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By the time the torch was lit for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Public Health Ontario, and ten local public health units in the Games footprint had been preparing for years.
This presentation will provide a brief history of public health planning for mass gatherings in Ontario, an overview of the partnerships that were built and strengthened for the TO2015 Games, a discussion of the highs and lows of bringing people together across geography, sector and discipline, and ideas for how we can improve our planning for the next big event.
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Presenters: Jessica Harris, Karin Hohenadel and Rich Whate
Jessica Harris is a Senior Consultant at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Emergency Management Branch, and has worked for the ministry for more than 15 years. She has played a leadership role in a number of major emergency preparedness initiatives, including health system preparedness for the G8/G20 Summits in 2010 and the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
Karin Hohenadel is a Senior Program Specialist in Emergency Preparedness at Public Health Ontario with interests in emergency response, disaster epidemiology and health equity. She was the public health coordinator for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
Rich Whate is a Health Policy Specialist with Toronto Public Health (TPH), and was Coordinator of TPH’s planning and operations for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
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