We offer best-in-class, timely, and relevant education opportunities for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
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In the fall of 2020, Lung Saskatchewan created an interim strategic plan to guide our work through the pandemic. This plan assumes that outcomes could build into a horizon of planning for the organization and fold in to an extended 3–5-year plan in the future.
‘Collaborate. Innovate. Inform.’ was born out of need for the Lung Saskatchewan to focus on it's four key pillar areas, over 12–24 months, delivering on mission during a tumultuous time, and maintaining its position as a trusted source of education, advocacy, and support for the 1 in 5 Canadians affected by lung disease.
We offer best-in-class, timely, and relevant education opportunities for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
We work to advance lung health issues at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
We invest in what is important to our stakeholders, right here in Saskatchewan.
We develop and deliver evidence-based lung health messaging for youth, educators, professionals, and the public.
The measurable impact of Lung Saskatchewan in 2021. Select a button above to see specific breakdown in that area.
Health professional delegates registered for the 2021 Inspired Breathing Conference from across Canada.
Health professionals took RESPTREC courses in 2021.
Health professionals are certified home oxygen testers in the province. These individuals are certified through Lung Saskatchewan in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Homeowners took action on radon in 2021 and tested their homes for this radioactive gas.
Lung Saskatchewan is entering the fourth year of partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) in a pledge to fund one million dollars in Saskatchewan research over five years. Lung Saskatchewan was pleased to co-fund three separate projects as part of the 2021-2022 SHRF Solutions Program.
In 2021 Lung Saskatchewan was the successful recipient of two separate SHRF Research Connections Grants. These grants contributed to the development of an online only RESPTREC spirometry course, and the development of vaping prevention resources.
New to RESPTREC in 2021 was the addition of an online spirometry course. This course aims to teach health professionals how to conduct quality spirometry and was written using the most current practice guidelines.
Also new in 2021 was the addition of an online spirometry refresher course. This course, written by Dr. Brian Graham, PhD and lead author of the 2019 ATS/ERS Spirometry Standards provides a much needed update to those trained to conduct spirometry.
Registrations for RESPTREC grew 55% between 2020 and 2021. Lung Saskatchewan continues to respond to this increasing need of health care professionals pursuing advanced training in respiratory care.
Thanks to the generous support of our industry partners and the collaborative spirit of our key opinion leaders, we were delighted to host the 2021 Fall Professional Education Webinar Series in honour of November's designation as “Lung Month”.
Thank you to the following sponsors and presenters for our 2021 series:
Lung Saskatchewan and GlaxoSmithKline have a long history of working together on activities to improve the lives of those on their lung health journey. Most recently they have joined forces and partnered on a new education webinar series – Lung Life Webinar Series, to empower those living with and caring for those with lung disease to live better. Attendees of this series can join key opinion leaders in their respective fields of expertise to learn how to enjoy a better Lung Life in the presence of lung disease.
The 2021 Inspired Breathing Conference – Virtual Edition brought lung health professionals including family physicians, respiratory specialists, allied respiratory health care professionals, respiratory educators, and researchers together online to learn together. This three day event offered content that was diverse, current, evidence-based, and of value to all delegates. With its mix of lectures, keynote speakers, and participative intensives presented by experts and key opinion leaders from across western Canada, this professional education conference was an exceptional educational experience!
Delegates from across Canada
Days of Education
Interactive Workshop Intensives
Lung Saskatchewan, in partnership with Conexus Credit Union, helps Saskatchewan residents breathe a little easier by providing financial support to those that need it through the Caring Breaths Financial Assistance Program.
In 2021, the recipients of financial support from this program received reimbursement for a variety of lung health related expenses including those incurred by radon mitigation, medical equipment, and expenses incurred during the lung transplant journey. Funds from this program were also directed to the St. Mary's Wellness Clinic in 2021. Lung Saskatchewan was able to purchase and donate much needed medical grade masks to St. Mary's Wellness Clinic.
Lung Saskatchewan provides support and education to those on a lung health journey through its many support groups and continues to grow its online support community to connect likeminded people with one another in a safe and supportive environment.
