that are under discussion?

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Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR) - What Do I Need to Know?

Date held: August 20, 2015
Presented by: Kaivan Talachian (Pharm.D., R.Ph.), CannTrust
Topics discussed: 
  • Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)
  • Statistics on cannabis usage and results of the CCSN medical cannbis survey
  • Differences between licensed producers and dispensaries
  • Basic information on medical cannabis usage, adverse effects, potential use and contraindications
  • Cannabis varieties
  • How to legally access medical cannabis

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What Chronic Disease Advocacy Can Offer Cancer Survivors

Date held: September 10, 2015
Presented by: Gerry Jeffcott and Rachael Manion of 3Sixty Public Affairs, along with Gail Attara of the Gastrointestinal Society, Shelagh Ross of the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance and Linda Wilhelm of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance.
Topics discussed: 
  • Chronic disease advocacy, including:
  • Interacting with health systems
  • Managing a chronic disease
  • How to successfully advocate
  • Past challenges & successes

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Understanding Your Health Insurance at Work

Date held: September 24, 2015
Presented by: Suzanne Lepage, Private Health Plan Specialist
Topics discussed: 
  • Overview of the structure and operation of Canada’s private drug plan marketplace, including the important distinctions and/or overlaps between private (insurance) and public (government) providers
  • Explanation of the role and place of medication coverage within the supplemental health benefits plans of life and health insurance companies which provide pharmaceutical coverage
  • Identification of the various providers and influencers which contribute to private formulary (lists of drugs which are covered) decision-making and their roles in the system

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Developing an Advocacy Plan

Date held: October 1, 2015
Presented by: Ryan Clarke, Advocacy Solutions
Topics discussed: 
  • Better appreciate the importance of utilizing key advocacy tools to effect change.
  • Understand the practical development and implementation of some of those key tools, including advocacy packages, petitions, postcards and collective letters.
  • Understand the practical steps to hosting a “Day at the Legislature”, one of the most impactful advocacy tools an organization can utilize.

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Federal Election - What Are the Parties Saying About Healthcare & Cancer?

Date held: October 15, 2015
Presented by: Gerry Jeffcott, 3Sixty Public Affairs; Colleen Savage of the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada and Kathy Barnard of the Save Your Skin Foundation
Topics discussed: 
  • Review of responses to CCSN's federal election questionnaire
  • Insights on each party's healthcare & cancer care platforms
  • Commentary from two veteran patient group representatives on the platforms and responses.

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What is a Biosimilar? All You Need to Know About the Current Biologics & Biosimilars Landscape in Canada

Date held: November 12, 2015
Presented by:  Karen Burke, PhD., Amgen Canada
Topics discussed: 
  • Discussion on biologics, including an explanation of the high level of precision that is required to produce a consistent biological product each time.
  • Discussion on the growing interest in biosimilars, followed by what we can learn from Europe’s experience. 
  • Health Canada’s position on biosimilars, discussion on key issues surrounding biosimilars relevant to the Canadian market.
  • The importance of patient safety and patient choice.

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Challenges and Innovation in Canadian Access to Treatment and Innovation

Date held: November 19, 2015 (Live from the Expert Patient Advocates & 21st Century Therapies Forum in Toronto)
Moderated by:  Bill Dempster, 3Sixty Public Affairs
Topics discussed: 

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The Cancer Medication Geographical Roulette in Canada

Date held: November 26, 2015
Moderated by: Gerry Jeffcott, 3Sixty Public Affairs & Susan Turner, Turner & Associates Inc.
Topics discussed: 

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New Directions in Drug Approval in Canada

Date held: December 10, 2015
Moderated by: Bill Dempster, 3Sixty Public Affairs & John-Peter Bradford, Life Saving Therapies Network
Topics discussed: 

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