Community services can now replace medical prescriptions — but this will require organizations to share data.

Why real-time, standardized data – and the ability to share it between organizations – is crucial to understanding what is affecting a person’s wellbeing

Why It Matters

Linking a person’s health data with information about their housing circumstances, employment status or fitness levels can help health providers better understand the underlying challenges that impact their health and wellbeing. But it requires community organizations to gather and share data – which many aren’t yet set up to do.

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At the Askennonia Senior Centre in Midland, Ontario – the traditional land and treaty territory of the Anishinabek people, now known as the Chippewa Tri-Council, comprised of the Beausoleil First Nation, Rama First Nation, and the Georgina Island First Nation – one volunteer, Mary Moreau, runs Reach Out and Touch Someone. It’s a program supporting ol

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