About

The landscape of home and community care has been viewed through a much different lens in the last year, with the impacts of COVID-19 showing us vulnerable regions and which areas need more focus. Health care professionals have seen an increase in inequality and how social determinates affect health care.

This conference will examine resources that allow home and community care to thrive. We will discuss new ways in which communities take care of each other, how we keep acute care in hospitals, and what support is needed and necessary for those changes to be sustainable.

Who is this conference for?

Professionals from organizations providing care in home and community settings
Public Health Professionals
Community Leaders
Government Administrators

More and more patients are receiving care at home for longer than ever before. Home is where people want to be. Home is where people want to receive their care.

Why should you attend?

1. GET INSIGHTS

into other organizations’ successes and challenges.

 

2. SHARE

information with your peers about your resources, challenges, and ideas to strengthen the home and community health care sector.

 

3. CONNECT

with experts in this field. Make new contacts and discover new opportunities.

Agenda

All times below are Eastern Time.

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM

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10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Opening Remarks


Cheryl San Juan
She/Her
Director of Primary Health Care
The Alex Community Health Centre

10:10 AM - 10:55 AM
Session 1

The Pivotal Role of Community Service Organizations During a Pandemic

Navigating the restrictions associated with the pandemic brought unique challenges for seniors. Caregiver relief programs were suspended; many experienced loneliness, fear and sadness; and managing practical necessities such as getting groceries brought challenge and anxiety. Community Care, City of Kawartha Lakes was one of many community-based organizations to rapidly pivot its people and programs to meet the needs of clients and residents in our community. This presentation will present a wide-angle view of the role played by community service organizations to assist individuals to stay at home and help to flatten the virus curve.

Objectives:

  • Explain where Community Support Service Organizations fit in the health system structure
  • Understand the role of Community Service Organizations in enabling seniors to stay at home
  • Identify specific services, strategies and resources used to support staff, clients and caregivers during the pandemic


Barbara Mildon
She/Her
CEO, Community Care
City of Kawartha Lakes

Moderated By:

Cheryl San Juan
She/Her
Director of Primary Health Care
The Alex Community Health Centre

10:55 AM - 11:15 AM
Session 2

Open Mic and Networking

This 20-minute session is a networking event that will provide participants with the chance to meet virtually to engage in a guided conversation.

Moderated By:

Cheryl San Juan
She/Her
Director of Primary Health Care
The Alex Community Health Centre

11:15 AM – 11:20 AM
Transition to Session 3A and 3B
11:20 AM - 12:05 PM
Session 3A

Partnerships with Community Organizations - A Better Tent City

Inspired by the way that Nadine Green turned her convenience store into a pop-up shelter for homeless people, Ron Doyle made his industrial property available for unsheltered people to stay. What began with 15 people tenting indoors soon grew to a community of 50 people with the majority living in tiny homes. This would not have been possible without the support of community organizations – handling the finances, supplying food, providing on-site healthcare, and cooking a hot supper every day.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the biggest challenges to these programs
  • Recommend what government support looks like and the process of acquiring it
  • Illustrate takeaways if a community group wants to build something similar


Nadine Green
She/Her
Site Coordinator
A Better Tent City


Jeff Willmer
He/Him
A Better Tent City

Moderated By:

Cheryl San Juan
She/Her
Director of Primary Health Care
The Alex Community Health Centre

11:20 AM - 12:05 PM
Session 3B

Community Paramedics and Palliative Care

The County of Renfrew is the largest geographical county in the province of Ontario, covering a landmass of approximately 8,000km2. Consequently, accessibility to healthcare can be challenging for the palliative care and end-of-life patient population. This is exacerbated in after-hours, and most recently, by the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to increasing demands and caseloads for palliative care providers. As such, the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service has seen a magnification of paramedic involvement in palliative care and end of life care patient care circles. We will discuss the opportunity for community paramedics to increase the timeliness and appropriateness of palliative and end of life patient-centered care. We will discuss the Community Paramedic Palliative Care Program that was established in Renfrew County. This program was developed in partnership with local palliative care agencies and family physicians, and has a primary aim that is twofold: to increase the quality of episodic, patient-centred care and to act as a stopgap within the healthcare system when called upon to help palliative care patients in crisis.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the role of Community Paramedics in providing local Palliative Care
  • Illustrate paramedic integration in local, inter-disciplinary Palliative Care networks


