Concurrent Sessions

A1-a Public Health and Community Primary Care Working Together to Address Population Health

Theme 1. Planning programs and fostering partnerships for healthier communities

Presentation Details

  • Date: 10/17/2016
  • Concurrent Session A
  • Time: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
  • Room: Pier 4
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Administrative staff, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  1. How to get started—identify your geographical area of interest for impact and what partners exist within that area who have an interested in Community Development. Open a discussion with your local public health unit and partners.
  2. Coming together—steps to help get to know one another, what you do, what you’d like to do, understanding mandates and creating a service inventory to identify work that has commonality. Establish responsibilities, terms of reference (if needed), initiatives and defining objectives.
  3. Sustainability—how to keep the collaboration alive and growing.


Observations include:  There is a high degree of interest in fostering partnerships, supporting collective impact, reducing overlap with respect to the work of partners. Partnering on common programs such as healthy eating and physical activity allows for shared messaging, shared promotion, increased reached, and the ability to track impact across the region and individually. In addition, this strategy reduces confusion for the public and allows for a single evidence based message. Public Health resourcing (infrastructure and staffing) can be optimized to support the identification of population based priorities, to assist in the development of evidence based programs and support the delivery of common priority programs and services at the primary care level and to access funding to sustain collaborative efforts. Although it is too early to measure the collective impact of the individual initiatives identified the value of working collectively will at minimum achieve improved public health stewardship and create an environment for shared learning and support.


  • Nicole Dupuis, Director, Health Promotion Division, Windsor Essex County Health Unit
  • Mark Ferrari, Executive Director, Windsor Family Health Team

Authors & Contributors

  • Margo Reilly, Executive Director, Harrow FHT
  • Pauline Gemmell, Executive Director, Essex NPLC
  • Lisa Ekblad, Lead NP, VON NPLC Lakeshore
  • Jennie Boyd, Manager, City Centre CHC
  • Hardeep Sadra, Director, Windsor Essex CHC