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Cancelled: Meeting Social Needs in an Integrated Health System: A Role for Social Prescribing
Meeting Social Needs in an Integrated Health System: A Role for Social Prescribing
This event has been cancelled.
In cancelling this event, we are aligning with the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial public health experts, who advise all of us to avoid mass gatherings, particularly of critical healthcare personnel, due to COVID-19. We also recognize that you may be preoccupied with COVID-19 in your professional and personal lives.
On March 25, we will be launching the Rx: Community – Social Prescribing in Ontario Final Report. We will also find alternate plans to hear your questions, share ideas, and continue the work to make social prescribing a key component of Ontario’s health system transformation. Our very promising results suggest that scaled-up social prescribing will support better integration of care and improved connections for people in Ontario who need them the most, and that each of us has a role to play.
It is important that we all recognize how essential social and community supports are in times of self-isolation and quarantines, and in the aftermath of emergencies. Studies from the 2003 SARS outbreak show that after isolation, those with denser social networks were much less likely to subsequently suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Thank you for your understanding, and for your interest in and support for this event. I hope you’ll continue to follow this work, share your interest with others, keep in touch with us, check in on your neighbours and communities, and take your next steps in social prescribing when you are ready and able.