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News Articles and Awards (below)

Loneliness & Connection as Determinants of Health

Rx: Community

Other Social Prescribing Stories



Reports and Communications (bottom)

Presentations and posters

Progress reports

Other communications



News Articles: Loneliness & Connection as Determinants of Health
 Researchers are working on a pill for loneliness, as studies suggest the condition is worse than obesity (National Post - August 12, 2019) (Originally appeared in print edition as "All the Lonely People" on August 10, 2019)
News Articles: Rx: Community
CBC Metro Morning A doctor's prescription for social activities can have great personal and public health benefits (CBC Metro Morning - November 19, 2019)
Guelph doctors, health providers treat loneliness by prescribing yoga and crochet lessons (CBC News - August 14, 2019)
Letter to the Editor Re: All the Lonely People [Scan.pdf | Screen-Readable Text.pdf]  (National Post, Print Edition - August 13, 2019)
Social prescribing proving to be a success in Guelph (Guelph Today - July 26, 2019)
Social prescriptions: Sense of belonging could be best medicine (Global News, June 19, 2019)
Doctors pen 'social prescriptions' aimed at easing depression, loneliness in patients (CTV News - January 1, 2019)
Social Prescribing is gaining attention in Ontario (Geographies of Health in Place, University of Waterloo - January, 2019)
Ontario health-care providers explore social prescriptions to help patients heal without drugs (The Globe and Mail - December 17, 2018)
Doctor's orders: 'Social prescriptions' have been shown to improve health (CBC News Toronto - December 9, 2018)
Editorial: Forget the pills, play bingo (Hamilton Spectator - December 9, 2018)
Doctors can now prescribe a visit to the ROM through a new initiative to combat anxiety and loneliness (The Star - December 6, 2018)
Primary care providers exploring value of “social prescriptions” for patients (CMAJ News - November 22, 2018)
How Social Prescribing is Changing Healthcare in Ontario (Establish - Elgin St. Thomas - November 1, 2018)
Social Prescribing Radio Segment (Ottawa Morning, CBC Radio - September 26, 2018)
Why doctors are prescribing bingo, not pills, to keep patients healthy (CBC News Ottawa - September 30, 2018)
News Articles: Other Social Prescribing News


 2019 International Social Prescribing Award


Presentations and Posters
Rx Community: Social Prescribing in Ontario Community Health Centres, NAPCRG Annual Meeting - November 2019
Social Prescribing for Climate Resilience: Connecting People to Nature and Community, OPHA Fall Forum - November 2019
COMING SOON: Equity vs. Austerity - 4th Annual Health Policy, Programming and Practice Event, Ryerson University - September 25, 2019
Rx Community: Social Prescribing in Canada Building a Movement Based on a Model of Health and Well-being, International Social Prescribing Conference - July 11 & 12, 2019
Social Prescribing Boot Camp at Community Health Connections Conference - June 11, 2019
IHPME Health Policy Rounds - March 26, 2019 
Progress Reports
 Mid-Term Progress Report, Spring 2019 - English | French
Other Communications
Social Prescribing at the Centre (Belleville-Quinte West CHC)

New Social Prescribing Pilot Comes to Ontario
Social prescribing: Your doctor’s office is a new gateway to community wellbeing (Alliance for Healthier Communities Media Release - December 6, 2018)
Prescription: Community (Alliance for Healthier Communities Social Prescribing Project Backgrounder - 2018))
Spotlight on Reducing Social Isolation (Alliance for Healthier Communities Fact Sheet - 2018)