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Health Summit 2014: Aging, Chronic Disease, and WellnessOct 23–24, 2014 Toronto

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks from the Summit Chair, and Overview of the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC)

John Brewer will introduce some of event's themes, and share his perspective on the challenges ahead and changes needed to achieve health care sustainability in Canada.

Glen Hodgson will then outline the activities and mandate of the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC), and provide an overview of the event's three areas of exploration:

  • aging
  • chronic disease
  • wellness and healthy active living

Brewer <br />  
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada
Hodgson <br />  
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
8:30 AM Plenary Session 1
From Policy to Patients, and Economics to Experience—Rising to the Demographic Challenge

This session will consist of two parts. Louis Thériault will share the Conference Board's research agenda on senior care. Louis will also provide an overview of the soon to be published report, A Base Case Forecast of Demand and Supply of Care for Canada's Aging Population.

In the following interactive session, delegates will have the opportunity to think about and discuss changes to the health care system to make it more responsive to the needs of older and chronically ill patients. This session will include ideas suggested by a patient panel, these will be compared with ideas suggested by Summit participants.


Thériault <br />  
Executive Director, Economic Initiatives
The Conference Board of Canada
Glouberman <br />  
President
Patients Canada
9:45 AM Tri Fit Energizer and Networking Break
10:15 AM Plenary Session 2
Power Panel: The Future of Canada's Healthcare System—Sustainability and Radical Change

Canada's health care system seems to be perpetually at a crossroads. Report after report in recent years and even decades has identified changes, and recommended a radical shift away from acute care toward prevention and chronic disease management.

Such change requires a major rethink and transformation while, at the same time, ensuring the current system continues to deliver world-class care. How do we make the necessary changes, while still investing and sustaining the best of the Canadian health care system?

Two short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion. The first presentation will be based on a report released recently by the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, Building better health care: Policy opportunities for Ontario. The second presentation will look at the provisions being made for an aging workforce.

The panelists will then discuss the potential implications on a change agenda for health, with each bringing their unique perspective to the issue.


Menec <br />  
Speakers:
Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging and Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine
University of Manitoba
Steeve <br />  
Executive Director
Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity
Belcastro <br />  
Panellists:
Professor and Chair, School of Kinesiology and Health Science
York University
Kirk <br />  
Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research
Dalhousie University
11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
(please choose one)
11:30 AM Concurrent Session A1
Chronic Disease: Myths, Misconceptions and Mass—Understanding the Wicked Problem that is Obesity in Canada

As obesity has increased in recent years, especially among the young, so has anxiety over the potential health effects. While the public might be concerned about increasing rates of obesity, misinformation abounds around the causes and solutions. Some see obesity as a disease while others continue to stigmatize the overweight—blaming and shaming them for a lack of willpower.

To call the problem complex is an understatement. Yet many of the public and even health system players still persist on seeing it as a straightforward issue of calories in, calories out. In this session leading Canadian obesity researcher Sara Kirk will share some of the latest thinking about obesity, explain why some apparently obvious fixes are doomed to failure and explore the need for a radical rethinking of our approach to this health crisis.


Kirk <br />  
Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research
Dalhousie University
11:30 AM Concurrent Session A2
Wellness and Healthy Active Living: Is Sitting is the New Smoking?

As evidence of the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle piles up, the idea that "sitting is the new smoking" has quickly achieved mainstream acceptance. Many experts now argue that episodic activity is less effective as a health intervention than integrating movement—particularly walking—into your everyday activities. Given how many of us sit at desks all day, participating in enough activity poses a major challenge.

This session will feature two presentations that together present evidence for integrating activity into one's workday, and proven strategies to achieve this goal.


Kennedy <br />  
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
StepsCount Inc.
Sitt <br />  
Health and Wellness Consultant
Think MOVE
12:30 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
Sustainability and Transformation—Inside and Outside the System

Drawing on his experience as a hospital Chief of Staff, medical director of an inner city health project for the homeless, and medical officer for Correctional Services, Jeffrey Turnbull is in a unique position to talk about health and health care reform. In his luncheon address, Jeffrey will describe the need for a radical transformation of both the health care system and society to improve the health of Canadians.

On a daily basis, Jeffrey Turnbull sees what's wrong with the current health system, as Ottawa Hospital—originally designed to deal with acute conditions—struggles to provide appropriate care to more and more patients with chronic conditions who have nowhere else to go.

In his other roles, Jeffrey sees first-hand the devastating impact of poverty on health, and the urgent need to address this if we're to be serious about implementing any kind of wellness initiatives for Canadians. While he supports programs to encourage healthy eating and greater activity, Jeffrey argues that tackling poverty and income inequality must become our top wellness priority.


