Social Prescribing Hour: How Ontario are Mainstreaming Social Prescribing
Social Prescribing Roundup
Mainstreaming social prescribing in Ontario
Kate has an impressive resume and is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Dalla Lane School of Public Health, Director of Policy and Communications at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, Ontario, and board member at Toronto Public Health, so we knew this was going to be an interesting hour jam-packed with insight and examples of how social prescribing is happening in Canada and around the world.
It's time for Social Prescribing Hour! This month we have an extra hour dedicated to SP around the world, with host @KateMMulligan of @UofT_dlsph & @AllianceON so let's get started! Q1. Who are you and what do you do? https://t.co/UDWQvLrUcA pic.twitter.com/Wj2TlvRN98— #SocialPrescribing (@SocialPresHour) July 24, 2019
An international social prescribing movement
We know that 80% or more of our health is determined by social & environmental factors that we can address and change at individual and population levels. Kate stressed that social prescribing is affordable, effective, and completely doable.
Q2. Why do you think social prescribing is taking off internationally? @KateMMulligan highlights the benefits of #socialprescribing in tackling the social and environmental factors of health and the importance of the recent launch of the International Social Prescribing Network pic.twitter.com/nO9j0hf1pI— #SocialPrescribing (@SocialPresHour) July 24, 2019
Very very true Marie Anne.— Cathy Connolly (@CathyConn) July 24, 2019
Approach to measurement, health equity and a systems context
Kate discussed how their social prescribing model in Ontario focuses on measurement, health equity and system context.
Q3. What's unique about your approach to social prescribing? @KateMMulligan discusses the @AllianceON approach of measurement, health equity and a systems context. More can also be found at https://t.co/CUQjdqBwlT and https://t.co/iQKlN9vZ5o pic.twitter.com/Lx40uBgsA9— #SocialPrescribing (@SocialPresHour) July 24, 2019
Yes! We have a common electronic medical record care of @TELUSHealth that we use to track and measure referrals. We supplement that with qualitative research. @RaynerJen is our research director and a health services epidemiologist who is leading the evaluation. pic.twitter.com/SCArA2wR22— Kate Mulligan (@KateMMulligan) July 24, 2019
THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL PRESCRIBING
The discussion concluded with Kate predicting that social prescribing will continue to be mainstreamed around the world as each of the early adopters in the global movement shares their evidence & inspiration.
Q4. What's next for social prescribing around the world? @KateMMulligan predicts #socialprescribing continuing to be mainstreaded around the world as early adoptors share evidence and inspiration #FutureofHealth #SocialPresHour pic.twitter.com/HGN6xH2nuW— #SocialPrescribing (@SocialPresHour) July 24, 2019
ENDING WITH SOME INSPIRATION
Kate concluded her hour with some great quotes and left us wanting to know more about the incredible social prescribing work happening in Ontario. Due to popular demand, we’ll have Kate back online with us soon, watch this space.
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A big thank you to everyone to Kate and everyone that joined in and contributed their ideas, thoughts and questions! Join us again on Social Prescribing Hour 8-9PM 31ST July.
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