Join Our Communities of Practice
Social prescribing is a practice dedicated to building up communities and fostering connections between like-minded people. In much the same way, the people who implement social prescribing initiatives, advocate for the social prescribing movement, or just want to deepen their understanding of social prescribing need a space to convene and learn from each other. With this need in mind, the Alliance is developing two communities of practice (CoPs) to bring people together on national and provincial levels.
Canadian Social Prescribing Community of Practice
The Canadian Social Prescribing CoP is a collaborative, interdisciplinary collective of people in discussion about how to raise national awareness and develop nation-wide strategies and approaches to implement and/or embed social prescribing in health and social systems. With cross-sectoral members from the arts, health care promotion, academia, and other sectors, this CoP is co-hosted by the Alliance for Healthier Communities, the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, United Way British Columbia, and the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario.
Members of the Canadian Social Prescribing CoP are paving the way forward to scale up initiatives, and have helped develop a national social prescribing referral pathway and the first current state report of social prescribing in Canada.
Quarterly meetings are recorded and held at 9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST on the second Tuesday of the month in January, April, July and October. Summary notes are provided after each meeting to all members of the CoP.
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Resource and Contact Sharing
Please share your contact information and other resources with the Canadian Social Prescribing CoP by filling out this short survey that will help inform other members of the CoP. You can also choose to opt out of sharing your contact information during this survey, or to provide feedback around what type of resources you are most interested in accessing.
Ontario Social Prescribing Community of Practice
At the provincial level, the Ontario Social Prescribing Community of Practice is facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and connections between people who implement social prescribing across Ontario. Joining this community will help you get to know the social prescribing initiatives being put into motion in areas closer to you. Co-hosted by the Alliance for Healthier Communities and the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario, the Ontario Social Prescribing CoP is a great opportunity to meet, share lessons learned and highlight promising practices from your projects while learning from others.
Members meet on a bi-monthly schedule, with meetings held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST, every third Thursday of the month. Meetings for this CoP are not recorded, and summary notes of each meeting are provided for all members.
Resource and Contact Sharing
For more resources and to facilitate contact between CoP members, the Ontario Social Prescribing CoP has a dedicated Google Drive resource hub and Google Group email listserv.
If you would like to learn more, please contact:
Alliance for Healthier Communities