The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada marks November Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month 2016 with the release of two new video PSAs. The 30-second videos aim to raise public awareness of the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and the impacts of this rare, potentially fatal disease. The PSAs feature pulmonary hypertension patients and caregivers from British Columbia, Canada who demonstrate the significant impact PH has on their daily lives. The PSAs also explain the main symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and encourage viewers experiencing such symptoms to speak to their doctor about PH. The PSAs were produced in partnership with filmmaker Tyler Gamsby (Creek Water Media) and have been approved by the Television Bureau of Canada.
Starting November 1st, the PSAs will be aired on the following stations:
Every November, PH patients, caregivers, supporters, and health care professionals across the country and around the world take part in awareness-raising activities that put a face to PH, make the signs and symptoms of the disease known, and bring attention to how PH impacts individuals and families.
We view the month of November as a 30-day challenge that all our members and supporters can get involved in, so that together we can create a better life for all Canadians affected by PH. There are many ways in which you can participate in November Awareness Month activities and we have designed tools to help everyone reach out to their networks and show the world what periwinkle-power is all about!
The Lend a Hand campaign makes it easy for anyone to get involved in raising awareness at work, school, or among family and friends. When you order a Lend a Hand kit, you receive everything you need to inform those around you about PH, collect tokens of support, and even raise funds for PHA Canada. Our kits have been completely redesigned so if you have taken part in Lend a Hand in the past, we invite you to renew the experience with brand new materials!
Thinking of hosting a special awareness event in your community? PHA Canada staff are here to provide support, materials, and guidance. There are countless ways in which you can make an impact: host an awareness table, give a presentation at a local community centre, or organize a 6-Minute Walk event.
PH Awareness Month is the perfect time of year to raise funds to support PHA Canada's programs and activities. One way you can help us raise necessary funds is by creating a personal online fundraising page, through which you can ask your family and friends to make a donation to PHA Canada. Creating your own personal page is quick and easy. It's also a great way to raise more awareness as you reach out to all your contacts for support! Build your fundraising page today or contact Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHA Canada has a limited amount of money available to support member-driven events such as support group meetings, special community gatherings, educational forums, and awareness and fundraising activities. Our seed grants are designed to help our members organize events that will benefit the PH community. If you're planning an awareness event for November, we invite you to fill out a Seed Grant Request Form. To discuss your ideas or obtain more information, please contact Jamie Myrah at email@example.com.
Requesting a PH Awareness Month proclamation from your municipality is a good way to raise awareness of PH on a large scale. We have prepared a template letter for our advocates to adapt and send to their municipal elected officials. Contact our Communications Associate, Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional support. Don’t forget to let us know if you’ve obtained a proclamation!
We have everything you need to make a big periwinkle splash for November Awareness Month! Visit our online store to order free educational materials and purchase PH awareness paraphernalia. PHA Canada’s new PH awareness flag also is available for our members to use at events or hoist in their communities. Contact our Communications Associate, Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, at email@example.com to use one of our flags.