Christine Janus BA. B.Ed, MBA, FICB is a strong patient advocate and is also the visionary that pushed for the creation of the international Aliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO) and conceived of and articulated the plan for the Global Research on the Impact of Dermatological Diseases (GRIDD). It has long been her view that people living with dermatological conditions around the world deserve much better access to care and treatment, and that by working together with like-minded organizations, this goal is achievable.
In 2015, after hosting IDPOC 2015 in Vancouver Canada, Christine, the past CEO and Executive Director of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, was hired by IADPO’s Interim Planning Board to build the IADPO organization. She is now the organization’s CEO. During the previous eight years, Christine built the CSPA into a vibrant and effective voice for skin patients; it also offers education and support to those organizations serving people living with skin conditions, diseases and traumas.
In this environment, Christine has lead the development of five national award-winning initiatives: two research-based National Report Cards on access to Dermatological Care and Treatment in Canada, Canadian Skin magazine, a National Psoriasis awareness campaign and a unique patient-focussed website. See the CSPA report card for a thorough analysis of access issues faced by dermatology patients in Canada called “Skin Deep : A Report Card on Access to Dermatological Care and Treatment in Canada”.
In 2013, Christine helped the CSPA launch a subsidiary organization specifically to serve psoriasis patients, called the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients (CAPP) and followed up by releasing the Psoriasis Report (http://www.canadianpsoriasis.ca/images/CAPP_Report_Card_FinalV5.pdf) to shine a light on the access issues for the millions of Canadians living with psoriasis.
Prior to nurturing the CSPA, Christine provided organizational start-up, specialized marketing, business development and management consulting services and training development to the health care, banking, venture capital, real estate, sporting management, HR services and University sectors. She has taught Marketing at the University level and has been often engaged in marketing research design, training development and educational programs design.
Christine has worked collaboratively with multiple Canadian advocacy organizations including the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Cancer Action Network and the Best Medicines Coalition, where she served as a Board member. No stranger to active patient advocacy, she is well-respected across Canada by public servants tasked with access issues for patients, and has seen changes in policy and patient advocacy potentially attributable to her efforts. She is an invited speaker on patient engagement both in Canada and internationally. Christine was named to the first Patient Commando list of Women Changing Healthcare in 2013.
Christine lives in Ottawa, Canada and is the fiercely proud mother of three fine young men.