Mental health and wellness during COVID-19

Originally posted on March 27, 2020. Last updated on May 5, 2021 *NEW* 

We will be posting tools and resources to help providers and patients with mental health and wellness throughout and after this crisis. New and updated resources will be added to the top of each list as they become available.

We ask teams who develop or know of good tools to please consider sharing them for distribution. 

Joint Letter on Vaccination roll-out and Community Providers

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Subject: Vaccination roll-out


Dear Premier Ford and Minister Elliott:


Our members/staff are engaged community health providers who have been fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic since it began. We are aware that vulnerable and home-bound individuals in the community are slated as the next priority group to receive vaccinations. These people are cared for by our providers.

Primary Care Team Lessons and Patient Virtual Experience During COVID-19

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On Friday, Oct. 23, AFHTO along with our partners presented at Trillium Research Day demonstrating the value of primary care teams' response to COVID-19 and patients' experience with virtual care:

  1. Responding to COVID-19: Understanding How Primary Care Teams Stepped up to Help Support Their Communities and Patients- a. Sandeep Gill, Rachelle Ashcroft, Catherine Donnelly, Simon Lam
  2. Learning from Patients’ Experiences with Synchronous Virtual Encounters in Primary Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Methods Study- a.    Rachelle Ashcroft, Simone Dahrouge, Catherine Donnelly, Bridget Ryan, Judith Belle Brown, Lisa Dolovich, Jean Grenier, David Verrilli, JavedAlloo, Jennifer Rayner, Sandeep Gill, Simon Lam, Kavita Mehta
  3. Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 by Generating a Policy-Oriented Action Plan to Strengthen Mental Health Services in Primary Health Care (PHC)- a.    Maya Dancey, Rachelle Ashcroft, Keith Adamson, Toula Kourgiantakis, Anne Kirvan, Lisa Dolovich, Catherine Donnelly, Judy Belle Brown, David Verrilli, Sandeep Gill, Deepy Sur, Kavita Mehta
  4. Oral Presentation - After the Pandemic: Understanding How Primary Care Teams Will Incorporate Learnings from the Pandemic to Support Their Communities and Patients- a.    Sandeep Gill, Catherine Donnelly, Rachelle Ashcroft, Simon Lam, Kavita Mehta

And here's a video of the poster presentation:

The Role of Social Workers in Interprofessional Primary Healthcare Teams: Study

Research paper published in HEALTHCARE POLICY Vol.16 No.1, 2020

Abstract

Background: In Ontario, Canada, social workers are employed in a number of primary healthcare (PHC) settings such as Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Family Health Teams (FHTs). However, many aspects of social work practice within PHC settings are unknown.