CanTreatCOVID is a clinical trial taking place all across Canada. It is looking at a variety of different treatment options for COVID-19, with a goal of understanding which treatments work best and for whom. Over 30 universities and research organizations are taking part in this study.

The Alliance is participating in this clinical trial, which is good news for the clients served by our sector. Dr. Jennifer Rayner, Director of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, is one of the co-investigators in the CanTreatCOVID project. Linked practice and administrative datasets, made possible through our sector's Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) as well as our data-sharing agreement with ICES, ensures that our members' clients can participate. This is important, because it will ensure that the findings of the study are applicable to people who experience barriers to health and wellbeing, including those with complex health and social care needs and those who are members of marginalized populations.

CanTreatCOVID has recently begun recruiting participants in Ontario

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the project, an update on its progress, and information on how Alliance-member primary health care organizations can participate. 


A colour headshot of Dr. Jennifer Rayner, who is facing the camera and smiling. She has short, light hair and glasses.
Jennifer Rayner is the Director of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Healthier Communities. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is an adjunct Research Professor at in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and University of Toronto in Family Medicine and with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She has worked within the Community Health Centre sector for over 20 years and is interested in comprehensive primary health care, interprofessional teams and health equity. Dr. Rayner was an advisor to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.
A black and white headshot of Dr. Andrew Pinto, who is smiling. He has short, dark hair, glasses, and a beard.


Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab, a research team focused on tackling social determinants, population health management and using data to enable proactive care. He holds the CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Upstream Prevention. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN) and the lead for artificial intelligence in a new initiative at the Department of Family and Community Medicine on how new technologies will change healthcare.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:00
8:00-9:00 am
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