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Connect With Us on Social Media

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is currently actively engaged on the following social media platforms:

We also occasionally post videos on:

These Social Media Terms of Use apply to you when you communicate with The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit through our social media accounts – please read them carefully.

What to Expect from our Social Media Posts

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit’s social media accounts are a place for the community and anyone interested in public health to engage with us and with one another. We use social media to engage and communicate with the communities we serve in a quick and efficient manner. Our mission is to work with our communities to promote and protect health and to prevent disease for everyone. Social media is a valuable tool to help us achieve our mission.

Our accounts vary in terms of frequency of posts and content, but we typically aim to post a few times a day (excluding weekends and holidays observed in Ontario). We strive to publish recent and relevant evidence-based health content that supports our mission. Occasionally we like to have some fun as well! Feel free to ask us any public health related questions or comment on our posts.

Posting Guidelines

The following posting guidelines apply to any social media where users can directly post onto a Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit account (either by commenting or adding an original post).

  1. We do not allow comments that are disrespectful, abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization, nor do we allow obscene, explicit content.
    • We reserve the right to edit or remove comments that are not appropriate, including:
      • Unproven, unsupported, or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations
      • Misinformation – Inaccurate information spreads widely and at high speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice from trusted and credible sources, we reserve the right to remove such information from our social media feeds.
      • Messages that attempt to defame or defraud any financial, commercial, or non-governmental agency
      • Announcements from or endorsements of labour or political organizations or non-governmental associations
      • Comments written in a language other than English or French (For comments in other languages, please private message us)
      • Comments not sent by the author, or which are posted by anonymous or robot accounts
      • Repetitive posts copied and pasted by multiple users
      • Spam
      • Comments that are clearly off-topic, disruptive or unintelligible
      • Advocacy of illegal activity
      • Personal information, including personal health information
      • Racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, slanderous, insulting, intolerant, or life-threatening messages
      • Offensive comments to an individual or an organization, rude in tone, or otherwise abusive
      • Promotion of commercial services or products.
      • Anything that may infringe on copyrights or trademarks
      • Comments that violate any Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit policies
  2. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username, and any information you share.
  3. Comments and posts expressed by fans or followers of our social media accounts do not reflect the opinions and position of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit or its employees.

Availability

Although comments and replies are welcome on our social media accounts at any time, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will monitor and update its social media accounts during regular business hours between 8:30am and 4:30pm Eastern Time, Monday to Friday. Any monitoring or updating outside of these hours is likely due to an emergency or special circumstance.

Response Time

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will do its best to respond to any questions (that don’t violate these Terms of Use) within one business day. We make an effort to review posted comments and messages, but cannot guarantee a response to all comments or moderating all discussions. However, while we may not respond to all questions or comments, we will attempt to participate or intervene as appropriate, or provide a response when possible. All comments and messages received will be responded to on a case-by-case basis, when deemed appropriate.

Things to Consider

  • Comments that do not follow our Posting Guidelines may be removed, and users that ignore these guidelines may be sanctioned further (for example, being banned or blocked from posting content).
  • For any matter that is confidential or too complicated for posting on social media, please email us at contact@healthunit.org or call 1-800-660-5853.
  • The servers of social media network providers are managed by third parties. Our social media accounts may be subject to downtime that is out of our control. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit accepts no responsibility for platforms becoming unresponsive or unavailable.
  • Each social media platform has Terms of Use. You can read them here: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.
  • We will try our best to help you, but we cannot guarantee that we will fully understand your question or that we will be able to answer it. By contacting us through a social media site, you acknowledge that any response we provide to you through the same site:
    • is intended to provide helpful information or resources
    • is not considered to be definitive advice or guaranteed to solve your issue

Public Health Advice and Emergencies

The information and resources provided by Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit via social media are provided as general information and are not intended as a substitute for health care advice. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will not offer medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment via social media. If you need emergency medical care or are in crisis, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need health care on a non-urgent basis, please consult with your health care provider or if you live in Ontario, call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000. For public health emergencies that require an immediate response after hours or on public holiday closures, please call us at 613-345-5685.

Privacy

To protect the privacy of all individuals, please DO NOT include personal names, photographs, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment or post, or identifiable information about your own or someone else’s health care or health status. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit’s social media accounts are public spaces, and comments and photographs on this page are available for all to see. Posts that include personal information may be deleted at our sole discretion.

If you do post personal information, including personal health information, on any Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit social media account, you are consenting to the collection and use of that information by us. Such information will be collected for the purpose of obtaining feedback on our programs and policies and will be used to assess public views on those programs and services and other issues. We may also use information that you post to reply to questions you pose, to direct you to other informational resources, or to respond to your comments. In most cases, responses by Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will be available for all to see.

Comments may also be used and disclosed by Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit as required or permitted by applicable law, including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.