Theme 5. Why hasn’t this expanded: scalable pilot programs
In this engaging and interactive workshop participates will follow a case study of an individual from 25 years to retirement and explore the various income supports necessary to support this person’s health, increase medical care engagement, and increase medication adherence. From mental health crisis through to retirement, participants will learn when to apply for various social programs, how to apply to them, as well as why money matters to support both mental and physical health. This presentation will also discuss the Income Security Health Promotion program at St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team. An innovative program with big impacts on the social determinants of health. This program is well researched and shows big impacts in three key outcome areas: increasing income, reducing expenses, and improving financial literacy. This interactive session will allow for question and answer periods and an engaging style as we investigate which social benefit program to apply to next. Presented at various medical venues this workshop has received high praise for its interaction, engaging style, and the expertise of the presenters. Engage with two income experts as we answer the question “why does money matter anyways”.