Turnbull <br />  
Chief of Staff
The Ottawa Hospital
1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
(please choose one)
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B1
Aging: Understanding the Patient Experience in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

This session will showcase two different approaches to better understand the patient, family, and caregiver experience for two of the most devastating diseases commonly associated with age.

Patrick Glinski will tell how, as an anthropologist, he has travelled across North America meeting with and interviewing Parkinson's patients to gain a greater understanding of them and their disease.

Jared Worthington participates in a program at Northwestern University that pairs medical students with Alzheimer's patients. This buddy program has students spend significant informal time with patients and their families, to gain a better understanding of the disease. It also provides company and a sense of purpose for the patient.

Jared's buddy is a doctor who speaks positively about how he's able to contribute to greater knowledge about his condition to help other sufferers. Jared will share this story and what he's learned in the program.


Worthington <br />  
Medical Student
Northwestern University
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B2
Letting Go of Our Belief in Our Own Immortality—Stories from Palliative Care

At our recent Western Health Summit speakers were each asked to identify the one thing we need to give up or stop doing to improve the health of Canadians. Borrowing from His Holiness the Dalai Lama one suggested we stop believing we will never die. While in one sense this is a deep philosophical challenge it is also a call for greater investment and resources for palliative care in Canada. But perhaps that greater investment requires that we first make that philosophical leap.

So for this session we have brought together two experts in palliative care, one from Canada's largest palliative care hospital the other representing a national program that designs palliative care training, education and resources to better support care in all settings. This session won't be a discussion of policy-it will be an opportunity through storytelling to hear about the realities of palliative care from those who deliver essential end of life care to Canadians.


Downer <br />  
National Director
Pallium Canada
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B3
Wellness and Healthy Active Living: Panel on Urban Design and Healthy Neighbourhoods

City and neighbourhood design has a huge impact on the health of those who live there. The panel will explore current thinking and activity in healthy urban and neighbourhood design from three perspectives.

Kate Hall will illustrate how walk-friendly communities encourage walking and can lead to improved health, revitalized local economies, increased social connections, and safer and more sustainable cities.

David Mowat will share Mississauga's challenges and opportunities, as it tries to provide a healthier environment for its citizens.

Ryan McGreal will discuss how citizens can organize themselves to create change in their communities, and some of the obstacles to change he has encountered as an activist in the city of Hamilton.


Hall <br />  
Program Manager, WALK Friendly Ontario
Canada Walks, Green Communities Canada
Mowat <br />  
Chief Medical Officer
Peel Public Health
McGreal <br />  
Editor
Raise the Hammer
2:30 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM Plenary Session 3
Designing and Implementing a Wellness Strategy in the Province of Alberta

The Province of Alberta is a leader in wellness, as the only jurisdiction in Canada with a Ministerial Office specifically dedicated to wellness. The Honourable David Rodney has implemented numerous policies and programs focused on increasing the quality of life for Albertans, while decreasing healthcare costs and taxes. Some of the initiatives include:

Alberta's Strategic Approach to Wellness: Health for All, Wellness for Life, a framework for reducing chronic disease rates and improving health and well-being

Creating Tobacco-Free Futures: Alberta's Strategy to Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use, 2012-2022

Three distinct sets of Wellness Awards

Get Outdoors Weekend Act

The Healthy U 5&1 experiment

Creating Connections: Alberta's Mental Health and Addiction Strategy

Associate Minister Rodney will highlight these initiatives and more in this engaging session, including best practices and policies from across Canada that you can adopt and adapt to your situation.


Rodney <br />  
Associate Minister of Wellness
Government of Alberta
3:30 PM Plenary Session 4
Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Progressive Experience in Alzheimer's Care

The Netherlands is a world leader in care for Alzheimer's patients. Hugo Van Waarde is a registered nurse who has worked in Alzheimer's care for over 25 years. In 1989 he became manager of the Anton Pieck-hofje in Haarlem, the first small-scaled living facility in the Netherlands, an alternative to a traditional nursing home.

In the 90s Hugo was a member of two European working groups on small-scale care for the elderly. In Almere, Netherlands, he was project manager of the development of new living and care facilities for the elderly.

Hugo's work emphasizes hominess, recognizability, and individual freedom as key characteristics of care. He will discuss what he has learned over the years, and how Canada might apply some of these lessons to improve its care of Alzheimer's patients.


Harvey <br />  
Moderator:
Chief Public Policy and Program Initiatives Officer
Alzheimer Society of Ontario
van Waarde <br />  
Speaker:
Independent Consultant
4:30 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Brewer <br />  
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada
4:45 PM Day 1 Adjourns

Friday, October 24, 2014

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair

As in previous years, the second day of the Summit will focus on innovation, and how it can be applied to improve the health of Canadians. From robotics to "apps," and from mindfulness to new medications, we'll look at innovations that target aging, chronic disease, and wellness.


