AFHTO 2016 Conference on October 17 & 18

October 19, 2016

Leading primary care to strengthen a population-focused health system

“What leaders really do is prepare organizations for change. Leaders, by definition, work in the realm of unknowability and wrestle with complexity.” – Colleen Grady and Marion Howell, Iris Group, at Physicians in the Lead worksho “It is exciting and re-energizing that the focus is back on primary care – and it’s back on things that our members have been doing for years: focusing on population health.” – Kavita Mehta, incoming AFHTO CEO, during opening plenary remarks “We need to be bold enough to truly own the vision of our organizations; we need to ensure that we are equipping clinical leaders well; and we need to allow for comfort with uncertainty, to create safe spaces for experimenting and learning, and do more celebrating of success.” – Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbury, OCFP President, during closing plenary remarks “Our members are already developing initiatives that work. When we spread these initiatives, we’ll be leaders in the province.” – Dr. Rob Annis, AFHTO Vice President, at Governance for Quality workshop

Over 850 people took part in the AFHTO 2016 Conference, Leading primary care to strengthen a population-focused health system.

Effective leadership requires a willingness to move forward in the context of uncertainty; and it is in the context of change and uncertainty that leaders shine brightest. Throughout the conference, we explored the question of what it will mean to lead the transformation to population-focused primary care, and we considered the role of a leader as one in helping others navigate change. To lead effectively, we must continue to measure the effectiveness of our work, using what we learn to drive our improvement efforts, and we must connect with colleagues within and beyond AFHTO to ensure the spread of successful innovations. And we must not forget that leadership is a collective responsibility we all share. In examining the nature of population-focused health, we were reminded of our shared vision for all Ontarians to have access to coordinated, comprehensive primary care rooted in life-long relationships. An equitable system is one in which access is not measured in the number of people who can get to a doctor but in the degree to which everyone’s needs can be met.

The value of the AFHTO 2016 Conference continues.

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The AFHTO 2016 Conference is accredited by the Canadian College of Health Leaders for up to 7.5 Category II credits and by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario office for up to 16.25 Group Learning credits. Download the application for your certificate of attendance here.

Looking ahead

AFHTO’s annual conference is the best learning and networking opportunity for people who work in and with primary care teams. Please help us to continue, and to continuously improve:

Congratulations to the AFHTO 2016-17 Board of Directors

Our 2016 conference marks the beginning of the term for our new Board of Directors. Special congratulations to our incoming president and chair, Marg Alfieri from the Centre for Family Medicine FHT.

Thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, and exhibitors

Thank you once again to the volunteers who contributed to the success of the AFHTO 2016 Conference – speakers, working group members, program hosts, IHP community of practice leads, and registration desk volunteers. Thank you as well to our sponsors and exhibitors. It’s truly an honour and pleasure to work with so many highly talented, enthusiastic and committed people across the AFHTO community.

We look forward to seeing you next year – October 25 & 26, 2017!

Future AFHTO Conferences:

For the forward planners, AFHTO’s conference dates for future years are listed below. Click on the dates to add these to your calendar: