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Mon Mar 14 2022

What’s Next: The COVID Aftermath

With André Picard

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Another year has passed, unlike any other that has challenged the health care systems across Canada. As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, what lessons have we learned to do things better?

As one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators, no one is more equipped to lead this discussion than André Picard. In 2020, he was one of the first to make a public declaration to ‘shut it down’ and implement physical distancing measures. He has covered all angles of the pandemic—from the status of frontline workers, to the implications for older adults and youth, to the impact on our workplaces.

Picard shares his in-depth insights on post-pandemic health reform with impetus that good must come from all of this.

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books, his most recent work, Neglected No More. André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of a prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, and a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Co-hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Development, and the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan campus