Connecting Canadians:

How COVID-19 has accelerated a holistic approach to health and well-being

Like past pandemics, COVID-19 has changed everyone’s understanding of health and well-being in ways that will have a lasting impact on our national community.

The interplay between people, communities, and political forces that govern them have forced us to rethink our approach to health care. A new holistic approach to health care, enabled through the digital technologies, could hold the key to connecting Canadians with the information they need, as well as each other.

Our latest COVID-19 report, Connecting Canadians—How COVID-19 has accelerated a holistic approach to health and well-being, focuses on three broad themes that characterize how health care will evolve as the country transitions from the response, to recovery, and into building a prosperous future:

  1. An increasingly holistic approach to health and wellness, with an increased focus on social determinants, or drivers, of health.
  2. Citizens becoming better educated and empowered to manage their own health.
  3. A broader health care ecosystem that includes non-traditional health players.
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