Board of Health Meeting Summary – February 28, 2019
The Health Unit will be submitting their Annual Service Plan to the Public Health Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on April 1, 2019.
The Annual Service Plan outlines programs and services in the following areas:
- Population Health Assessment and Surveillance; Health Equity; Quality Improvement; Research and Knowledge Exchange.
- Chronic Disease Prevention and Well-Being: Healthy Eating; Healthy Active Living; Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds.
- Healthy Growth and Development: Oral Health; Parenting Support; Early Years Community Collaboration to Support Healthy Growth and Development; Prenatal Information and Education.
- Immunization: Assessing Student Immunization Requirements; Vaccine Administration; Immunization Outreach; Vaccine Management with Health Care Providers.
- Oral Health: Healthy Smiles Ontario Program; Student Oral Health Assessment and Follow-up.
- School Health: Healthy Schools Program.
- Substance Use and Injury: Smart Works Harm Reduction Program; Smoke-Free Ontario Program; Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program; Cannabis, Alcohol and Illicit Substance Use Information, Education and Community Collaboration; Falls Prevention and Road Safety.
- Emergency Management: Municipal Collaboration; Public Information; Health Unit Preparedness to Detect, Mitigate and Respond.
- Food Safety: Outbreak Management; Food Premise Inspection; Public Information; Incident Response.
- Healthy Environments: Health Hazard Detections and Response; Public and Partner Information; Inspections; Municipal Collaboration.
- Infectious and Communicable Disease: Public and Health Care Provider Information; Sexual Health Services; Case and Outbreak Management; Monitoring Ticks and Mosquitoes; Management of Infection Control Lapses; Animal Bite Follow-up; Inspections.
- Safe Water: Monitoring Beaches, Small Drinking Water Systems; Access to Private Well Water Testing; Public Information; Testing Recreational Water Sites; Responding to Adverse Water Events.
One of the new initiatives is to assign a public health nurse to be a Health Unit liaison to each of the municipalities in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark to support many of the above programs that are directed at the Healthy Communities Goal of the new Health Unit Strategic Plan.
“Individuals and families live in healthy vibrant communities with a natural environment and “public realm” that support health, quality of life and prevent health problems.”Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Strategic Plan 2019–2022
Information about Health Unit programs and services is available on the Health Unit Website at www.healthunit.org or by contacting the Health Unit.