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Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, June 12 | 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Embracing Change, Growing the Model
Community Health Centres face many challenges when it comes to supporting and sustaining the multi-sector CHC model of health and social services. This workshop will address these political, health system, and funding challenges and explore different strategies for establishing, sustaining and growing CHCs as community-centred and community-governed organizations. Themes covered will include building a culture of advocacy and political engagement at CHCs; strategies and techniques for diversifying revenue; developing work-arounds for government policy/funding gaps in primary care; and other key themes.
Community Health Allies for Indigenous Health in Indigenous Hands
Description coming soon

Integrated Care Delivery: Best Practice Health System Scorecards
Under the proposed Ontario Health Team environment, organizations will be responsible for the integration of services and will be held accountable for the delivery of performance-based health and financial outcomes within a bundled care model. Learn how healthcare organizations and regions can operationalize collaborative accountability networks through the development of a Local Integrated Care Delivery System Scorecard (ICDS). Participants will discuss how community-governed primary health care organizations could play a facilitative role in establishing a best practice approach to the ICDS development in their area. The session will also focus on boards’ role in building a performance-based culture and working effectively with CEOs and Executive Directors who are increasingly faced with having to do more with less.

Social Prescribing Boot Camp
Social prescribing is taking the mainstream media and public by storm! Hear from Ontario’s early adopters about how they’ve adapted U.K.-style social prescribing to their local contexts, evaluated the impacts, and added value by better integrating the social and clinical parts of their practice.

Tour of local CHCs

Wednesday, June 12 | 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Federal Election 2019 in Focus
The federal election presents Community Health Centres across Canada with an opportunity to increase buy-in from all political parties on key public policies and investments to improve health and wellbeing for Canadians. This workshop will engage participants around CACHC’s federal election platform and provide important information and tools focused on our five shared areas of focus during the election: investment in CHCs; implementing National Pharmacare; expanding public dental care; improving newcomer health; and, increasing affordable housing and improving support for those experiencing homelessness. We urge Community Health Centres to have a participant attend this workshop as a focal point to bring back information and tools to your organization.
Closets are for Clothes: Resisting Re-Closeting with Leadership on Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity
Today’s increasing populism casts everyone as “the people”, which seeks to erase uniqueness and emphasize homogenous and traditional values. The rise (or re-emergence) of populism silences diversity as “inconvenient”. In today’s world many people believe they have the right to be unique and diverse – is this really true? Long fought for legislation can be over-turned and reversed. Can we lose what we perceive as rights and see years of progress dismantled? This panel explores the metaphor of re-closeting, specifically for people who are sexually diverse and to whom gender identity is important – though the discussion can apply to any diverse or "minority" community. Join us to learn and share how we can support sexual diversity and gender identity in rural and urban community health settings across a range of age groups and across Canada. Let’s rip the closet doors off the hinges together – closets are for clothes … not people!
Collaboration for System Leadership at a Governance Level
The changing health system landscape demands that community health organizations build stronger collaborations with a wide range of partners and Boards have important roles to play. Working more collaboratively at the systems level helps organizations address determinants of health, improve health outcomes for their clients, and amplify their voices through collective action. This session will spotlight examples of collaborative practices led by Alliance members and Community Health Centres across Canada. It will look into the benefits and risks, and examine the Boards' roles and responsibilities in overseeing these processes. It will also offer lessons learned on what effective collaboration for system leadership looks like and how it can advance the organization’s mission and address the needs of clients and communities.

Writing the Book on Community Health in Canada
Be first in line to hear from authors across the country who have contributed chapters to Canada’s first textbook on community health and comprehensive primary health care. Pre-order your books here, too!

