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'Dance with the one that brung ya'

01 Feb 2017

What public health/primary care system would be best for the health of Ontario residents?

Fran Scott, director of McMaster’s new Master of Public Health program, will reflect on that question in her Feb. 15 CHEPA seminar entitled ‘Dance with the one that brung ya’ -  Public health and primary care in Patients First.

Scott notes that the public health and health care systems in Ontario have a long history of separate siloes. While local, informal connections have supported linkages - particularly with primary care,  she says formal relationships have been limited in part due to differences in funding, governance and boundaries.

With the passing of Patients First in Dec. 2016, Scott says there is now a stronger mandate for formal relationships between Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Medical Officers of Health in population health planning, which could open opportunities for public health to be a full player in health system leadership and delivery. Her seminar will consider which public health/primary care system would be best for Ontario residents’ health.

Fran Scott is a medical doctor and public health specialist with more than 30 years of experience in local public health practice and academic leadership. She is the director of McMaster’s new Master of Public Health program; an associate professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact; and associate member in the Department of Family Medicine, and associate director, McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments.

Her main interests are in education, environment and equity as well as public health systems.

The seminar will be held on Weds Feb 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119.  All are welcome to attend.
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