#Social Prescribing Conference 2023 | Cultivating Connections: Pathways to Wellbeing

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8:00 – 8:45

Log in & networking

Networking tables hosted by various organizations

8:45- 9:15

Land Acknowledgement by Sarah Hobbs, CEO Alliance for Healthier Communities

Black Land Acknowledgement by Sabrina Morrison, TAIBU CHC

Welcome Activity:  Who is the room? Natasha Beaudin, Alliance Social Prescribing Team

Opening remarks by Sarah Hobbs, CEO Alliance for Healthier Communities

9:15 – 10:00

Key note speaker: Jay Pitter, Placemaker & Urban Planning Adjunct Professor

Title: Place as a Social Prescription  

10:05 – 11:00

Concurrent session A

Social Prescribing: A Tool for Primary Care and Topic Expert Group Panel

  • Centre for Effective Practice

Concurrent Session B

Social prescribing without a link worker: "Bridges", an interdisciplinary and sustainable SP model

  • Seaway Valley Community Health Centre

Concurrent Session C

Traditional Indigenous Health and Wellness Practices within an Integrated Health Care Model

  • Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:15

Concurrent session D

Social Prescribing for Children and Youth

  • Gateway Community Health Centre
  • Vanier Pediatric Hub

Concurrent session E

Integrating Music on Prescription into healthcare

  • Music and Health Research Insititute, University of Ottawa
  • The SingWell Project, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Radical Connections & The Better Breathing Choir

Concurrent Session F

Black Focused Social Prescribing for Black Health

  • Alliance Black Health Committee

  • Durham Community Health Centre

  • Logical Outcomes

  • TAIBU Community Health Centre

12:15 – 12:45

Lunch break

Experiential Session:  Visual Arts: Experience the arts-based social prescribing happening at Regent Park CHC


12:45 – 1:40

Concurrent session G

Optimizing Social Prescribing in Ontario: the ARC-211 model; A researcher - Ontario 211 partnership

  • Bruyere Research Institute, University of Ottawa
  • Community Connection / 211 Central East Ontario



Concurrent session H

Assessing needs and pathways for implementing social prescription among older adults in Montreal

  • McGill University / Older Adults
  • Eva Marsden Centre, Laval University



1:50 – 2:40

Concurrent session I

Weaving Asset Mapping & Community Development into Social Prescribing

  • Grand Bend Community Health Centre
  • Carlington Community Health Centre


Concurrent Session J

Beyond social prescribing: an integrated approach to addressing equity and health for older adults

  • St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team (FHT)

Concurrent Session K

Educational Programs to Enhance Social Prescribing with Older Adults

  • Healthy Aging Alberta
  • Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health
  • Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre

2 :50 – 3:40

Concurrent session L

How Social Prescribing is Changing the Landscape of Healthcare in Canada

  • Manitoba Association of Senior Communities
  • Older Adults Centres' Association of Ontario
  • United Way British Columbia
  • Moderated by the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing 

Experiential Session


Body Wisdom - The Potential of Kemetic Yoga with Natasha Eck

Concurrent session M

Par ici le talent! Let’s take up some space! Social Prescription and A Theater Show on Steroids Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario

  • Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury
  • Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario


3:45 - 4 :45

Key note speaker: Kami Norland: Human-Centered Leadership and Mental Wellbeing Advocacy

4:45 – 5:00

Reflections and conference wrap: Jennifer Rayner, Director of Research & Policy, Alliance for Healthier Communities

5:00 – 5:45