Respiratory Care during COVID-19: What have we learned one year later

Wed, April 21, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has required healthcare professionals to change the way care is delivered and has allowed for the development of innovative practices and partnerships for the continued provision of quality care.
This webinar will highlight practice changes and considerations for the diagnosis and management of chronic lung diseases such as COPD. This includes highlighting the challenges of respiratory diagnostics such as spirometry testing and policies and changes that were needed to provide a safe testing environment.
Additionally, the webinar will highlight clinical resources and community support programs provided by the Lung Health Foundation to support primary care practices and their patients. 

Learning Objectives: 
By the end of the session the participants will be able to:

  • Align COPD management considerations in the midst of COVID-19 protocols and practice changes
  • Identify innovative partnerships and team-based practice changes to serve people living with lung disease 
  • Recognize challenges of spirometry testing and interpretation in a virtual world – lessons learned and discussion on when to reopen spirometry in primary care
  • Appreciate primary and community care services and resources from the Lung Health Foundation to support your clients

When: April 21, 2021 (12-1 pm EST) 


Slides: Click here 



Rita Hanna



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Rita Hanna is a Primary Care Pharmacist at the Credit Valley Family Health Team and the Family Medicine Teaching Unit.
Rita has been a Registered Pharmacist in Ontario since 1991. She is CAMH / UofT TEACH Certified Smoking Cessation Counselor, and active member of the Lung Health Team at the Credit Valley FHT.  She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally Rita has been involved in the Palliative Care Team at CVFHT.
Rita is a Clinical Instructor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and a Clinical Preceptor for pharmacy school at the University of Toronto and at Waterloo University. She was the recipient of the Preceptor of the year Award from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 2017 and Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist of the Year Award for Health Promotion in 2015.

Natalia Makeeva

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Natalia Makeeva graduated from D’ Youville college with Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification in 2011. She has been working as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Credit Valley Family FHT, Inner City FHT and Attending NP with William Osler Hospital since 2011. Over these years she has been involved in the development and implementation COPD/ Lung Health at both FHTs. 
Additionally, she is involved in palliative care and geriatric programs.  She is passionate about providing care in a manner that combines clinical expertise with premises of health promotion and disease prevention.  

Ashley Bain


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Ashley Bain is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator who has been working in primary care for 9 years. She currently works between three different Family Health Teams – Temagami, Great Northern and Englehart. Her role focuses on spirometry, respiratory education, and smoking cessation. 
Ashley grew up in Northern Ontario, and is thrilled to be raising her young family there as well. 

Sara Han

RRT, CRE, Provincial Coordinator, Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP)

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Sara is currently the Provincial Coordinator of the Ministry of Health Primary Care Asthma Program (which includes COPD) at the Lung Health Foundation. Prior to joining LHF, she worked at a hospital in Toronto as a Respiratory Therapist and at the Dufferin Area FHT in Orangeville as an RRT/CRE. 
Sara has a passion for chronic disease management and also has her TEACH training in smoking cessation. 
Please note: Slides and recordings will be available on this page within a few business days of this webinar for your review.