Tour of local CHCs

Thursday, June 13 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Community Health in Rural Communities
Rural communities in Canada face common challenges related to socio-economic development, sustainability, and access to health and social services. This workshop will describe these challenges and why Community Health Centres are a vital solution for rural communities. Experiences and lessons will be shared from several rural Community Health Centres. Areas of interaction in the workshop will include: developing a Canada-wide rural CHCs strategy and network; sharing resources and tools for rural CHCs; and, engaging municipal, provincial and federal governments to support new CHCs for rural communities.
Advancing an Agenda for Health Equity in Black Communities 
This session will invite participants from across Canada, including North End CHC (Halifax), TAIBU CHC (Scarborough) and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC (Toronto), together with leaders and health professionals from the sector and community, to co-create the start of a national health equity agenda. It will highlight the contributions that community health centres are already making to address anti-Black racism and disproportionately poor outcomes in health and health care, and place particular focus on policy, collaboration, and driving targeted approaches to health equity in the lives of Black women, youth, Francophone, and queer communities, to build a meaningful agenda.

Governing and Leading in a Continuously Changing Environment
The environments in which community health organizations operate are characterized by uncertainty and complexity. To fulfill their fiduciary and strategic responsibilities, community health boards and EDs/CEOs are engaging in conversations about the impact of changing environments on their organizations and beyond. One key conversation is about adaptive leadership and systems-informed approaches. This requires boards to develop emergent strategies informed by immediate feedback, and to perceive early on trends that could impact the mission and strategic priorities of the organization. In this interactive session, we explore current thinking about the complex issues that boards are facing. We will also explore what boards and EDs/CEOs are doing to foster a culture of ongoing adaptation in order to thrive in a continuously evolving environment.

Digital Health Futures: Advancing person-centred, tech-powered innovation in community health
Can health care technology help bring person-centred health care closer to home? Join SE Health’s Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Executive, Nancy Lefebre for a dynamic conversation about the technology-fueled innovations – from personalized electronic medical records to biomonitoring to mood-lifting chatbots – that could, with an equity lens, support a revolution in community health care.
Film Screening | Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis
Join presenting sponsors TELUS Health to see the human story behind the opioid epidemic affecting Canada. The documentary seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of addiction by educating and informing viewers on what fentanyl is and how it is affecting our country.

Thursday, June 13 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Engaging and Supporting CHC Clinicians as Advocates
Clinicians from diverse professions at Community Health Centres are very committed to the values of inclusion, equity, and upstream action that are at the core of the CHC model. Engaging clinicians more formally in advocacy on behalf of Community Health Centres has the potential to increase traction with the public and policymakers around the CHC model and important public policies. This workshop will examine some of the challenges and opportunities related to fostering and sustaining advocacy by CHC-based clinicians and will share some examples of successful strategies and tools.
Francophone and Acadian Health Leaders: Moving Forward in Changing and Challenging Times
Join us to help build a national agenda for Francophone and Acadian Community Health and Wellbeing. Access to interprofessional Primary Health Care teams for Francophone and Acadian communities is vital, yet it can take decades of advocacy. Is access under threat in the changing and uncertain health care environments across Canada? What kind of planning, engagement and advocacy are needed for the broadest possible impacts on population health outcomes for Francophone and Acadian communities? A panel of speakers from Community Health Centres across Canada (Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia) will share how they are making progress in the health system, including demonstrating the value of interprofessional primary health care and successfully mobilizing communities and co-designing integrated health and wellbeing services for Francophones and Acadians.

Governance Leadership for Health Equity
This session is focused on practical resources and case examples of high-performing governance practices to advance health equity. We will begin with a grounding in the concepts of equity, diversity, allyship and inclusion; then we'll consider the latest thinking and frameworks for action at organizational and system levels. Next, we'll explore board roles and commitments through the Health Equity Charter, endorsed by all Alliance member boards, as well as commitments to the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action on health.

Mental Health: Innovative Approaches to Incorporating Mental Health and Addictions into Primary Care
The first point of contact with the medical system for clients with mental health and addictions needs is usually primary care. Community-governed primary care organizations often serve populations who require a range of mental health and addictions services and supports, including supports around social determinants of health, such as housing. This learning session will feature leaders from three or four community-governed primary care organizations, who will explain how they have implemented innovative programs to meet the needs of these populations.

Film Screening | Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story
This short film tells the story of Greg Price’s tragic journey through a fragmented healthcare system in Alberta. The message of the film is intended to inspire positive change and improvement in the healthcare system.