Raising Public Awareness
Each year, we attend workshops and support groups and we have displays at hospitals, libraries and conferences across the province. Here's an example of one of our display boards that we use to educate health care professionals and the general public about the illness and the needs of adults and children with M.E.
May 12th is International M.E./CFS Awareness Day
We collaborate with the City of Toronto and the Ontario government to publicize the day. In the week around that date, MEAO mails out notices to 130 community newspapers across Ontario, holds public events, educational booths and displays in Toronto and distributes materials to local groups province-wide.
The CDC Awareness Campaign
We applaud the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States for their work on Raising Awareness of M.E./CFS. Their multi-million dollar campaign in 2006 showed that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are committed to improving awareness about M.E./CFS and continue to provide up-to-date educational resources on the illness.
The CDC recognized that M.E./CFS is a public health concern because:
One part of the CDC campaign was an excellent Television Public Service Announcement.
The CDC also included a media campaign in their awareness efforts and supplied media outlets with video clips from researchers regarding the illness and the awareness campaign.