Amber Hultink
She/Her
Commander
County of Renfrew Paramedic Service

Moderated By:

Nicole Blackman
She/Her
Provincial Director – Ontario ICS Program
Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

12:05 PM - 12:10 PM
Transition to Session 4A & 4B
12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
Session 4A

Reaching Towards Change: Building an Alternative Community Response Service in Toronto

This presentation will describe the formation and work of the Reach Out Response Network, which is supporting the City of Toronto in developing a non-police crisis response service that will be piloted in 2022. Participants will learn about the work currently being done in Toronto and across Canada to develop non-police mental health crisis services.

Objectives:

  • Identify innovations in crisis response happening in Toronto and across Canada
  • Learn about available tools and resources to begin similar work in their own communities


Rachel Bromberg
She/Her
Co-Founder
Reach Out Response Network

Moderated By:

Cheryl San Juan
She/Her
Director of Primary Health Care
The Alex Community Health Centre

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
Session 4B

Community Paramedicine Implementation

Community paramedics work to fill gaps in the health care system with new, creative ideas. How can these initiatives work in other communities and what do they need for sustainable implementation?

Objectives:

  • Recognize the infrastructure and education that is needed for patients to know about these community programs
  • Illustrate resources and investments that are needed to achieve this


Shannon Leduc
She/Her
Commander, Clinical Programs
Ottawa Paramedic Service


Brent McLeod
He/Him
Paramedic Superintendent, Professional Development
Hamilton Paramedic Service

Moderated By:

Natalie Kedzierski
She/Her
Program Manager, Community Paramedicine
Regional Municipality of York

12:55 PM - 01:25 PM
Lunch Break and Transition to Sessions 5A & 5B
01:25 PM – 02:10 PM
Session 5A

RAAM Clinics and their Role in Communities

Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics provide low-barrier, same day access to addiction medicine services to clients in need. Leveraging the ‘window of opportunity’, RAAM services meet clients where they are at and provide potentially life-saving pharmacotherapy, addiction counselling and referrals to community resources.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the utility of rapid access addiction medicine services
  • Identify the advantages of integrating addiction medicine into primary care


Jennifer Eyford
She/Her
Associate Director of Mental Health and Addictions
The Alex Community Health Center

Moderated By:

Natalie Kedzierski
She/Her
Program Manager, Community Paramedicine
Regional Municipality of York

01:25 PM – 02:10 PM
Session 5B

Navigating MAiD in Canada

In this focused session, Dr. Green will review the important changes to MAiD legislation now in effect and help dispel any myths that persist. She will address two of the biggest questions faced by health care providers – “Can I bring this topic up?” and “What if I don’t want to?”, and provide a snapshot of the latest national data as well as share her personal experience doing this work.

Objectives:

  • Summarize hesitancies in MAiD for health care professionals
  • Illustrate the results seen in work and outreach with patients
  • Evaluate legislative change with Bill C7, and other updates for 2021


Dr. Stefanie Green
She/Her
President
Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers

Moderated By:

Dave Keystone
He/Him
Co-Founder and Executive Producer
Keepsake Video Inc

02:10 PM – 02:15 PM
Transition to Session 6A and 6B
02:15 PM – 03:00 PM
Session 6A

Better Collaborations with Caregivers

This session will provide a brief overview of the Ontario Caregiver Organization and some of the challenges facing caregivers in Ontario. The session will outline two strategies for creating better collaborations with caregivers, including recognizing the caregiver role and supporting caregiver well-being and resilience and including caregivers as part of the care team. The session will also outline key tools and resources to support these strategies.

Objectives:

  • Describe the role of the Ontario Caregiver Organization and the challenges facing Ontario caregivers
  • Identify two strategies for creating better collaborations with caregivers
  • Apply key tools and resources to use in better collaboration with caregivers


Alison Kilbourn
She/Her
Project Lead, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation
The Ontario Caregiver Organization

Moderated By:

Patrick Savoy
He/Him
Spark Conferences

02:15 PM – 03:00 PM
Session 6B

Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics

Nurse practitioner led clinics increase accessibility for patients while providing high-level health care. These practitioners are working to include innovative care practices such as Primary Care on Wheels and nurse practitioner led rural hospitals. Through this session, the speaker will talk about how nurse practitioners can expand their care in the community and home setting.

