In the News: Celebrating Toronto Rehab’s Garden

OpenLab’s Adeline Cohen has been working on projects looking at bringing local food to healthcare (see a related project here) and was instrumental in UHN’s part in Toronto’s first Urban Agriculture Day on September 15th – a celebration of urban-grown food and the people who grow it. As a member of the Toronto Urban Growers Map, Toronto Rehab participated in the festivities, with open houses that centered around the crops grown by patients, staff, and volunteers. Toronto Rehab’s vegetable gardens offer more than just an outdoor space to gather. Located across three sites, the gardens have successfully engaged patients who are rehabilitating from injury or illness in a meaningful life activity, built rapport between staff and patients, and have increased collaboration among staff. See the full story here....

VR research a reality at Runnymede

Runnymede is a rehab hospital that is one of the first partner sites of VRx to pilot the technology to explore the potential benefits of using VR with various types of patient populations. Check out the Runnymede’s newsletter...

Nourish Wasan Retreat | September 2017

For four days from Thursday, September 7th to Sunday, September 10, 19 leaders from across healthcare including OpenLab’s executive director Dr. Howard Abrams, government and food sectors convened together on Wasan Island in order to explore the role of food in healthcare in Canada. The core belief of the group was that food is fundamental to health and healing, but is currently undervalued within the healthcare system. Through systems mapping, the group explored the dynamics of the current healthcare system and prototyped actionable opportunities for a future of food in health care that nourishes patients, communities and the environment. Read more about the retreat...

UHN’s First Wheelchair Accessible Garden

OpenLab Senior Fellow Adeline Cohen has been working to identify multiple ways in which local, fresh and sustainable food can be incorporated into the hospital setting for patients and staff. A wheelchair accessible garden was one of these ideas. Read more about the garden in UHN News:...