The fourth in IFIC’s “Care during and beyond the COVID-19 Crisis - Building integrated care as the cornerstone of our new reality” webinar series will take place at 12pm (Eastern Standard Time - Toronto, New York) on Wednesday, 27 May. This webinar is in association with IFIC Canada, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and The Change Foundation. It will be chaired by Jodeme Goldhar, Executive Lead, Strategy and Innovation at The Change Foundation and Professor Walter Wodchis from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Co-Directors of IFIC Canada.
High performing health and social care systems provide exceptional care, quality and experiences for patients, caregivers and providers. Pivotal to this, is how we work across health and social care as one team. The need for integrated care is a global priority and is poised to address fragmentation and accelerate the improvements that are needed. During a global pandemic, the need to work as an integrated system is even more pressing and gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect and respond.
In situations where systems are subjected to unprecedented pressure, organizations and sectors may respond from the lens of what can their individual organization or sector do, rather than responding as a cohesive and interconnected system.
Organizations that have embraced collaborative models of response and care and were already working to advance integration pre-pandemic appear to be more effective in responding as one connected team and community.
Through this webinar, IFIC will profile Canadian and international examples that demonstrate what teams have leveraged and accelerated in order to respond to COVID-19 as one connected team and community.
This webinar will enable health and care decision-makers and managers to hear about the integrated care approaches implemented and considerations made to address people’s continued care and support needs beyond the public health issues and crisis management. The webinar will include an opportunity to ask questions and will highlight IFIC’s COVID-19 Knowledge Exchange Platform to facilitate the sharing of people’s experiences of responding to the situation.
In this webinar series we will be offering an opportunity for our network to hear about the integrated care approaches implemented and considerations being made around the world to address people’s continued care and support needs beyond the immediate public health issues and crisis management. This webinar series is not intended to be about lessons learnt or to provide expert advice, but it is intended as a space to share observations, insights and thoughts. We will discuss various responses and reflect on new ways of working and ongoing learning as the weeks progress.