Objectives:

  • Describe how nurse practitioner led clinics work in the communities they serve, as well as how clinic wait times have shifted
  • Recognize hesitancies from patients and the education that is needed to overcome this


Cindy Fehr
She/Her
CEO
Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba


Brenda Dow
She/Her
Nurse Practitioner
Southern Health

Moderated By:

Rochelle Duong
She/Her
Manager, Clinical Programs
Ontario Health

03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Session 7

Visibility in Transgender Care

With visibility for transgender (trans) communities increasing, the need for healthcare organizations to provide affirmative care to these patients and the lack of existing care has become increasingly apparent and pressing. This session will provide participants with an introduction to the diversity of trans patient needs in a variety of healthcare settings. After providing a brief overview of the many identities under the trans umbrella, participants will learn about the unique needs of trans patients. Presenters will help participants develop an understanding of the journeys of trans patients and the challenges they face in accessing healthcare. Practical advice on how to reform an organization’s services to better meet the needs of trans
patients will be a key feature of this session.

Objectives:

  • Appreciate the diversity of trans and gender diverse patients and their needs
  • Understand how to make all healthcare practices affirmative for trans and gender diverse patients
  • Identify common errors in gender-affirming care
  • Begin an overview of existing resources to start the journey to becoming trans affirmative


Kirk Furlotte
He/Him/His
Atlantic Regional Manager
Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC)


Garry Dart
He/She/They
Primary Health Coordinator, PrideHealth
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Moderated By:

Jennifer Eyford
She/Her
Associate Director of Mental Health and Addictions
The Alex Community Health Center

03:45 PM - 03:55 PM

Closing Remarks


Jennifer Eyford
She/Her
Associate Director of Mental Health and Addictions
The Alex Community Health Center

Ongoing Call for Speakers

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with other health care professionals. The conference sessions are 45 minutes in length and include at least 20 minutes of audience participation in the form of questions and answers.

Please email us at info@sparkconferences.com to receive more information.

Presenters receive a free registration to the conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

2021 Speakers

Dave Keystone

He/Him
Co-Founder and Executive Producer
Keepsake Video Inc

    Rochelle Duong

    She/Her
    Manager, Clinical Programs
    Ontario Health

      Natalie Kedzierski

      She/Her
      Program Manager, Community Paramedicine
      Regional Municipality of York

        Nicole Blackman

        She/Her
        Provincial Director – Ontario ICS Program
        Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

          Cheryl San Juan

          She/Her
          Director of Primary Health Care
          The Alex Community Health Centre

            Brenda Dow

            She/Her
            Nurse Practitioner
            Southern Health

              Alison Kilbourn

              She/Her
              Project Lead, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation
              The Ontario Caregiver Organization

                Kirk Furlotte

                He/Him/His
                Atlantic Regional Manager
                Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC)

                  Garry Dart

                  He/She/They
                  Primary Health Coordinator, PrideHealth
                  Nova Scotia Health Authority

                    Barbara Mildon

                    She/Her
                    CEO, Community Care
                    City of Kawartha Lakes

                      Rachel Bromberg

                      She/Her
                      Co-Founder
                      Reach Out Response Network

                        Nadine Green

                        Site Coordinator
                        A Better Tent City

                          Jeff Willmer

                          He/him
                          A Better Tent City

                            Amber Hultink

                            She/Her
                            Commander
                            County of Renfrew Paramedic Service

                              Cindy Fehr

                              She/Her
                              CEO
                              Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba

                                Shannon Leduc

                                She/Her
                                Commander, Clinical Programs
                                Ottawa Paramedic Service

                                  Brent McLeod

                                  He/Him
                                  ESSC Coordinator – Community Paramedic Strategic Lead
                                  HNHB Emergency Services Steering Committee

                                    Jennifer Eyford

                                    She/Her/Hers
                                    Associate Director of Mental Health and Addictions
                                    The Alex Community Health Center

                                      Dr. Stefanie Green

                                      She/Her
                                      President
                                      Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers

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