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Social Prescribing

Our vision of Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing is a means for health-care providers to connect patients to a range of non clinical services in the community, in order to improve their health and well-being.

As opposed to simply treating symptoms, social prescribing can help to address the underlying causes of patients’ health and well-being challenges. Social prescribing is a more holistic approach to health care, which promotes community-based integrated care and support.

The prescriber identifies that a person/client/patient has non-medical, health-related social needs (e.g., issues with housing, food, employment, income, social support). The person is referred to a community connector. Together they will assess the person’s needs and develop a health plan. The connector helps them find non-clinical supports and services within the community and support the individuals in accessing needed services.

From: A toolkit on how to implement social prescribing. Manila: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, 2022. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

What is Social Prescribing?

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Resources

Social Prescribing In Manitoba

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Social Prescribing in Ontario

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