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PHO Grand Rounds: The Incidental Impacts of Initial COVID-19 Public Health Measures on Ontario Families

On March 11, 2020, WHO declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a pandemic, causing society to face unprecedented, globally-implemented and restrictive public health measures. The closure of societal institutions such as daycares, schools and churches limited knowledge about how children and families fared during the initial phases of these public health measures. With the arrival of a second wave, it is important to understand how families were affected by these initial measures and discuss ways to support them moving forward. This presentation focuses on data from a provincial-wide survey that was launched by the Offord Centre for Child Studies from May to June 2020, focused on caregiver and family functioning during the initial months of the pandemic. Overall findings and next steps will be discussed.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize a recent survey’s findings on the impact of the initial COVID-19 lockdown on families in Ontario
  • Describe how to plan for potential future lockdowns and potential support for families
  • Identify useful resources to support families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues

Presenter(s): Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea Gonzalez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is also a core member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Family Health and Preventive Interventions. Dr. Gonzalez’ research program focuses on the developmental consequences of early life adversity; the impact of traumatic experience on brain development, behavioural outcomes and health; the intergenerational transmission of risk; and developing and evaluating evidence-based preventive interventions.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Published 13 Oct 2020