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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration opens
7:30 Exhibits / Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00

Plenary One | Putting the Declaration of Astana into Action

In October 2018 all United Nations member states, including Canada, adopted the new Declaration of Astana on Primary Health Care. The Declaration succeeds the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration as the global community’s key treatise on primary health care, emphasizing the need for multi-sector action, community participation, and addressing economic, social and environmental determinants of health. This session will address some of the global implications of the new Declaration, including its relevance for industrialized countries like Canada, and the need to embed health equity and social justice in planning and implementation of primary health care strategies.

10:00 - 10:45 Networking and Exhibitor Break
10:45 - 11:45 Morning Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:30

Plenary Two | Community Health: Bridging Government Silos

Community Health Centres (CHCs) provide services and programs in a wide range of sectors including primary care and health promotion, food security, housing and shelter, education, immigration, and others. This aligns with global directions for primary health care as reflected in the Declaration of Astana on Primary Health Care, ratified in late 2018 by the Government of Canada. However, the government mandate for policy and funding related to these various determinants of health in Canada is fragmented across federal, provincial and municipal governments. Using the City of Ottawa as a geographic case study, this session will explore: the challenges of this fragmented policy/funding environment; how Ottawa’s CHCs are overcoming this fragmentation at ground level through their multi-sector approach to health and wellbeing; and, the need to formalize and better structure cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments on primary health care, with CHCs as multi-sector hubs for local action.

2:30 - 3:15 Posters and Exhibitor Break
3:15 - 4:15 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
4:15 - 5:15 Networking
6:00 - 6:30 Reception with cash bar
6:15 Transformative Change Awards Gala

Thursday, June 13, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration opens
7:30 - 8:30 Exhibits / Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00

Plenary Three | Indigenous Health and Climate Change: What Role for Community Health?

For Inuit activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier, climate change is yet another assault on the health of communities already struggling with the context of past traumas. Join her for a compelling call to action on why community health as a sector needs to act now to support communities affected by our biggest health crisis yet, and what we can do to help heal divides between human and planetary trauma.

10:00 - 10:30  Networking and Exhibitor Break
10:30 - 11:30 Morning Concurrent Sessions
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 1:30 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1:45 - 3:15

Plenary Four | Advancing Community Health in an Era of Global Change

In this plenary, community health leaders from across Canada and the United States will share specific examples of how they are advancing community wellbeing and health equity in the context of populist global social and political movements. Together, panelists and participants will begin to articulate a clearer leadership role for the community health movement within this political climate, including fostering civic engagement and dialogue about public policies essential to building a more inclusive, equitable and healthier society.