Pan-Canadian Approach to IA Model of Care

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada, together with the provinces and key stakeholders in the health system have developed a model of care for inflammatory arthritis to improve care for patients.

Joint Action on Arthritis

On September 18, 2012 the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) released Joint Action on Arthritis: A Framework to Improve Arthritis Prevention and Care in Canada. The Framework establishes research priorities and strategies, identifies principles to guide the design and delivery of care, suggests prevention strategies, and proposes a mechanism for the arthritis community to engage with governments and the broader healthcare.

The Impact of Arthritis in Canada

The Impact of Arthritis in Canada: Today and Over the Next 30 Years, not only demonstrates the enormity of the growing burden of arthritis over a 30 year period, but also provides examples of how this burden can be mitigated by health awareness, education, and intervention in the future.

MOC Evaluation Tool

This Master Worksheet was developed by experts who have experience with models of care (MoC). It is intended to help model developers assess the completeness of MoCs, suggest improvements and view their readiness for expansion. It can be used for the planning, development or formative evaluation of proposed MoCs.

Arthritis Landscape Review

Canada's leading arthritis research organizations-Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA), The Arthritis Society (TAS), Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) and the partner organizations making up the Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program (ACAP)-have come together in a fact finding exercise aimed at understanding the arthritis funding landscape, related to research.

Arthritis Standards

Held in November 2005, the summit offered a unique and unprecedented platform for collective knowledge and experience to be translated into standards for arthritis prevention and care.

Arthritis Alliance of Canada mourns the loss of Dr. Cy Frank

Members of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Cy Frank. We extend our deepest sympathies to Cy’s family, friends and colleagues, as they struggle through this period of shock and sorrow.

Cy was a very kind, incredibly passionate man, a dear friend and a mentor to all of us. He was a strategic genius and innovator, with an unsurpassed commitment to improving health care, for the benefit of patients. Cy’s relentless enthusiasm, tireless efforts and remarkable contributions to the Alliance and the arthritis community are responsible for the robust network that exists today.

Dr. Frank received numerous awards throughout his career, including an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014. Beyond his remarkable professional accomplishments, we were touched deeply by Cy’s warmth, generosity and compassion to everyone around him. Everyone has a personal story to tell of some act of kindness where Cy went out of his way to help and followed through with whatever he promised to deliver. He will be dearly missed. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many colleagues.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cy can be made to support the Cy Frank Graduate Award in Bone and Joint Health. Please send cheques (payable to the University of Calgary with a memo indicating Dr. Cy Frank Memorial Award) to the Cumming School of Medicine Fund Development Office, 3330 Hospital Dr. N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 4N1 or make your donation online ( ).

Dr. Frank’s obituary is expected to be available in the Globe this weekend.

If you would like to attend the memorial service in honor of Dr. Frank, it will be held on Saturday March 21st, 2015 at 100 pm MT, at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium on main campus at the University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta