REGISTER today for the Kids in Crisis Town Hall – September 17, 2020, at 7PM
The Children’s Health Coalition, a growing collective of Ontario’s children’s health and social care organizations including our provincial association, Empowered Kids Ontario, are sounding the alarm on the crisis facing children’s health care. We are warning the Ontario government that a generation of lives is at stake if we don’t act now.
Even before the pandemic began, 80,000 children were waiting for child development and rehabilitation services and another 28,000 children in Ontario were on waiting lists for mental health services; since the pandemic began over 30,000 pediatric procedures and appointments at children’s hospitals have been cancelled. The challenges brought on by COVID-19 are clearly compounding what the already difficult and frustrating delays for families across the province.
We are calling on the Ontario government immediately make substantive investments in children’s health and social care to alleviate the suffering of more than 160,000 children and families who are desperately waiting for mental health treatment, hospital surgeries and procedures, child development and rehabilitation services, and pediatric home care services.
On behalf of the Children’s Health Coalition, we’d like to invite you to attend the Kids In Crisis Town Hall on September 17, 2020, at 7 p.m. ET. The telephone town hall will provide a forum for pediatric physicians, front line providers and families to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our already strained children’s health and social care.
We hope you can register and join us for this important conversation.