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Physicians' Update LIVE! February 19th Broadcast for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners?

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021

As Ottawa moves back to the Orange-Restrict zone of the province's COVID-19 response framework, the 8th edition of Physicians’ Update LIVE!  brings updates to phase one of the vaccine rollout.

Join Dr. Trevor Arnason, Associate Medical Officer of Health with OPH, as he reviews the local epi data and shares information on partnering with primary care for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

He will also briefly review updated guidance for prioritizing...

OPH’s Healthy Growth and Development Program: Update on Services to Parents in 2021

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021

Home visits

OPH’s Healthy Growth and Development (HGD) long term home visiting program is still accepting referrals and visiting families from prenatal to entry to school. Priority is given to:

  • Families experiencing mental health challenges
  • Families with CAS involvement
  • Families experiencing complex challenges, and
  • Newcomers 

Support options include: in-person visits, videoconferencing, and telephone support.

Referrals can be made by completing the web referral or...

Access MHA: New Single Point of Entry for Mental Health and Addictions Support

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021

With one referral, AccessMHA, a new, single point of entry into eastern Ontario’s system of care for mental health and addictions, you can help to connect your patients with one or more services that will match their needs.

Launched in February 2021, this initiative is a result of consultation and collaboration with many partners, including Ottawa Public Health, The Royal Ottawa, primary care providers, hospitals, community service providers, and people with lived expertise.


COVID-19 Community of Practice: Accredited Self Learning Program on Vaccines

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021

The COVID-19 Community of Practice connects family physicians approximately once a month to share perspectives on COVID-19 related topics. Accredited on-hour webinars are interactive and questions from participants are answered in real-time where possible.

As of January 2021, The COVID-19 CoP session materials, including recordings, tools, and resources are available as self-learning modules


Joint initiative from the University of Toronto’s Department of Family...

COVID-19 Vaccine: Counselling, Recommendations for Special Populations and Adverse Event Management Resources

Posted Friday, February 19, 2021

Ottawa residents are being offered COVID-19 vaccines according to Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan. Your patients may ask you whether they should receive the COVID-19 vaccines when it’s offered to them if they are pregnant, have autoimmune conditions, or are immunocompromised. Resources for patient counselling for the COVID-19 vaccines are available from the Centre of Effective Practice.

Additionally, The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has developed a new...

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