COVID-19 Community of Practice for Ontario Family Physicians UofT DFCM and OCFP


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This COVID-19 Community of Practice is a joint initiative from the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). Approximately every month, they bring people together virtually and share perspectives from a few practicing family physicians on topics ranging from implementing virtual care, to organizing community collaborations, to supporting patients with mental health and addiction. These one-hour webinars are interactive and questions from participants are be answered in real-time. Answers, resources, and recordings are posted after each session so that the sharing continues in the time between virtual sessions.

Rainbow Health Ontario’s NEW Online Learning Platform

Tags: LGBT2SQ Health

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LGBT2SQ communities face specific health challenges and barriers to accessing care. Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) offers training for healthcare and social service providers to increase their clinical and cultural competency in caring for their LGBT2SQ service users. With LGBT2SQ Health Connect, RHO’s new online learning platform, these trainings are now more easily accessible from anywhere across the province than ever. Visit today to register for your learning account and access on-demand and scheduled courses. You will get a certificate of completion for each course that you finish. To celebrate the launch of our online learning, RHO is making all training available through the platform temporarily free of charge until Dec. 31, 2020, after which time a cost recovery-based pricing model will be phased in.

Primary Care 2025 Capitalizing on rapid change to improve Ontario’s primary healthcare system

Tags: Family Medicine Primary Care

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Innovative solutions to emerging challenges were implemented, capitalizing on existing strengths. Galvanized by a cultural shift away from many embedded assumptions and laboured decision-making processes, the pandemic accelerated the momentum towards integrated care and exacerbated the challenges where care is more fragmented.

The objective of this report is to ensure that reforms either implemented during or revoked after the COVID-19 pandemic are aligned with the changes necessary to achieve sustainable high quality care across the province, with a specific focus on the role of primary care.

Meredith Vanstone, PhD – Department of Family Medicine – McMaster University

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care (v1 – Oct 1, 2020)

Tags: Self Assessment. Return to School

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Version 1 – October 1, 2020

As of October 1, updates have been made to testing guidelines for children which adjust the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

This tool provides basic information only and contains recommendations for children to support
decision making by parents about whether their child should attend school/childcare and/or
needs to be tested for COVID-19. This can be used to assess symptoms of any child who attends
child care or school (junor, intermediate, high school). It is not to be used as a clinical assessment tool or intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Screening must occur daily and at home before a child enters school or child care.

Ministry of Health Update for Ontario Health Teams

Tags: OHT Ontario Health Team

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The Ministry of Health is pleased to invite you to a webinar on August 5, 2020 at 2-3:30PM, regarding OHT implementation. Webinar objectives: The webinar will include:

  • Opening remarks by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, the Honourable Christine Elliott
  • Perspectives on COVID-19 lessons learned from Helen Angus, Deputy Minister
  • Introduction of the Chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, Betty-Lou Kristy
  • Key updates and next steps to advance OHT implementation