Northumberland PACE speakers' series

A collaborative between community health-care providers and local residents interested in learning more and promoting health and wellness, PACE (which stands for Personalized Assessment and Change Education) began as a TED Talks-inspired speakers' series previously hosted (on a rotating basis) at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg and the Community Health Centres of Northumberland, in Port Hope. Due to the physical distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily moved the event to a virtual format, using Zoom.

The next virtual PACE talk is being held on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024. Join Dr. Gavin Rukholm for 'Hearing Health'. The registration link is available here.

Northumberland Hills Hospital, the Northumberland Family Health Team, the Community Health Centres of Northumberland, internal medicine specialists IMCare and local patients and caregivers are all represented on the Northumberland PACE planning table, together with the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland.

From October 2023 through June 2024, talks are planned monthly the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM. One hour in total, each talk consists of a 30-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute, interactive question and answer speaker/audience discussion and a short moderator summary to conclude.

"Seats" continue to be available free of charge, on a first-come, first reserved basis. Pre-registration is required. After registering you should receive a confirmation email containing the necessary link/login information. For information on our next session, and links to recordings of previous events, please see below. Questions? Contact Amy Seymour at 905-372-6811, ext. 4009 or

Upcoming 2023 - 2024 PACE Events



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May 23, 2024

Hearing Health

Dr. Gavin Rukholm, MD, FRCSC., Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist



Hear Audio (38MB)

Watch Video (104MB)

Mar 28, 2024

Why, What and How of Organ and Tissue Donation

Tiffany Lue and Rebecca Massecar, Registered Nurses, and Hospital Development Specialists with Trillium Gift of Life Network



Hear Audio (10MB)

Watch Video (193MB)

Jan 25, 2024

Why Eliminating Homelessness Should Matter to Everyone

Jacklyn Pearce, Occupational Therapist and Dr. Daniel Pepe, Family Physician



Hear Audio (36MB)

Watch Video (310MB)

Nov 30, 2023

How to Slow your PACE of Aging

Greg Macpherson, founder of Science Research Wellness (SRW) Laboratories



Hear Audio (31MB)

Watch Video (124MB)

Oct 26, 2023

Healing from the inside out: Exploring the significance of spiritual wellness in relation to physical and psychological well-being

Sabine Fischer, MA, Registered Psychotherapist, Team Lead for NHH’s Spiritual Care Volunteers



Hear Audio (30MB)

Watch Video (106MB)

Apr 26, 2023

Geting Organized Before You Die

Dr. Elizabeth Selby, Scott MacCoubrey



Hear Audio (30MB)

Watch Video (185MB)

Feb 23, 2023

Am I Happy Yet? Pursing Happiness in a Wellness-Saturated Culture

Dr. Sandra Demaries



Hear Audio (44MB)

Watch Video (560MB)

Jan 26, 2023

Emergency Preparedness at Home 

Area first responders



Hear Audio (48MB)

Watch Video (380MB)

More Background on PACE

Highlights from previous PACE Events






Nov 17, 2022

Life and Living at End-of-Life

Dr. Francesco Mulé


Hear Audio (40MB)

Watch Video (166MB)

Sep 22, 2022

So You've Been Referred to the Rheumatologist

Dr. Jason An


Hear Audio (20MB)

Watch Video (123MB)

May 25, 2022

ER Anatomy: Tips, Tricks and Traversal of an Emergency Room Visit

Dr. Pavel (Paul) Ketov Department Chief, Emergency Services, NHH


Hear Audio (22MB)

Watch Video (122MB)

View Slides (1.1MB)

Mar 16, 2022

Shifting Our Focus Back to Prevention and Wellness

Dr. Wang Xi


Hear Audio (26MB)

Watch Video (157MB)

View Slides (2MB)

Feb 16, 2022

Pets and Wellness

Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach


Hear Audio (55MB)

Watch Video (178MB)

Oct 20, 2021

Physician-Patient Interaction, The Changing Landscape for Better Care!

Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Dr. Kaes Al-Ali


Hear Audio (63MB)

Watch Video (299MB)

Apr 21, 2021

Self-Care for Wellness

Dr. Anuja Sharma, Maureen Pollard


Watch Video (139MB)

View Slides (13MB)

Mar 17, 2021

An Overview of Navigating the Medical System in Northumberland at End of Life

Dr. Kate Everdell


Watch Video (72MB)

View Slides (1.26MB)

Feb 17, 2021

Virtual Care

Taryn Rennicks, Simeon Kanev, Dr. Erin Pepper


Hear Audio (63MB)

Watch Video (128MB)

Jan 20, 2021

A COVID Conversation; 3 Unique Experiences with COVID-19

Dr. Pavel Ketov, Dr. Michael Barrie, Dr. Madhav Rao


Hear Audio (54MB)

​Watch Video (192MB)

Aug 19, 2020

Caring for Loved Ones at Home....A Caregiver's Perspective

William (Bill) Prawecki


​Watch Video (143MB)

Feb 19, 2020

Integrative Medicine - a Panel Discussion

Dr. Merepeza, Dr. Ahooja, Dr. Weiss and Dr. Vosburgh


Hear Audio (92MB)

​Watch Video (490MB)

Jan 15, 2020

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) - Where Are We in 2020?

Dr. Mark Essak


​Watch Video (170MB)

Dec 18, 2019

Don’t Be a Vector! How to Prevent Spreading Infections - and Getting Them

Dr. Daniel Ricciuto


Hear Audio (36MB)

​Watch Video (300MB)

Nov 20, 2019

Farm-to-Table Eating

Paul Burnham


Hear Audio (23MB)

​Watch Video (162MB)

Oct 16, 2019

Music Therapy - The Science and Benefits

Taelor Dunn


Hear Audio (26MB)

Watch Video (257MB)

Sept 18, 2019

Memory Loss - When it Becomes a Problem and How to Get Help

Karen Truter


Hear Audio (24MB)

​Watch Video (183MB)

May 15, 2019

Caring for your Skin

Dr. Anuja Sharma


View Powerpoint  (4.5MB)

Apr 17, 2019

The Science of Mindfulness

Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix


View Powerpoint (840KB)

Mar 20, 2019

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Finding Quality Health Information Online

Amanda Ross-White


View Powerpoint (6MB)

Feb 20, 2019

Ancient Wisdom with Today’s Food

Dr. Deepa Bhargava


View Powerpoint (4MB)

Jan 16, 2019

Science of Happiness

Dr. Mukesh Bhargava


Watch Video (293MB)

Dec 19, 2018

Chronic Pain and the Symptom Cycle

Dr. Francesco Mule


Watch Video (269MB)

Nov 21, 2018

How to Prepare for Your Trip to the Emergency Department

Dr. Peter Barnett


Read Summary

Watch Video (186MB)

Oct 17, 2018

What to Consider When Preparing Food for Those Dealing With an Illness

Adam Hudson


​Watch Video (173MB)

Sept 19, 2018

The Use of Technology (Apps, Phones, Monitors) for Better Health

Dr. Mukesh Bhargava


​Read Summary


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