Support Group membership grew 125% from 2020 to 2021 showing increased need and the value of people sharing stories and lending their support to help others live well.
Lung Saskatchewan would like to acknowledge the support from the SaskTel Pioneers who donated $10,000 for the printing of lung health resources. These resources are used by many, including the members of our many support groups. Thank you SaskTel Pioneers!
In response to the high prevalence of nicotine product use in our province, Lung Saskatchewan launched a smoking cessation support group called Saskatchewan Quits. We also led the Saskatchewan Quits Personal Challenge with the support of Johnson & Johnson/Nicorette, the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. This holistic, motivational online support group is designed to assist anyone who would like to quit or cut back their nicotine addiction.
The campaign ran for the month of May and wrapped up on ‘World No Tobacco Day’. This month of challenges saw participants take part in wellness and education webinars featuring leading lifestyle experts, addiction workers, researchers, and Saskatchewan Quits champions.
The online campaign was successful in engaging over 120 participants from across Saskatchewan. 78% of our participants had been smoking for more than 20 years, and 94% had unsuccessfully tried to quit smoking prior to enrolling in the program.
The support did not stop with the campaign wrap up, but instead, the online support group continued to grow to over 130 participants.
“This is a great program it doesn't try to belittle you into quitting, offers support and alternative thinking. This is the first group I have been involved with that doesn't treat you as a failure just because you are having difficulty.”
— J.O., Saskatchewan Quits Participant
Thank you to our Saskatchewan Quits Personal Challenge Ambassadors for sharing their quit journeys to help others. You are truly an inspiration!
Cut back usage
Of the respondents who replied to the follow up survey, 52% were able to reach their goal of quitting. All those who set out to reduce their use, managed to do so.
Read the entire Saskatchewan Quits Smoking cessation Campaign Impact Report.
Lung Saskatchewan continues to partner with The Government of Saskatchewan in its contract with the Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living (SAIL) Home Oxygen Program. Through this contract Lung Saskatchewan is able to provide education/tester training, tester support, rural nocturnal oxygen testing, and home oxygen testing information and resources for health professionals and clients throughout Saskatchewan.
Over the last five years Lung Saskatchewan has trained 831 Certified Home Oxygen Testers and completed 1926 overnight tests, maintaining service through the pandemic.
A key pillar in the work of Lung Saskatchewan is working with municipal, provincial, and federal governments to advocate for legislation regarding lung health issues such as tobacco & vaping, radon, COVID, and air quality. In 2021 Lung Saskatchewan:
Honourable Paul Merriman (Minister of Health, Government of Saskatchewan), meets with Lung Saskatchewan ambassadors and staff.
The Provincial Lung Health Alliance (PLHA) is a collaborative working group of patients and caregivers, health professionals, researchers, and industry partners supported by Lung Saskatchewan. In 2021, the PLHA progressed its work in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by advocating for better drug coverage for nicotine replacement therapies for those trying to quit smoking, and by making significant updates to the COPD information provided on the Lung Saskatchewan website.
Trent Litzenberger (Lung Saskatchewan) addresses the PLHA at a strategy and action planning meeting.
A key component of Lung Saskatchewan's work in radon is to educate and advocate to the provincial government on the risks of radon. As a result of our advocacy work, radon mitigation is now included in the provincial government's Home Renovation Tax Credit which allows home owners to claim a 10.5 percent tax credit on up to $20,000 of eligible home renovation expenses.
Honourable Paul Merriman (Minister of Health, Government of Saskatchewan) meets with Jennifer May (Lung Saskatchewan) to proclaim November “Radon Action Month”
In 2020, Lung Saskatchewan in partnership with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and the Students Commission of Canada received support from LEAP Pecaut Centre for Social Impact in order to grow Youth4Change with a focus on First Nations communities across Saskatchewan. In 2021, we secured an additional $410,000 in multi-year funding to scale and spread Youth4Change with First Nations communities across Saskatchewan.
Youth4Change created a robust program focusing on traditional tobacco, vaping, smoking and healthy decision making. An advisory committee comprised of an Elder, partner organization representatives, youth, and educators from across Saskatchewan helps guide our work.
