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Driven by demographic and fiscal imperatives, policy-makers are rethinking how health care is provided and to whom. Ontario is implementing 77 Health Links to encourage greater collaboration between primary care, specialist care, hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation, home care and community supports. By starting with the highest cost users -- the 1% to 5% who account for 66% of health care spending -- and developing local approaches to providing “the right care, at the right time, and in the right place,” Health Links aim to overcome system fragmentation, moderate system costs, push new investments in community-based primary health care, and make the leap from provider-centred to person-centred care.

This half day symposium featuring diverse perspectives,(followed by a networking lunch and presentation and book signing with award-winning Canadian author Dr Vincent Lam) examines key challenges and opportunities faced by Ontario’s Health Links as they attempt to build person-centred systems of care “from the ground up.” It poses key questions. Is collaboration enough to do the job? What “sticks” and “carrots” are needed to move resources toward primary health care? If Health Links concentrate on the top 5% of health care users, what happens to the other 95%? What are the early lessons learned from pilot sites?


Event Details



Date & Time

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
8:30 am – 2:30 pm (networking lunch included)



Room ENG 103 (Ground Floor), George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church St., Toronto (Ontario) [Map]


Registration Fee

$75 ($35 for students)

Registration include access to the symposium, continental breakfast, networking lunch, and and a copy of The Headmaster’s Wager by Giller Prize-winning Canadian author Dr. Vincent Lam.

International Keynote Speaker

  • Jenny Billings [MSc, RN PGDipHV], Reader in Applied Health Research, Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent (Kent, UK).

Plenary Speaker

  • Walter Wodchis [PhD, MAE, MA], Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario).

Special Speaker

  • Martha Greenberg, Director, Transformation Secretartiat, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Toronto, Ontario).

Panel Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Seonag Macrae [MS, MBA], Vice President Community Care and Wellness for Seniors, WoodGreen Community Services (Toronto, Ontario).
  • Jocelyne Maxwell, Executive Director, Centre de santé communautaire du Témiskaming (New Liskeard, Ontario).
  • Dr. Tia Pham, Lead Physician, South East Toronto Family Health Team (Toronto, Ontario).
  • Dr. Tim Rutledge, President & CEO, North York General Hospital (Toronto, Ontario).


Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Photo of Vincent Lam

Dr. Vincent Lam Novelist, Winner of the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and Nominee for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize, Emergency Room Physician and Lecturer (Toronto, Ontario).

To view the archived webcast of the event, please click here.
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The CRNCC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Ryerson University
The HSPRN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)