June 8, 2016
The “Kevin J. Leonard Award” is presented annually by the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), in collaboration with UHN’s Centre for Global eHealth Innovation to pay tribute to Kevin’s tireless advocacy on behalf of patients. Sandra Dalziel, widow of Kevin Leonard, presented the third “Kevin J. Leonard Award” to MHSc, Health Administration candidate, Craig Thompson, during IHPME’s annual Research Day on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The Award recognizes students whose work engages and empowers patients through the use of technology to become partners in their own health.
Sandra Dalziel and Centre Lead Dr. Joseph Cafazzo join Craig Thompson, 2016 recipient of the “Kevin J. Leonard Award”
in the Centre’s Leonard Library on June 1, 2016.
In 2011, Craig had the chance to meet and hear Kevin talk, and Craig was inspired by Kevin’s work and his passion to promote ‘patients as partners in their healthcare’. Craig is pursuing his degree to increase his understanding of the healthcare system’s complexities. To his studies, Craig brings lived experience as a caregiver to family members and close friends as well as volunteer experience in leadership positions focused on the patient and family caregiver, including Cancer Care Ontario and Progress Place which supports patients and families living with serious mental illness as they move along the road to recovery.
As Director, Digital Communications at Women’s College Hospital, Craig leads multidisciplinary teams working on technology initiatives designed to advance patient engagement and empowerment in their own care, including the patient’s ability to access their health information, a guiding principle of Kevin’s patient advocacy work. Also called on as an expert speaker, Craig shares his knowledge and viewpoints in the flourishing field of digital health.
Craig will make his mark on our healthcare system as he blends his newfound knowledge with his personal experiences and his professional talents in the design sciences of engineering, information systems and digital communications.