March 17,

Good Things Coming to Community Health Programs at PCCHU’s New Jackson Square Location

November 13, 2015 – Improved Training Facilities for Food Programs and Other Services

With Peterborough Public Health’s pending relocation to Jackson Square on 185 King St., staff from the many Community Health programs are excited about the new opportunities afforded by the new location.

“We do a great deal of work with community partners, many of whom are downtown, so this new location is ideal for us,” said Hallie Atter, Manager of Community Health Programs.  “Not only will our new home strengthen public health partnerships, the new facilities will enhance our programming and make services more accessible for downtown clients.”

Fundraising is underway for a large, new Community Kitchen to be built on the second floor of Public Health at Jackson Square.  Once completed, staff look forward to expanding healthy eating workshops for parents and kids, and for childcare providers, including the Come Cook With Us program.  The Come Cook With Us and Collective Kitchen programs are routinely offered in various locations to build skills, knowledge and a sense of community around healthy eating, cost-effective shopping, and meal preparations. In fact, each year PCCHU staff deliver more than 130 Come Cook With Us series and 35 Collective Kitchens in the City and County of Peterborough.

“Just as kitchens are the heart of the home, I know this Community Kitchen will become the heart of public health here in Peterborough,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “It will integrate our programs in new ways, bringing together food safety, healthy eating, and poverty reduction in training sessions and community building workshops that reflect how interconnected public health is here in Peterborough.”

Community Health programs span a number of activities as mandated by the Ontario Public Health Standards, including injury prevention, physical activity promotion, substance misuse prevention, school health, food security programs, student nutrition programs, community gardens, workplace health, and poverty reduction.

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 at noon.  Parking across the road at the King Street Parkade is free in the evenings and on weekends. Wheelchair accessible parking is also available at no charge beside Jackson Square.


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


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