Department of Family & Community Medicine

Conference on Quality in Primary Care

Join us this fall for the 2nd Toronto International Conference on Quality in Primary Care on Saturday, November 16, 2019 as we welcome colleagues from around the world for a 1-day conference focused on improving health equity in primary care.

The conference aims to bring together healthcare professionals who share a concern and passion for improving equity in primary care and will provide an opportunity for networking, sharing, and dialogue.

The conference will be held on the pre-conference day of the 2019 North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel situated on the waterfront in Toronto.


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We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in November! #qualityTO2019


Conference Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Graham Watt

Keynote Speaker

Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Sara Willems


Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Laura Gottlieb


San Francisco, USA

Dr. Andrew Pinto


Toronto, Canada




Jody Currie, Phd


Brisbane, Australia

Dr. Jonathan Leitch


Brisbane, Australia

Dr. Evan Adams


Vancouver, Canada


Dr. Thomas Meoño Martin  


Cartago, Costa Rica

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Register for the Conference

Registration is now open via the NAPCRG online registration system.  

Step 1: Set up an account 

Step 2: Register for the conference 

Please note if you already have a NAPCRG account you can go straight to step 2. 

Conference Program

This year’s conference theme is improving health equity. We are excited to bring together speakers from around the world who can share their journey and reflections on what we need to do to advance equity through primary care.

We anticipate that the conference will explore several aspects of health equity, including health disadvantages related to income, race, and social position. We will strive to be solution-oriented and highlight promising primary care approaches for addressing health equity. These include a primary care network to improve service in impoverished areas of Scotland, novel community collaborations in Belgium, integration between primary care and public health in Costa Rica, programs to address Indigenous health disparities in Canada and Australia, and examples of how practices have started to screen for and address social determinants in Canada and the U.S.




Opening & Welcome (Dr. Michael Kidd & Dr. Tara Kiran)



Keynote Address (Dr. Graham Watt)


0940-1005 (25 min)

Plenary 1 (Ms. Jodie Currie, PhD & Dr. Jonathan Leitch)


1005-1030 (25 min)

Plenary 2 (Dr. Sara Willems)





1050-1115 (25 min)

Plenary 3 (Dr. Andrew Pinto)


1115-1145 (30 min)

Moderated Discussion (4 speakers)


1145-1200 (15 min)

Reflection on key themes (table discussion)





1300-1315 (15 min)

Key Themes Feedback


1315-1340 (25 min)

Plenary 4 (Dr. Laura Gottlieb)


1340-1405 (25 min)

Plenary 5 (Dr. Thomas Meono Martin)


1405-1440 (25 min)

Plenary 6 (Dr. Evan Adams)





1500-1530 (30 min)

Moderated Discussion (3 speakers)


1530-1545 (15 min)

Reflection on key themes and local action (table discussion)


1545-1615 (30 min)

Moderated Discussion (all speakers)


1615-1630 (15 min)

Closing Remarks and reflections on key themes


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Graham Watt

Graham Watt graduated in medicine at the University of Aberdeen in 1976 and after hospital jobs in Shetland, Leicester, Aberdeen and Nottingham, worked with Dr Julian Tudor Hart at Glyncorrwg in South Wales for a challenging series of studies on community dietary salt restriction. He completed professional training in general practice and public health; acquired epidemiological experience via the WHO MONICA Project, the Ladywell Family Blood Pressure Study and MIDSPAN Studies; worked for two years as a health services research manager in the Scottish Chief Scientist Office and for four years as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health; before spending 22 years as Norie Miller Professor of General Practice at the University of Glasgow, with interests in curriculum reform, academic GP career development, primary care research and inequalities in health care. From 2009-16 he coordinated General Practitioners at the Deep End, working with general practitioners serving the 100 most deprived communities in Scotland, an initiative which has now spread to Ireland, England and Australia, as encapsulated in his new book The Exceptional Potential of General Practice, with 55 authors from 11 countries, including 31 front line general practitioners.




Dr. Sara Willems

Sara J.T. Willems, MA Health Promotion, PhD Medical Sciences (°1977, Ghent) is affiliated to the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Ghent University, Belgium. In October 2011 she became the first European professor in the field of equity in healthcare. She leads the Equity in Health Care research group, an interdisciplinary research group leading or partnering in numerous national and international research projects on equity in primary care. In 2018 she became the head of the department. Her work examines the relation between health care organisation and equity in access to care, treatment and outcomes of care. Her more recent work focuses on the equity dimension in quality and safety in primary care. Sara Willems is often consulted by international, federal and local organizations and authorities on equity in health care.


Dr. Laura Gottlieb

Laura Gottlieb is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network, a research network that conducts, catalyzes, and disseminates research at the intersection of social and medical care. Her research evaluates programs and policies related to identifying and addressing social risk factors in the context of care delivery.




