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Beat Retreat returns to CCHA

Exciting announcement from CCHA and Beat Retreat

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) and The Beat Retreat Congenital Heart Camp are proud to announce that they have once again joined forces to support and deliver “The Beat Retreat” camp.

This fun-filled four day event for adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) will return as a program under the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance known as the “The Beat Retreat”.

With the Beat Retreat returning as a program of CCHA, it will ensure continued financial support for the camp, allowing for stable and long term growth.  “We are...

Walk of Life 2020

 

Join Team CCHA in the 2020 Virtual Walk of Life! https://bit.ly/WOL2020TeamCCHA

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) is happy to be part of this year's VIRTUAL WALK OF LIFE!  Even though we can’t celebrate in person this year, we are provided with a unique opportunity to come together from all across Canada to raise funds to support those living with CHD. By joining Team CCHA, you will be helping to fund important programs and events such as:

  • Awareness materials
  • Camps
  • Conferences
  • Education days 
  • Support initiatives such as Transition Programs, and more!

You will also be supporting...

Stay home save lives COVID19

 

The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 with Canada and provinces putting lockdowns in place shortly thereafter. There has been a lot of chaos, confusion and misinformation over the 9+ weeks.

As provinces begin to ease restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to be aware that children and adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) may be at higher risk for more severe symptoms and
complications.


Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance has created a COVID-19 and CHD tips page.  For important informations, Q&A, resources...

Join the movement - CHD Awareness
 
Be part of a growing movement to increase #CHD Awareness. Join CCHA in the fight!
 
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CCHA: A Case to Support the Heart

Help CCHA deliver hope this season

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The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) is the only national organization that supports and advocates for the over 257,000 children and adults in Canadian living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

CHD is  the most common birth defect, affecting 1 in 100 babies born worldwide.  CHD is a general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works, and are present at birth. It requires lifelong, specialized care including many auxiliary needs and challenges such as; insurance, mental health, disability, financial planning...

Fontan camp for kids with CHD, virtual camp, heart defects

 

We are excited to annouce the 1st Pan-Canadian Virtual Fontan Heart Camp: November 26, 2022: 9 am - 3 pm (MT) with Virtual Heart Connection!

Organized in association with the Pediatric Cardiology team at the Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, AB.

The goal is to connect children who have had a Fontan operation to others similar to them through this FREE, 1-day event via fun activities such as games, arts & crafts, cookie decorating, Fontan testimonies and answering any questions you may have about your heart. You will receive an activity package to do together on the day prior to the...

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Date:       Tuesday June 22, 2020

Time:       7:30-9:00pm EDT

Where:    Virtual - videoconference and phone

 

2021 AGM Documents

2021 CCHA AGM presentation  PDF icon Download 2021 CCHA AGM Presentation_Final.pdf (1.82 MB)

2020 CCHA AGM minutes  PDF icon Download CCHA 2020 AGM Minutes - draft.pdf (101.11 KB)

2020 CCHA Financial Statements PDF icon Download Canadian Congential Heart Alliance Dec 2020 Financial Statements_signed.pdf (289.63 KB)

2021 Board candidates  PDF icon Download 2021 CCHA Board.pdf (324.69 KB)

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Assemblée Générale Annuelle

Date:       mardi 22 juin 2021

Heure:     19 h 30n...

Applications for Board of Directors positions now open

 

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) is looking for its next generation of leaders to fill critical volunteer positions on our national Board of Directors. This elected group supports the work of CCHA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance.  We believe that a highly effective Board includes members from across Canada from many walks of life and that this diversity helps to best guide the overall strategic management and stewardship of the Foundation.  The CCHA’s Nominating Committee needs your help to identify Board candidates. We are looking for committed people...

Advocacy information for parents and adults with CHD

 

For individuals and parents of a child living with a congenital heart condition, self-advocacy skills are necessary to communicate with all their health care providers, manage their day to day activities and make effective use of community resources.

What is Self-Advocacy? Self-advocacy is when a person is able to speak up in order to communicate their needs. In medical settings, self-advocacy strategies are helpful to make sure you and/or your family are understood, that your needs are being met, and that you have understood the information and advice you've been given by your healthcare...

Scrabble tiles with letters spelling Mental Health

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Congenital heart disease affects over 257,000 Canadians. Many experience mental health issues living with their CHD.

CCHA conducted a Mental Health survey* in October of 2020. We received 66 responses from across Canada.

88% of adults living with #CHD have experienced mental health challenges at some point.

75% of those living with CHD have discussed mental health concerns with a healthcare professional. Only 41% have been referred for mental health services by those same providers or another healthcare provider?

46% of those living with CHD don’t feel like...

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