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Partnership Fall Series - October 13, 2020 Program

Event Recording

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
1:00 - 1:10 p.m. ET


Host: Mark Henick
Mental Health Advocate and Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

1:10 - 1:35 p.m. ET

Evolving with the Changing Health Care Landscape - Download presentation

The unprecedented disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for digital health. There is a higher demand for virtual care.  Patients and providers have new perceptions about virtual care and are more likely to use it, and new reimbursement models are making it possible for virtual care to be adopted across Canada.  Furthermore, virtual care can enable an effective response to a second wave of COVID-19 and help increase access to mental health and other services.  Join Infoway CEO Michael Green as he describes the changing landscape of health care in Canada, the increased prevalence of virtual as a valid care delivery mechanism and how Infoway is evolving to best serve its stakeholders, including patients, caregivers and families.

Michael Green
President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway

1:35 - 1:40 p.m. ET Session Transition
1:40 - 2:20 p.m. ET

Mental Health and Substance Use:  The issues are real – can interventions be virtual?

Now more than ever, issues of mental health and substance use are front and centre.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 52% of Canadians identified their mental wellness had declined, and of those reporting poorer mental health, they were more likely to have increased their use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco.  These were phenomena experienced globally.

But as we know, access to mental health and substance use supports was a challenge before the pandemic and continue to be so.  During the height of the pandemic shutdown, many supports abruptly stopped.  This while individuals were feeling more isolated, anxious, and depressed.  How is this challenge best addressed and what are the options in our new reality?  Can virtual interactions and other digital solutions offer new support pathways?

We have assembled a panel of experts to not only discuss these questions but share their experiences and insights for the future.

Genevieve Sahulka
Person with lived experience

Katherine Hay
President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

AnnMarie Churchill
Executive Director, Stepped Care Solutions

Dr. David Gratzer
Chief of the General Psychiatry Division, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Andrew Slater
Chief Executive Officer, Homecare Medical New Zealand and the National Telehealth Service

Moderator: Fraser Ratchford
Senior Director, ACCESS Solutions & Services, Canada Health Infoway

2:20 - 2:25 p.m. ET Session Transition
2:25 - 2:55 p.m. ET

Just about everything is "m": Kenya's strides in Mobile-Health Technologies - Download presentation

Mobile telephony has opened up in the health sector in Kenya. It has improved access to health insurance, access to health services and medicines, and access to training for health care providers. This presentation will highlight some of the key advances that technology has enabled, describe lessons learned along the journey and describe what’s next in terms of harnessing the potential of mobile technology.

Dr. Wangari Ng’ang’a
Senior Health Advisor, Presidential Policy & Strategy Unit, Executive Office of the President – Kenya

2:55 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Infoway Partnership: Fall Series Wrap Up


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