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January 24, 2019 Meeting Summary

Board of Health Meeting Summary – January 24, 2019

Election of Officers

Doug Malanka, Mayor of Augusta Township and United Counties’ representative, was elected Chair and Candace Kaine, Provincial Appointee, was elected Vice Chair. Both members have provided strong leadership on the Board and its subcommittees.

Year in Review – 2018 Program Update

A summary of program accomplishments in 2018 was presented by staff. Key highlights of work to improve organizational excellence include:

  • Implemented a new organizational structure based on the modernized Ontario Public Health Standards
  • Developed and implemented an Annual Service Plan and Budget based on new Ontario Public Health Standards
  • Implemented Health Unit wide risks and mitigating plans
  • Participated in Public Health Ontario’s Locally Driven Collaborative project on Quality Improvement in Public Health
  • Working on LGBTQ Positive Space initiative for staff and clients
  • Developed an internal Public Health Practice Committee to support excellence in practice
  • Completed 2019-2022 Strategic Plans for Population Health and Organizational Excellence

Looking forward to 2019, priorities will include:

  • Develop an electronic clinical record system, using the File Hold platform
  • Develop a Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Seniors Dental Health Community Plan
  • Provide support to municipalities with the development of cannabis related bylaws
  • Support the Champlain and SE LHIN sub region work
  • Support development of the Community Safety and Well-being Plan for Leeds and Grenville, Brockville, Gananoque and Prescott
  • Support development of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions Health Hub for North Grenville
  • Plan for Sustainability of the Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation, by implementing best practice guidelines on Embracing Cultural Diversity in Health Care: Developing Cultural Competence and Adopting eHealth Solutions: Implementation Strategies
  • Develop climate change mitigation plans and radon community plan
  • Continue to facilitate Leeds, Grenville and Lanark opioid response and develop a Crystal Methamphetamine awareness and knowledge building campaign
  • Implement the Ontario Harm Reduction database
  • Normalize regulatory changes to the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the regulations: Public Pools, Food Premises, Personal Service Settings More