The Consumer Advocare Network is a national network of healthcare consumer organizations and individuals in Canada.

The Consumer Advocare Network:

  1. Provides an effective voice for health care consumer organizations, allied groups, and individuals
  2. Promotes informed input to policy and funding decisions which support consumer priorities
  3. Promotes consumer participation in health care decision making at all levels

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"Optimizing Life" is the Institute’s Stanford-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The Institute provides four levels of program support for Optimizing Life:

The Institute's self-management program "Optimizing Life" provides lay-led self-management workshops for patients and caregivers to enable them to enjoy physical 
and emotional health when living with long-term health conditions. "Optimizing Life" is based on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Participants learn skills and gain the confidence and desire to take charge of their own health and to regain control of their life. The program also provides effective collaboration between patients and healthcare professionals to enhance adherence to therapy and optimize benefits.

The Institute provides four levels of program support for Optimizing Life:

  1. Lay-led self-management workshops for patients and caregivers
  2. Training and accreditation for workshop leaders and trainers
  3. Training in self-management support skills for healthcare professionals
  4. Implementation and administrative support for healthcare teams, clinics, and institutions
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Health Coaching

Health Coaching is not a program but is a system of evidence-based principles and techniques that have been built into a
structure that guides health professionals
in how to facilitate health behavior change
in their patients or clients, for better health outcomes.

The processes actively identify and address behavioral, emotional, situational and cognitive barriers to change and build patient skills in decision making, problem solving and planning and skills for promoting and supporting health behaviour change.
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Health Coaching workshops

The Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes is a leading provider of evidence-based programs in self-management and health coaching for healthcare professionals and laypersons.

If you are interested in participating in a health coaching workshop or wish to host a session for your organization, please complete the contact us section on our website.

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Health Coaching for Self-Management
Training Program

The Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes introduces the Optimizing Health Coaching Training Program!
Comprehensive, easy-to-use, 5-Step Model, evidence-based tools and techniques.

Designed, developed and supported by healthcare professionals.

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2013 Workshops:

Level 1 CORE Training (2-day)

  • 21-22 March Toronto
    Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Cosmopolitan Hotel
    8 Colborn St., Toronto
  • 6-7 April Vancouver
    Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Delta Vancouver Suites
    550 West Hastings, Vancouver

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Patient Experts in Health Technology Conference
Join other patient advocates who are taking an active role in assuring that Canadian patients have sustainable access to optimal health technologies, including drugs, diagnostics, combination therapies and health services.

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2012 Workshops:

Level 1 CORE Training (2-day)

  • Mar 21 - 22, Ottawa
    Time: 8:30am- 4:30pm
    Location: Embassy Hotel & Suites Ottawa, 25 Cartier Street Ottawa

Essential Skills Workshop

  • May 29, Winnipeg, MB