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Better Now: Building a Movement for Health

Health systems must constantly be pushed to adapt to emerging evidence if they are to improve health and be sustainable over time. But evidence is not enough: values must also form the foundation of the systems we build. Canada’s health care system was built on the value of access to services based on need, rather than the ability to pay; Canadians are proud of that promise, but to deliver on it, health care needs to be continuously improved. As a family physician and hospital administrator, Danielle Martin is working to broaden the debate about how to get to Better in Canada and beyond. For researchers, clinicians and citizens, it may be time to think across national borders about the movement for “Better Now” in health. Building on the messages of her national best-selling book, “Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians”, Danielle Martin will share her insights about the interplay between research, policy, politics and public engagement in our shared quest for health.

Danielle Martin, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP
Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care

Danielle Martin is a family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) where she is also the Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions. Danielle’s policy expertise and passion for equity have made her a leader in the debate over the future of Canada’s health care system, as well as abroad. In 2017, she was asked by the federal Minister of Health to participate in a national review of eight major federally funded Pan-Canadian Health Organizations to make recommendations for their future. That same year, she also voiced her support for Senator Bernie Sanders Medicare For All bill – an act that seeks to introduce a single-payer system of health care in the U.S. A strong advocate for removing barriers to care, in 2013 she co-founded the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care – a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving the health gaps in our system.She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She has received many honours and awards. Her national bestselling book Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians, was released by Penguin Random House Canada in January 2017. As a practicing doctor, a hospital administrator, and a policy expert, Danielle offers a unique perspective on health system change. She appears regularly as a medical contributor on CBC television, is a columnist for Châtelaine Magazine and an in-demand speaker on a variety of health and health care topics nationally. In 2017, she was named on Toronto Life’s Top 50 Influentials list. For more information about her book and her vision for equity and health system change, visit: www.6bigideas.ca.

Engineering Solutions to Injustice in Health and Healthcare

CommunityRx is a population health solution that engaged multisector actors to enable prescribing, at the point of healthcare, community resources for wellness, disease management and caregiving. Using the CommunityRx innovation as a case study, Dr. Stacy Lindau will discuss how and why to engage key stakeholders, including youth, when innovating solutions to recalcitrant health problems, and she will offer an asset-based approach to promoting good health across all communities.


Stacy Lindau, MD
University of Chicago

Stacy Tessler Lindau is a tenured professor at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on engineering solutions to injustice with the patients and communities she serves. She is an expert in the health of women and aging populations and a practicing gynecologist with expertise in sexuality and aging. She is also the founder and chief innovation officer of NowPow, LLC, a social enterprise IT company, and president of MAPSCorps, a community asset mapping organization. Catalyzed by a 2012-2015 Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, these organizations close the information gap about vital community resources while creating meaningful jobs, especially for youth. 

Stacy has been published widely in the highest impact medical journals in the fields of sexuality, aging, and population health.  Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and education at the University of Michigan and her medical degree at Brown University. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Northwestern University, and earned her master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago, and served the program’s National Advisory Committee. Stacy is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Pilgram’s Progress: A Personal Journey in Family Medicine Research

In the past four decades family medicine research has had measurable national and international impact, achieved sustainability, and is poised to continue to transform health care and health care delivery in the next 40 years.  Continued progress in building research capacity will require inspired, persistent effort by current and future generations.  Bernard Ewigman is leading a bi-national initiative seeking to accelerate research capacity building in family departments, scholarship in residency training programs and to further the development of cultures of inquiry in the discipline.   He will share his personal pilgrimage as a family medicine researchers, which parallels the journey that family medicine has taken more broadly in the US and globally.  He will share his personal vision of the future of family medicine as a scholarly discipline, and describe the exciting opportunities and inevitable challenges facing individuals and organizations in pursuit of meaningful, applied and life changing knowledge.

Bernard Ewigman, MD, MSPH, FAAFP
Pritzker School of Medicine
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Bernard Ewigman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Biological Sciences Division, Pritzker School of Medicine at The University of Chicago, Owen L Coon Endowed Chair of Family Medicine and Director of Outcomes Research at the NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has nearly 40 years of experience conducting research, training research fellows, serving leadership roles in research programs, centers & institutes.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Building Research Capacity (BRC) initiative sponsored by the North American Primary Care Group and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He has served as principal investigator (PI), co-PI or lead for awards (grants, contracts, philanthropy) for approximately $60 million in direct costs and published over 80 manuscripts reporting original research, systematic reviews or editorials in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medical Care and the Annals of Family Medicine. He was recognized with the 1995 Pew Primary Care Achievement Award for Most Outstanding Primary Care Researchers in the US.  As an endowed chair he devotes time to the development of programs, mentoring researchers and research leaders, national research capacity development in primary care, and scientific editing along with a small clinical and teaching effort.  He has served as a department chair for 16 years and currently serves as chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago as well as at the NorthShore University HealthSystem.