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Integrating Care for Older Persons: If It’s Such A Great Idea, Why Haven’t We Done It Yet?

There is growing international evidence that integrating care for older persons with ongoing, complex health and social needs is where you want to go: not only does greater integration promise better outcomes for older persons and their caregivers, it can make health care systems more cost-effective and sustainable. Yet, integrating initiatives in Ontario and elsewhere have been challenging to start, sustain, scale up and spread

This half-day symposium examines ongoing challenges and opportunities for integrating community-based supports and primary health care for older persons and caregivers. It asks the question: if integrating care is so promising, why is it so tough to achieve, and how can lessons learned locally and internationally be leveraged to move forward in Ontario?



Event Details



Date & Time:

Monday, December 10, 2012
8:15 am - 2:00 pm



St. Andrews Club and Conference Centre, 150 King Street West 16th Floor, Toronto (Ontario)


Event Materials:



Speakers (by order of appearance)

  • Dr. Samir Sinha, Provincial Lead, Ontario's Seniors Strategy; Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto
  • Dr. Henk Nies, Professor of Organisation and Policy in Long-Term Care, Free University of Amsterdam and CEO, Vilans (Centre for Expertise for Long-Term Care), Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Mimi Lowi-Young, Health Care Executive Advisor; inaugural CEO, Central-West Local Health Integration Network; former President and CEO, St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto
  • David Munch, Executive Director, Finlandia Village, Sudbury
  • Valmay Barkey & Catherine Danbrook, Community Care, City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Leslie McDiarmid, Executive Director, South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
  • Tom Closson, President and CEO, Tom Closson Consulting; Past President, Ontario Hospital Association
  • Dr. Walter P. Wodchis, Principal Investigator, HSPRN



Video Recording

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HSPRN is a multi university and institution collaborative network supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)

CRNCC is a virtual knowledge network dedicated to advancing research and knowledge transfer in home and community care supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Ryerson University