Conference Schedule & Plenaries

Pre-Conference Day: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PDF version: AFHTO 2018 Conference Schedule

Time Program Component
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Members’ Program
Governing Through Healthcare Transformation: Leading Practices in Effective Governance and Collaborative Governance


Day 1: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time Program Component
8:00 AM –
10:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Exhibit halls and poster displays open
8:30 AM –
12:00 noon
Members’ Programs
8:30 am – 9:00 am Annual General Meeting
9:00 am – 9:30 am Option: Q & A with Board
9:00 am – 12:00 noon IHP & QIDSS Sessions
10:00 am -12:00 noon Session for Leadership Triad
12:00 noon –
2:00 PM

Opening Plenary, Bright Lights Awards Ceremony & Lunch Buffet

“From Patient Engagement to Patient Partnership: Why Lived Experience Matters”
– Julie Drury, Chair, Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council

Patient engagement has been used to describe everything from the patient/provider relationship, patients being asked to provide feedback (satisfaction surveys) on their healthcare experience, to patients providing strategic advice and facilitating the opportunity to design healthcare policy that is ‘patient centered’.

Patients and families speaking up and wanting to be involved in discussions and decisions about challenges they face in our healthcare system isn’t new. What we’re seeing in recent years is a clear culture shift of hospitals, healthcare bodies, and government striving to both ‘hear’ and ‘listen’ to patients and partnering with them to better understand how to incorporate this important ‘lived experience’ into healthcare policy, planning, design, and research.

In her presentation, Julie will reflect on her journey as a patient and family advisor. What were the opportunities and challenges, and what has she learned about the evolution of patient engagement, patient centred care, patient partnership and patient leadership. Julie will offer the audience an opportunity to reflect on how they think about patient engagement and inspire the continual evolution of this incredibly important to work in partnership with patients and families

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – AFHTO “Bright Lights” Awards Ceremony open to all attendees at AFHTO 2018 Conference! Join us for a celebration in recognition of the high-quality patient-centred care delivered by interprofessional primary care teams across Ontario.

2:00 PM –
2:25 PM
Poster and Exhibit Break
2:30 PM –
4:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Session A
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Concurrent Session B
4:30 PM –
6:00 PM
Get More From Your EMR Sessions & Expansion of Team-Based Care CoP
5:30 PM Exhibit Hall and Poster Displays Close
6:30 PM –
8:00 PM
Optional Programming – $ ticket entry
6:30pm – 8:00 pm Heroes vs. Villains Halloween Dinner Are you a hero or a villain? Come as your secret identity or alter ego and get a better insight into your peers. Our Heroes vs. Villains Halloween Dinner will offer a fun night full of networking and entertainment


Day 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time Program Component
7:30 AM –
9:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Exhibit halls and poster displays open
8:45 AM –
10:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions
8:45 am – 9:30 am Concurrent Session C
9:45 am – 10:30 am Concurrent Session D
10:30 AM –
11:00 AM
Poster Displays and Exhibit Break
11:00 AM –
12:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions
11:00 am -11:45 am Concurrent Session E
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Concurrent Session F
12:45 PM –
2:30 PM
Lunch Buffet & Closing Plenary

“Transforming Relationships for High Performance – The Power of Relational Coordination”
– Jody Hoffer Gittell, Professor of Management, Brandeis University
Executive Director, Founder, Relational Coordination Research Collaborative

Primary care is an essential element of successful systems of care. Yet when people build systems of care, they often neglect primary care. Regional planners say they have not been able to engage primary care, while primary care providers are disillusioned about being part of the solution when their work appears to be undervalued.

In the closing plenary Dr. Gittell will share evidence regarding the power of relational coordination – coordinating work through relationships of shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect – for addressing these challenges from the systems level to the front line of care.

Relational coordination among key stakeholders has been demonstrated to support healthcare quality, safety, efficiency, learning and innnovation, while enhancing the engagement of both patients and care providers. Moreover, common sense interventions have been shown to strengthen relational coordination. Dr. Gittell will share the research evidence thus far, then introduce participants to two activities they can use with other stakeholders to diagnose and strengthen relational coordination where it is most urgently needed.

1:30 PM Exhibit Hall Closes