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Partnership Fall Series - September 15, 2020 Program

Event Recording

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. ET


A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives

By the time he found himself standing on the edge of a bridge late one night, a teenager ready to die, Mark Henick had lost all hope. A culmination of encounters over time – with doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, parents, and peers – had left him feeling trapped, broken, and helpless. If it wasn’t for an anonymous stranger who reached out and saved his life, Mark never would have left that bridge alive. But he did, and he has dedicated his life ever since to opening minds and creating change. Mark shares the stories of what brought him to the edge, what would have helped, and what didn’t. He retells the moment that changed his life forever, as well as the quest that followed to find the stranger who saved him – and to find himself.  Inspired by his viral Top 50 TEDx talk Why We Choose Suicide, and updated with what happened next – his journey that captured global media attention to find “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life – Mark explores the power of connection, even in brief moments, to change our paths forever. This raw, emotional, and at turns unexpectedly funny story of survival and grit culminates in an inspirational message that motivates audiences to get off the sidelines and to be the stranger who reaches out, even if only for a moment

Series Host: Mark Henick
Mental Health Advocate and Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

1:20 - 1:55 p.m. ET

Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians: Current State of Public Health Data and Future Plans

As the COVID-19 virus was emerging in other countries, Canada’s Public Health Agency (PHAC) was pro-actively engaging with provinces/territories, other federal and national organizations, as well as hospitals, to establish surveillance and monitoring protocols in Canada. Within weeks, PHAC established a COVID-19 surveillance program that aims to understand, describe and monitor the transmission, distribution, and impact of COVID-19 in Canada based on a minimal data set decided upon with FPT partners. This presentation will describe the program, summarize the current state of public health and health system data related to the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada, including existing gaps and outline plans to address data gaps in the short- and medium-term, including the priority need of understanding the differential impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic among various sub-populations.

Rhonda Kropp
Associate Vice President, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch
Public Health Agency of Canada

1:55 - 2:00 p.m. ET Session Transition
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. ET

Responding to COVID-19 in Canada

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial and territorial governments convened to quickly identify their health care priorities and to identify the tools they would need to respond quickly to the growing pandemic.  Working together and with Infoway and Health Canada, a number of investments were made and tools put in place to enable the identification and management of the virus.  Among the rapid changes, virtual care quickly emerged as an effective and prevalent care delivery mechanism, keeping Canadians and their clinicians safe.   This presentation will explore the rapid response to COVID-19 in Canada, the unprecedented level of collaboration among jurisdictional stakeholders, the things that went well and further opportunities to ensure that Canada’s health system remains responsive and effective.

Michael Green
President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway

2:15 - 2:20 p.m. ET Session Transition
2:20 - 2:55 p.m. ET

Catalyzing the Future of Health, Medicine, Where Can Technology Take Us

The convergence of rapidly accelerating technologies, from Internet of Things, AI, Big Data, to VR, digital health and personal genomics is rapidly reshaping what is possible in proactive, personalized more connected and continuous care. This talk will explore examples of the cutting edge and near future, and implications to reimagine a dramatically improved future of prevention, diagnostics, and therapy in mental health and beyond.

Daniel Kraft, MD
Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University | Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine

2:55 - 3:00 p.m. ET

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