Social Prescribing


Social Prescribing

According to the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, social prescribing is “a global movement of people bringing community capacity and healthcare services closer together by directly addressing the social determinants of health, from loneliness and social isolation to racism and ageism to income and housing and much more” (CISP, 2022).

The Alliance for Healthier Communities has stated the following:

We are evaluating how social prescribing can be used to improve social connectedness. Older adults are especially vulnerable to the detrimental effects of social isolation and are thus a priority for our current project.

To ensure that future social prescribing programs are tailored to the needs and priorities of older adults, the Institute for Social Connection, in collaboration with CISP, is leading a survey and subsequent focus group interviews. It is important to us that the voices of seniors who are often underrepresented, structurally-disadvantaged, or socially-marginalized, be included and highlighted in our project.

If any of this has spoken to you, we kindly ask for your help in promoting the survey on your social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) or e-mail lists. On our own, we could never expect to reach these communities in the same way you can, with relationships you’ve patiently built over time, and so, we would greatly appreciate your help.

If interested, the ads are provided in this folder (take a look for the pertinent photo for your community): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1C4PfnZ4KIZLi67sUsAt_tDy731nQNeeD

And the survey can be found here: https://instituteforsocialconnection.ca/my-health-care-needs

We will continue recruiting participants until the end of October.

Please see below for a sample of what could be done on Facebook:

Are you 55 years of age or older and living in Canada? Do you want to help researchers study how we can improve health and social services for seniors? If so, we need to hear from you!

Complete a 25-minute survey by our friends at the Social Institute for Social Connection. To complete the survey, or to learn more, visit: https://instituteforsocialconnection.ca/my-health-care-needs

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