Respiratory Health Forum

Respiratory Health Forum (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Join us for the Lung Health Foundation’s Respiratory Health Forum. This year’s event is … online of course (shocking, not shocking). Together with other primary-care professionals, learn innovative approaches to lung health and the latest respiratory guidelines from leading medical experts. Did we mention it’s free? Because it is!

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 8.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Manage Your Experience Via App

Download the Whova app to add or remove sessions at your convenience. You can also view the forum from your mobile device while you’re on-to-go or on your couch. Desktop viewing also available.


If you’ve got forum questions, Sara Han has forum answers. Reach out any time –


Welcome and Overview of the Day
8:50 – 9:15 a.m.

Morning Plenary
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Family Medicine Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Front Lines
Dr. Allan Grill, MD, CCFP, Chief of Family Medicine, Markham Stouffville Hospital

Morning Sessions

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Fitness for Breath – Evolving and Adapting Exercise Maintenance to our Changing Environment
Jody Hamilton, BSW, MSW, Manager, Patient Engagement and Community Programs, Lung Health Foundation and Lyndsay Aitken, Recreation Therapist, Abilities Centre

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Dysphagia and COPD – How to Prevent Exacerbations

Lynard Higoy, RRT and Michael Burrows, SLP, Alberta Health Services

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.

Vaping – Highlighting an Online Youth Smoking and Vaping Cessation Project

Sharon Curtis, Project Manager, Youth Engagement and Knowledge Translation, Lung Health Foundation and Daniel Eisenkraft Klein, BA, MSc, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Afternoon Plenary
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Electronic Asthma Management System – An EMR-Integrated Point-of-Care Asthma Care Tool for a Virtual World

Dr. Samir Gupta, MD, MSc, RCPSC, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital

Afternoon Sessions
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Spirometry Workshop Dr. Itamar Tamari, MD, CCFP, FCFP

  • Safety Considerations During a Pandemic (30 minutes)
  • A Stepwise Approach to Interpreting Test Results Using Case Studies (90 minutes)

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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Pan-Canadian EMR Standards for Severe Asthma

Dr. Diane Lougheed, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), Kingston Health Sciences Centre

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
COPD Co-Morbidities and How to Use Information to Manage Patients

Lynard Higoy, RRT and Rena Sorensen, RRT, Alberta Health Services