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Social prescribing: Exploring community-led approaches to improve health systems

Date & Time
March 15, 2024 9:30 am-10:30 am CST
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Session Description

Social prescribing is a model that enables health care providers and social service professionals to connect individuals with non-clinical supports and community resources that address individual and community needs based on the social determinants of health. Social prescribing is an emerging practice across over 20 countries around the world and has more recently gained grassroots momentum across Canada.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Learn a comprehensive definition of social prescribing through a national and global lens
  • Understand the impacts of social prescribing on the physical and mental health and health systems
  • Gain a shared understanding of the impacts of social prescribing on the health systems and the benefits to our mental and physical health. can look like in practice with an emphasis on quality improvement 

Watch Recording


Yordanos Woldemariam is a Senior Project Manager at the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing (CISP) at the Canadian Red Cross. CISP is an intersectoral hub dedicated to bringing people, practices and research together towards integrated health and social care with a focus on equity, community leadership and collaboration. Yordanos is an accomplished public health and social service professional with expertise in community health, health equity, mental health and chronic health conditions with a specialization in design thinking and design research methodologies. She has experience managing complex health systems projects and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to improve population health outcomes. She also brings over 12 years of experience working front line in the health and social service sectors in Ontario.

Session Material

Social Prescribing Slides