Assessing and reducing health disparities in virtual care
March 3rd, 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Allison Crawford, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Associate Chief, Virtual Mental Health and Outreach, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
The COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare providers to rapidly transition to virtual services. While organizations across Ontario worked hard to offer their services virtually, many recognized that the sudden shift created unique and significant equity challenges. Service providers and policy makers are speaking up and looking for strategies to make virtual services more equitable.
In this webinar, Dr. Allison Crawford, the Associate Chief of Virtual Mental Health and Outreach at CAMH, will discuss ways to assess and mitigate health inequities caused by a shift to virtual services. Dr. Crawford will:
- provide an overview of the Digital Health Equity Framework
- describe how the framework aligns with Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)
- share insights from a HEIA completed recently by CAMH’s Virtual Mental Health and Outreach Services.
About the Presenter
Allison Crawford, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and the Associate Chief of Virtual Mental Health and Outreach at CAMH, and Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto. She is the Chief Medical Officer of the Canada Suicide Prevention Service; Medical Director of the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program; and a Founder and Co-Chair of ECHO Ontario (www.echoontario.ca), an award-winning, virtual community of practice. These activities advance access to mental health services, with a focus on equity and access to quality mental health through virtual care.
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