In Fall 2021, following introduction to communities and tribal councils, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations passed its role to tribal councils and the program partnered with File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council to help launch Youth4Change. Carry The Kettle Nakoda Oyade Education Center and their youth council leaders welcomed Lung Saskatchewan as planning began. In December 2021 we successfully launched Youth4Change with Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation.
Youth4Change aims to empower youth to reduce harms caused by commercial tobacco and vaping. Lung Saskatchewan believes in youth and adult allies coming together to enhance their knowledge of commercial tobacco use and vaping to advocate for long-term change and to promote healthy behaviours and safe, healthy communities.
Youth4Change promotes education and awareness across multiple platforms. In 2021, we:
Cory Gambler (File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council) meets with Lung Saskatchewan Health Promotions team.
Youth4Change youth and health allies from across Canada came together to call on the Government of Canada to regulate all vape flavours (including mint/menthol) to protect kids in Canada. Youth4Change launched a social media campaign across multiple platforms. This included a national Facebook Ad campaign to target adults including parents, healthcare workers, and teachers. The letter-writing campaign garnered almost 500 signatures to various government personnel advocating for a ban on vape flavours.
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. All homes have some level of radon. The question is, how much radon is in your home? You can't see, taste, or smell radon. The only way to know how much radon is in your home is to test for it.
Lung Saskatchewan works in collaboration with The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) to provide homeowners across Canada with easy-to-use radon test kits, results, and support. To learn more or order your home radon test kit, please go to www.HomeRadonTest.ca
Radon education and advocacy is an important part of Lung Saskatchewan's work. In 2021, two radon campaigns occurred - My Radon Story and Tackle Radon.
In January of 2021, people from across Canada shared how they have been impacted by radon as a part of the My Radon Story campaign. While each journey is different, they have the same message: test your home for radon to protect you and your family. Additionally Lung Saskatchewan hosted a webinar featuring Kerri Tucker, lung cancer survivor, and Kelley Bush from Health Canada.
We hope these stories will inspire you to test for radon. To read all of the ‘My Radon Stories’ or ot order your test kit, visit our HomeRadonTest.ca website.
The Fall 2021 campaign saw expansion into Alberta and the addition of two new football players. This quadruple threat brought increased strength and raised awareness for families to test their homes for radon. Thank you to our Tackle Radon Ambassadors!
Calvin McCarty, Trevor Harris, Andrew Greene, Adam Bighill
Thank you to our 2021 Tackle Radon Sponsors.
Lung Saskatchewan was pleased to have Dr. Brian Graham, and Jill Hubick, recognized for national awards in 2021. Both Brian and Jill have worked tirelessly to advance the Lung Saskatchewan mission to improve lung health one breath a time.
The Lifetime Achievement award is for distinguished and devoted service of 15 or more years to The Lung Association and whose personal activities and/or leadership and devotion to the mission of the organization are considered exemplary.
During Dr. Graham's 4-decade career with The Lung Association of Saskatchewan, he led the charge in several brand changes. Dr. Graham was responsible for programs that provided opportunities for many physician specialists in respiratory care to train and stay in Saskatchewan to provide service and led numerous lung health related advocacy efforts with government on many levels.
The Alan J. McFarlane staff award honors a Lung Association employee for contributing unique and outstanding service to the Association as recognized by their peers.
Jill Hubick uses her creativity by working with patients and community members to share their breathe stories to the public. These breathe stories are a medium for public education, awareness and are also a way to invoke positive change. Jill inspires volunteers, co-workers and partners with her passion of health, wellness and lung health!
Lung Saskatchewan is very thankful for each and every one of our incredible donors. We are sincerely grateful that you believe in our mission, and together, we are making a difference for the people in our community. Your gift plays a key role in helping people who live with a lung health issue, a chance to breath a little easier.
From everyone at Lung Saskatchewan, thank you for being a part of our lung family. Your support and generosity helps all Saskatchewan residents to improve lung health, one breath at a time. We couldn't do it without you! We will always be stronger together.
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Thank you to all donors who make our mission possible. Because of the gracious support of individuals and corporate partners, we continue to work towards our vision of healthy lungs for everyone.