march, 2016

1mar12:00 pm- 1:30 pmWaiting for Pharmacare: navigating access to prescription medication


Event Details

Date; March 1, 2016

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

As we wait for universal access to prescription drugs, large numbers of people cannot access medication. In this session, speakers offer guidance around navigating the patchwork of programs and options available in Ontario to help access prescription medications. We will also explore what health care providers, frontline workers and individuals can do to promote policy change. We will leave time for discussion so people can share their experiences with accessing prescription medication.

Hosted by: The Centre Talks committee of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team.

Registration: Email with RSVP March 1st in subject heading.


Karen Tomlinson is an Income Security Health Promoter with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team. Karen has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. She studied the physical environment as a social determinant of health and the ways in which health promotion programs and services can address this. Karen helps patients navigate various public programs to access medication.

Jon Hunchuck is a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team (SMHAFHT) and Clinical Lecturer at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (2004) and Doctor of Pharmacy (2010) degrees from the University of Toronto as well as a having completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Michael’s Hospital (2005). His practice experience has included each of community, institutional, and ambulatory care. Currently, he provides primary care pharmacy services at the Sumac Creek Health Centre site of the SMHAFHT. He is also a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Dr. Nav Persaud is a scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, and a staff physician at the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Persaud’s research focuses on enhancing the ability of primary care to address health inequities through the development and application of high quality evidence. He is currently leading a practice-based randomized controlled trials to explore the impacts of offering primary care patients free and convenient access to essential medications. Dr. Persaud’s trials are developed with ongoing input from community members and patients.

The new federal government’s mandate started on November 4th, 2015. The ‘Centre Talks’ committee from the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital is exploring issues related to health and wellbeing relevant to consider at the beginning of the new federal government’s mandate. To sign up to hear about future ‘Centre Talks’ events, please email



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