Ending Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Public Health Perspective

Date: June 19, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Dr. David Williams and Paul Born

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Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David C. Williams highlights the growing evidence that loneliness and social isolation have negative impacts on our health and wellbeing. He also recognizes the need to understand how community structures have shifted over time and why some Ontarians may do not have a stronger sense of belonging.

Increasing connectedness and sense of belonging are complex community issues which require organizations, groups, governments, and citizens to work together. No one sector working alone can effectively address complex community issues. In the webinar, Paul Born will sit down with Dr. David Williams to discuss his annual report, Connected Community: Healthier Together and explore how public health can help communities to build more connected communities.


Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health

ARphoto_DrWilliamsDr. Williams is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario and the executive lead of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Division at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Dr. Williams assumed the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health position on July 1, 2015 having been in the position of Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Board of Health from October 2011 to June 30, 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Williams had been at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from 2005 to 2011 as the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Branch Director. During this time he was also the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario from November 2007 to June of 2009. Prior to working at the province Dr. Williams was the Medical Officer of Health and CEO for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit from 1991 to 2005.  


Paul Born-505420-editedPaul Born, Tamarack Institute - Vibrant Communities

Paul grew up as the son of Mennonite refugees. This is what has made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good. Paul is the Co founder and Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and the Founder and Director of Vibrant Communities.

He is the author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers. Paul is a global faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

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