Webinar: Social prescribing, a systems change and asset-based approach

After months of social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are facing what some are calling a “loneliness pandemic.” Social isolation is increasingly being recognized as a public health issue around the world and social prescribing is being implemented by some countries as an asset-based and systems change approach to integrating health and social care. 

This webinar discussion will feature Sonia Hsiung and Dr. Trevor Hancock in a discussion about the findings from Rx: Community, a social prescription pilot program in Ontario, and will explore opportunities for implementing and scaling up social prescribing across Canada. 

Read the EENet Promising Practice on the same project

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

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Speakers

Sonia Hsiung is the Project Lead, Policy and Communications at the Alliance for Healthier Communities. With experience in a range of sectors spanning from engineering, food security, housing, to health care, she is keen to bring the strengths of diverse sectors together to build healthier and more connected communities. Sonia coordinated Ontario’s first social prescribing research project, which demonstrated promising results in reduced loneliness, improved mental health, and increased integration between health and social care delivery, and has generated momentum nationally and internationally.

Dr. Trevor Hancock was the first leader of the Green Party of Canada. Under him, the party ran 60 candidates in the 1984 federal election. He is a public health physician, and consults with the World Health Organization. Together with Dr. Leonard Duhl, he created the Healthy Cities project that looks at environmental aspects of sustainable urban development as a determinant of health. In 2005, Dr. Hancock was also instrumental in initiating BC Healthy Communities - a provincial initiative focused on building capacity for healthy municipal governance.

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