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Advisory Committee

Rx Community: Social Prescribing is guided by an Advisory Committee. The committee provides strategic oversight, high-level visioning of the initiative in the Ontario context, advice on systems transformation, and encourages dialogue and information sharing with broader networks and the general public.

Dr. Donald Cole is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in occupational medicine and community medicine. His research focuses on occupational and environmental epidemiology, complex intervention evaluation, and research capacity development, with an interest in agricultural work, food systems and human health.

“I became involved because I am interested in the creative ways that addressing social and ecological determinants of health can be more fully integrated into primary care and how to evaluate such initiatives.”

Marty Crapper is the Executive Director of Country Roads Community Health Centre. Marty believes that citizen participation in healthcare is essential to cost containment and health system improvement. Country Roads has been actively involved in Social Prescribing and Health Champions since 2014 and are pleased to be part of its spread throughout Ontario.

Karen Gough is Program Manager for Ontario Public Health Association’s Nutrition Resource Centre. She is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience. Karen has been instrumental in strengthening the capacity of health promotion professionals throughout Ontario through program redesign, policy development, stakeholder engagement and support for knowledge exchange, transfer and translation.

Jocelyne Maxwell is the Executive Director of Centre de santé communautaire du Témiskaming.

Dr. Andrew Pinto is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, founder and director of The Upstream Lab, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His research is focused on health economics, equity and the evaluation of complex population health interventions.

Mark Vander Vennen is the Executive Director of Shalem Mental Health Network. A marriage and family therapist since 1988, Mark’s work has focused on children and family services, with experiences in child welfare, mental health, youth justice, developmental, medically complex, and education systems. Shalem Mental Health Network is deeply engaged in WrapAround, an evidence-informed, community-based way of supporting people with complex needs through the integration of natural and professional supports.

“I am excited about this project because it works from a similar perspective as WrapAround, and I believe fruitful synergies are possible. I hope to support the further development of Social Prescribing in Ontario.”