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Greater Access to Family Health Info and Services When Public Health Moves to Jackson Square

October 30, 2015 – Public Health Doors to Open at 185 King St. on November 23

When Peterborough Public Health moves into Jackson Square in a few weeks, residents will enjoy greater access to public health information and some services geared to families.

“We look forward to raising the profile of our family health programs and public information services when we move downtown,” said Karen Chomniak, Manager of Family Screen Shot 10-30-15 at 10.56 AMHealth Programs.

Starting in January, Public Health will begin to offer Saturday prenatal classes in addition to weeknight prenatal classes and prenatal classes for young parents at its new location on 185 King Street.  The new office space will feature modern and comfortable meeting rooms with state of the art technology for multimedia presentations.  All classes are delivered by Public Health Nurses experienced in family-centred maternity and newborn care.  Parking across the road at the King Street Parkade is free in the evenings and on weekends.

A new public health information and resource centre will be available on the main floor of Public Health’s new downtown office location and open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. During business hours families are welcome to drop in to pick up free materials on a wide range of health topics, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, speech and language development, behaviour and discipline, nutrition, immunizations, and much more.  The new office space has also been designed with a dedicated breastfeeding room to support nursing mothers when visiting Public Health. The main reception desk will be located on the third floor where parents can speak with Public Health staff about immunization records.

In addition to on-site resources, parents can still call the Family Healthline at 705-743-1000 to speak with a Public Health Nurse during business hours.  Families are also encouraged to check out our website at or send their health questions via email to and a nurse will respond.

The Public Health’s new location will serve as home base for a number of family health programs that reach out into the community.  Through the Infant and Toddler Development and Healthy Babies Healthy Children Programs, Infant Development Workers, Public Health Nurses, and Family Home Visitors work closely with families in the County and City who may need additional education, support, and referral to community agencies.

“We look forward to meeting our many community partners at our new location to continue the important work that we do together to advance healthy pregnancies, breastfeeding support, preschool speech and language, and the healthy growth and development of children and their families,” said Chomniak.

The Public Health has confirmed Monday, November 23 as the date it will start operating from its new location at 185 King St.  The move itself will take place during the weekend prior, with only essential public health services available until the doors reopen on Monday, November 23.


For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391


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