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Meeting Social Needs in an Integrated Health System: A Role for Social Prescribing

Wednesday, March 25 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
155 College Street - University of Toronto - Health Sciences Building, Room 601

Due to enthusiastic interest, this event is at registration capacity. We will seek to find additional space based on demand, so please do register on our Waiting List if you are interested in attending.

On Wednesday, March 25, join the Alliance for Healthier Communities and James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, for a keynote lecture on social prescribing.

Social prescribing, an intentional and evidence-informed pathway to better connect health and social care, is increasingly recognized as the next step in improving and better integrating health systems around the world. National Health Service England has recently adopted this practice across the country, with emergent momentum to do the same in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, among others.

Coming at a strategic moment for Ontario’s transforming health system, this event is an excellent opportunity to hear directly from Sanderson about how his work as Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, and interim CEO of UK National Academy for Social Prescribing, has galvanized national interest in social prescribing and how the innovative practice is being embedded sustainably across the UK.

The event will also mark the launch of the final research and practice report for Rx Community, Ontario’s first-in-Canada social prescribing research pilot. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from practitioners, clients and researchers who participated in Ontario’s pilot, and you’ll hear about why the time is right to scale social prescribing across Ontario and Canada to address social isolation and loneliness, improve mental health, reduce hallway medicine, and collaborate toward healthier and more resilient communities.

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Welcome reception at 5:30 pm | Prompt start at 6:00 pm

Introduction by Hon. Christine Elliot, Minister of Health, Deputy Premier of Ontario

Welcome by Dr. Andrew Boozary, Executive Director of Health and Social Policy, University Health Network and Assistant Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Keynote by James Sanderson, Interim CEO, UK National Academy for Social Prescribing and Director of Personalised Care, National Health Service England

Rx: Community – Social Prescribing in Ontario report by

Dr. Kate Mulligan, Director of Health & Social Policy, Alliance for Healthier Communities and Assistant Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Jennifer Rayner, Director of Research & Evaluation, Alliance for Healthier Communities; Assistant Professor at Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Research Professor at Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Western University

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 05:30
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.