Understanding for action

In line with its scientific mission on care in partnership with the community, the Chair offers information resources on COVID-19 to equip caregivers in our community (health professionals, family caregivers, community workers, patients and citizens).

Our objectives are:
1. To help community caregivers identify reliable sources of information on COVID-19 to inform their own actions;
2. Foster the emergence of community-based solutions to address COVID-19 with citizens, professionals, caregivers and patients;
3. Learn, in real time, about effective community and citizen initiatives and disseminate this knowledge.

Article COVID-19 — A pivotal moment in community care (British Medical Journal)

We are sharing the article COVID-19 — A pivotal moment in community care published by our team in the British Medical Journal.

We observe that the current crisis generates one of the most rapid and profound healthcare transformations of our entire careers. The pandemic is changing ourselves, our teams and our relationships to patients and communities.

Thanks to our fantastic team of authors (Manuel Penafiel, Ghislaine Rouly, Mathieu Isabel, Marie-Pierre Codsi, Valérie Lahaie and Brian White-Guay) for enriching our perspectives on our community ecosystem, in all its living complexity.

We all play for the same team.

Webinar Care during and beyond the COVID-19 Crisis: Supporting Resilient Communities in Times of Public Health Crisis

Recording available here

International webinar on community partnership, including integrated care approaches implemented and considerations made around the world to address the ongoing care and support needs of people beyond immediate public health and crisis management.

Panelists: Jason Cheah (National Healthcare Group, Singapore), Ghislaine Rouly (Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership), Antoine Boivin (Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership)Ricardo Fábrega (Pan American Health Organization), David Perkins (University of Newcastle, Australia), Vince Barry (Pegasus Health, New Zealand).

Chair : Nick Goodwin, Director, Central Coast Research Institute and Chair, International Foundation for Integrated Care Australia

Webinar series “Building integrated care as the cornerstone of our new reality”, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).

COVID Webinar

Recording available here (in French)

Objectives: To synthesize evidence-based information on COVID-19 to inform care.
1. Where can you find relevant information without drowning?
2. How do we interpret the data to guide action?
3. How can individual and group care be adapted?

Target audience: Caregivers working in the community (front-line professionals, community workers, family caregivers, patients and citizens involved in care relationships in their community).

1. Antoine Boivin, MD PhD. Family Physician (GMF Notre-Dame) and Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership.
2. Geneviève Dequoy, MD. Member of the COVID Coordinating Committee, GMF Notre-Dame
3. Ghislaine Rouly. Co-Leader of the Caring Community project with the Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership.

Click here for the webinar slides (in French).

Living Through Covid-19: Discussion Between a Patient and a Doctor

Podcast available here



• Dr. Antoine Boivin, MD PhD. Family Physician (GMF Notre-Dame) and Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership.

• Amanda Bok, person living with COVID-19 and Chief Executive Officer, European Haemophilia Consortium.


• Mathieu Jackson, Partnership school Coordinator, Centre of excellence on partnership with patients and the public.


An exchange in French is also available: Vivre avec le Covid-19 : discussion entre une patiente et un médecin

Community Initiatives: How are citizens, patients and communities mobilizing to be part of the solution?


Community initiatives in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A compilation by the Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and the Public


A guide to support community engagement during a public health emergency

The guide Community engagement for public health events caused by communicable disease threats in the EU/EEA was developed based on a literature review, case studies and an expert consultation on community engagement in public health emergencies. It sets out 14 guidance points, organised in stages (anticipation, response and recovery), to support public health authorities’ capacity to engage with communities during public health events caused by communicable diseases.

Other resources that you may find useful

• Prevention: Government of Quebec

• COVID questions and symptoms: 1 (877) 644-4545

• Social distress: Info-social 811

• Understanding: CBC

• Deciphering false rumors (in French): Agence Science-Presse

• Scientific answers to questions from the public (in French): Centre Déclic


In addition, the Online Health Information Aid website provides tips and resources on searching, evaluating, and using online health information.

Finally, we invite you to visit our Caring Community project page.

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