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Research to Policy Dialogues – Getting to ‘n of 1’ – Precision Health for Disease Prevention

Thursday, July 14, 2016 900 Bay St, MacDonald Block, Severn Room 12:00pm-1:30pm

The Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care holds monthly events called Research to Policy Dialogues to translate new research or innovation into policy and practice. Our next event on July 14th is particularly relevant to health service providers including family health teams.

It’s common practice today for companies to offer one-size-fits-all employee wellness programs that include free group workout classes, activity trackers, standing desks, healthier food options, etc. These programs are great for the employees who simply need motivation to stay on track and already live a fairly healthy lifestyle – but what about the 50% percent of employees that are at high risk of developing a chronic disease? By the year 2030, the American Heart Association estimates that costs in the U.S. for cardiovascular disease will triple – approaching $800 billion annually. Similarly, by 2025, half of all Americans will have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes increasing costs to $500 billion annually (Canada is not far behind). As both heart disease and type 2 diabetes are almost entirely preventable, the question isn’t whether or not disease prevention programs are a necessity, but rather how can these programs maximize participant engagement, clinical outcomes and reduce health care costs.

Jeff Ruby, CEO of Newtopia will present on the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and showcase a new customizable and technology-based tool for chronic disease prevention.

The event will be held on Thursday, July 14th from Noon to 1:30 p.m at 900 Bay St, MacDonald Block, Severn Room. To register please email researchunit@ontario.ca by Monday July 11th.

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