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Public Health Advocacy

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Public Health Advocacy

Making Policy Changes for Everyone’s Better Health!

Public health organizations have been responsible for some of the most profound improvements to our lives. Innovations such as vaccinations to control infectious diseases, public sanitation, mandatory seat belt legislation, and public smoke-free spaces are just a few of the changes that have made our lives safer and healthier.  In fact, since the early 1900s, the average Canadian lifespan has increased by 30 years, and 25 of these years of this gain are attributable to advances in public health.

The Peterborough County-City Board of Health continues this proud tradition by playing a lead role advocating for better health policies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.  The Board also proposes resolutions to be advanced by other public health consortiums, such as the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and the Ontario Public Health Association.  Public Health staff are also leaders in the community pushing for policy changes on a number of important health issues.

Recent advocacy efforts by the Board of Health relating to a number of important public health issues are listed below by topic.  Please note these sub-pages are currently under construction:

Built Environment
Child Health

Chronic Disease Prevention
Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Health
First Nations
Food Safety
Food Security
Infectious Disease Control
Injury Prevention
Nutrition and Physical Activity

Oral Health
Public Health Funding & Policy
Safe Water

Sexual / Reproductive Health
Social Determinants of Health
Substance Misuse & Addictions
Vaccine Preventable Disease

Last modified on Jun 07, 2017

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