Primary Care Interventions in Poverty

If You Want to Help Me, Prescribe Me Money

In this TEDx talk, Toronto family physician Dr. Gary Bloch, draws on his practice experience to suggest how family doctors can "prescribe income" and other ideas to help make poverty treatable. 
Note: This talk was organized by TEDxStouffville.

Quick tip: Screen everyone

"Do you ever have trouble making ends meet at the end of the month?"

Poverty is not always apparent...we can’t make assumptions.

See Poverty: A Clinical Tool 2013 (with references)

Poverty Intervention Resources

Continuing Medical Education 

Treating Poverty: A Workshop for Family Physicians is offered by the OCFP in collaboration with the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, Inner City Health Associates and Health Providers Against Poverty.

Poverty represents a significant and reversible risk factor for poor health. This half-day workshop is offered to family physicians practicing in Ontario, with the goal of learning a simple three-step approach to intervening in patients’ poverty through the development of relevant clinical skills, and a deeper understanding of the federal and provincial income security systems and related resources.

This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and it has been approved for 3.5 Mainpro-C credits.

To request a workshop or find out about already scheduled programs, please contact the OCFP's CME department by email at or visit our CME Calendar to see if a workshop is open for registration.

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About the OCFP's Poverty and Health Committee

Find out about the work of this OCFP committee here.