Brewer <br />  
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada
8:15 AM Plenary Session 5
Putting Innovation into Action—Presentation, Panel Discussion

It seems as if every day the headlines announce a new healthcare innovation, whether it's a new drug, device, or process. Recently there has been a lot of attention on new, highly targeted prescription drugs, and questions surrounding their cost and the ability of publicly funded health care systems to finance their use.

The presentation and panel will explore the gap between innovation and implementation. Beginning with a presentation by the President of CADTH, whose role is to assess the efficacy of new health innovations, we'll move to a lively discussion among innovators about the obstacles faced and how they have or are planning to overcome them.


O'Rourke <br />  
Speaker:
President and Chief Executive Officer
CADTH
Sharpe <br />  
Panellists:
Managing Director
QoC Health Inc.
9:30 AM Refreshment Break
9:45 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set C
(please choose one)
9:45 AM Concurrent Session C1
Aging: Safety for Seniors in Hospitals and at Home

As hospitals treat increasing numbers of older patients, more attention must be paid to making the processes and facilities safe for seniors. Also, with more and more care taking place at home, safety issues in that environment also become a greater concern.

Ariella Lang and Barbara Liu will discuss the latest initiatives and thinking in making hospitals and private homes safer for seniors requiring care.


Lang <br />  
Nurse Scientist
VON Canada
9:45 AM Concurrent Session C2
Chronic Disease: Is Isolation a Looming Chronic Health Crisis

Isolation and loneliness don't typically come immediately to mind as chronic diseases. Researchers in the U.K. recently concluded that loneliness can be two times as deadly as obesity for older people. They tracked over 2,000 people 50+ for six years, and found the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die as the least lonely.

Other studies have linked loneliness to increased risk of high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, heart attacks, and strokes. The effects are also not limited to the old.

"In the West, we live faster, higher in the air, farther from our workplaces, and more singly than at any time in the past. Social scientists will be struggling to understand the consequences of these transformations for decades to come, but one thing is clear: Loneliness is our baggage, a huge and largely unacknowledged cultural failing." - The Globe and Mail

This may be the defining condition of our age.


Kemeny <br />  
Director, Granting and Community Initiatives
Vancouver Foundation
9:45 AM Concurrent Session C3
Wellness and Healthy Active Living: Social Media and Crowdsourcing for Innovation

A recent report by Active Healthy Kids Canada delivered a very negative assessment of Canada as a country whose children are among the least physically active in the developed world. This was in spite of the fact that Canada has world-class facilities, such as parks and recreation centres. There was a clear disconnect between the capacity to be active and the behaviour.

One response to this crisis of inactivity is the Play Exchange (www.changemakers.com/playexchange). This partnership aims to use crowdsourcing to identify and fund the best ideas to get kids active in Canada. Chad Hartnell will explain the thinking behind the project, what it took to get it going, and some of the great ideas it generated and is now helping to implement.


Hartnell <br />  
A/Senior Director, Partnerships and Strategies Division
Public Health Agency of Canada
10:45 AM Plenary Session 6
Innovation in Home and Community Care

Building on the results of the Conference Board's recent report, Bringing ALC patients Home: Implications for the Home, Community and Residential Care Sector, this session will look at recent and upcoming developments in residential home care.

Louis Thériault will discuss the Conference Board's work, including reports in-progress on Alzheimer's and Innovation. Thomas Wellner and Jennifer Stewart will comment on this, and discuss innovations they see working in the existing system and potentially transforming care in the future.


Thériault <br />  
Executive Director, Economic Initiatives
The Conference Board of Canada
Wellner <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Revera Inc.
11:45 AM Plenary Session 7
Nudging Canadians to Better Health - What Can You Do and What Results Can You Expect

Whether it's increasing hand washing compliance, encouraging people to eat well and exercise, designing a new health facility, or undergoing a major lean transformation, all successful change relies on people changing their behaviour. Organizations usually rely on coercion, communication, or education to achieve the desired outcome, and these strategies often fall short or completely fail to deliver sustained change.

Philip Oreopoulos will outline a relatively new approach that is rapidly gaining ground around the world. Known by the shorthand term "Nudge," it involves tweaking the environment or restructuring the decision process to encourage people to make certain choices. Not without controversy, this approach has been used successfully in the U.K. and the U.S., and will likely be coming soon to a healthcare facility near you.


Oreopoulos <br />  
Professor, Economics
University of Toronto
12:30 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Brewer <br />  
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada
12:45 PM Summit Adjourns

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