Dr. Andrew Pinto

Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab at the University of Toronto, a space to co-design and rigorously evaluate interventions that address social determinants at the individual, organizational and community level. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team. Dr. Pinto is building on local lessons and now leading a national effort to support primary care practices to screen for poverty and intervene.




Jody Currie

Jody Currie is a Mununjahli Yugambeh woman with traditional ties to the country between the Logan and Tweed Rivers. In 2015, Jody was appointed as our CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane, one of the largest Aboriginal community health and human services organisations in Queensland. Jody has a lengthy history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, housing, early childhood education and human service delivery and is a strong advocate for improving the service accessibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has experience and focus on health, children youth and vulnerable families and has held a variety of roles in both the community and government sectors.



Dr. Jonathan Leitch

Jonathan Leitch is currently the Senior Medical Officer at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane sitting on the senior management team and responsible for clinical governance and clinical quality improvement. For the last 6 years he has worked as a Primary care physician (General Practitioner) and Senior Medical Officer at an Aboriginal Medical Service in Brisbane and has a passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to empower individuals, families and communities to be enabled to improve their health and well-being. His qualifications include an MBBS (University of Queensland), FRACGP, DRANZCOG and a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (James Cook University). He currently holds an academic title as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.



Dr. Evan Adams

Evan Adams is of Tla’amin First Nation and serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In his role as CMO, Dr. Adams provides invaluable leadership representing the FNHA as he works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians. Dr. Adams leads a team of FNHA physicians—health and wellness partners to BC First Nations—who focus on First Nations health and wellness with a population health approach with the aim of creating a unique health care model that will be the first of its kind in Canada. He contributes to the continued transformation of health care and responds to the wellness directives provided by First Nations communities.



Dr. Thomas Meoño Martín

Thomas Meoño Martín M.D. from Cartago, Costa Rica; is the CEO of the Iberoamerican Confederation of Family Medicine (WONCA-Iberoamericana-CIMF) that gathers 20 countries in Latin America and the Iberic Peninsul; as a Family and Community Doctor has work in the primary care setting for several years in themes such as NCD´s ans Cancer; was the CCSS advisor for Breast Cancer for a period of 4 years. He has a postgraduate diplomas in Diabetes, and Innovation Health Project Management from de I.N.C.A.E. Now working in the primary care setting, he developed an integrated aliance between community, CCSS, local goverment and private sector, achieving a strategy that permits a 12 week education program for people with no controled tipe 2 Diabetes. He´s a professor of the Public Health School al the “Universidad de Costa Rica” in the Heath Promotion Career. Also well recogniced speaker national and internationaly in subjects such Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Family and Community Advocacy and Leadership.




Conference Pricing

$250 (USD) for physicians

$200 (USD) for non-physicians

$150 (USD) for residents/students


Application to apply for scholarship opportunities to support travel expenses for participants from low and middle income countries is avaliable (please see the Scholarship drop down for more information).


Scholarship opportunities to support travel expenses for participants from low and middle income countries is avaliable.

To apply for a scholarship please answer the following questions and email your answers to by September 30, 2019.

The scholarship application questions are:

  1. What is your current role in primary care? (Clinical, research, quality improvement, administration/policy, patient/family, a mix of roles, other)
  2. How would you/your organization benefit from participating in this conference? (Sub-question: Is there organizational support for testing improvement ideas that may be generated during the conference?)
  3. Statement of need


The Toronto International Conference on Quality in Primary Care has reserved a block of rooms in the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel where the conference is being held.

Conference Rate:
$259.00 CAD (Traditional Single/Double)
$299.00 CAD (Lakeview Deluxe)

Reservation Cutoff: 
October 14, 2019 (5:00 pm eastern)

Book now! 

If conference attendance exceeds expectations, rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to this date. Therefore, make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure your preferred accommodations.

Reservations should be made directly with the hotel by October 14 either online or by phone at 1-888-627-8559.  When calling guests should state that they are with NAPCRG 2019 in order to receive the group rate.

Conference Planning Committee

Planning Committee Membership:

Quality & Innovation Program - Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)

Dr. Tara Kiran – Vice-Chair Quality

Ms. Trish O’Brien – Program Manager

Ms. Marisa Schwartz – DFCM, Administrative Lead

Dr. Joanne Laine-Gossin – DFCM – North York General Hospital

Dr. Tia Pham – DFCM, Michael Garron Hospital

Dr. Sakina Walji – DFCM – Sinai Health Systems


Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)

Ms. Allison Mullins – Communications


North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)

Dr. Zsolt Nagykaldi – NAPCRG/University of Oklahoma

Ms. Jill Haught – NAPCRG


Health Quality Ontario (HQO)

Dr. David Kaplan - Chief Clinical Quality


College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

Dr. Jose Pereira – Director of Research

Toronto Tourism

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Contact Us

Please contact for all conference inquiries. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto on November 16, 2019!