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  • May 27, 2020 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Meeting Social Needs in an Integrated Health System: Social Prescribing During COVID-19 and Beyond

Speakers James Sanderson, Dr. Kate Mulligan and Dr. Jennifer Rayner

On May 27 at 12:30 pm, we cordially invite you to join the Alliance for Healthier Communities and James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, for a webinar focused on Social Prescribing in lieu of the cancelled in-person event in March.

As Ontario continues to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, the importance of integrating health care and social supports is more critical than ever. While it is heartening to hear so many stories of informal community care, mutual aid and caremongering already underway across local communities, we must act now to ensure that these important gains continues to be deepened and strengthened in formal healthcare and community support delivery.

As an intentional and evidence-informed pathway to better connect health and social care, and increasingly recognized as the next step in improving and better integrating health systems around the world, social prescribing offers a crucial path forward.

You will hear directly from James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England and interim CEO of UK National Academy for Social Prescribing, on how the innovative practice is being embedded sustainably across the UK and especially mobilized during this pandemic.

The webinar will also share key findings from 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 will 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.



Welcoming remarks by Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Health and Dr. Andrew Boozary, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Keynote by James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England and interim CEO of UK National Academy for Social Prescribing

Rx community – Social Prescribing in Ontario research findings by the Alliance for Healthier Communities

Movement activity by the National Ballet of Canada

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – 12:30

12:30-2:00 p.m.