The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is excited to host an upcoming webinar series focused on long-term care and health system reform in Canada. “Converging Crises: Addressing the crises in long-term care, health system inequities, and federal-provincial relations” is a series of three online events taking place April 23, April 30 and May 7. Links to register for each webinar are included below.  

At the CCPA we have a long-standing commitment to research that addresses the growing inequities in Canadian society, the debate around for-profit versus public delivery of health services, and the challenges in long-term care and the broader seniors care system. Like many others, since the onset of the pandemic our attention has been increasingly focused on the humanitarian crisis in long-term care, the unequal impacts on the racialized and gendered workforce, and the call for national standards in long-term care.

The federal government struggled to take meaningful and timely leadership due primarily to deepening fault lines between the federal and provincial governments. But now more than ever is the time for different levels of government to work together to ensure that evidence guides policy and practice around COVID-19 and long-term care, and to address the urgent and long-standing health system failures and racism experienced by Indigenous, Black and racialized communities.

The series will feature three sessions, and you must register for each webinar individually at the registration links below:

SESSION 1 – Learning from our History: Missed Opportunities and Lessons for the Future

April 23, 10:30am – noon Pacific (1:30 – 3:00pm Eastern)

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Speakers:

  • Greg Marchildon is a professor and Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
  • Camille Orridge is a Senior Fellow at Wellesley Institute, and past CEO of the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
  • Danielle Martin the Executive Vice President of Women’s College Hospital, where she is also a practicing family physician.
  • Barbara Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at York University.

SESSION 2 – Strategies for Moving Forward: A Learning Health System Approach for Empowering the Healthcare Workforce, Patients and Communities

April 30, 8:30 – 11:00am Pacific (11:30am – 1:00pm Eastern)

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Speakers:

  • Rob Reid is the Hazel McCallion Research Chair in Learning Health Systems at the Institute for Better Health and a professor at U of T’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.
  • Cheryl Prescod is Executive Director at the Black Creek Community Health Centre in Toronto. 
  • Kim McGrail is professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC and is the scientific director for both the Health Data Research Network Canada and Population Data BC.
  • Dr. Deanne Taylor is the Corporate Director of Research, Interior Health and Adjunct Professor at UBC Okanagan in the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

SESSION 3 – A Rights-based Approach to Health Equity for Indigenous and Racialized Communities

May 7, noon – 1:30pm Pacific (3:00 – 4:30pm Eastern)

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Speakers:

  • Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician and health justice activist.
  • Martha Jackman is law professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in constitutional law and brings a human rights perspective to health care transformation discussion
  • More speakers to be announced soon!