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September 13 BOH Meeting Summary

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170913 Board of Health Meeting Summary – September 13, 2017

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2016 Annual Report Highlights Impact of Local Public Health Strategies

September 14, 2017 –  Report Showcases New Community Kitchen; Compares Student Vaccination Coverage Rates to Provincial Average

At today’s Board of Health meeting, Peterborough Public Health released its 2016 Annual Report to highlight the many ways public health strategies protect and promote healthy living in Curve Lake and Hiawa2016 Annual Report Covertha First Nations, and the County and City of Peterborough.

“We’re pleased to share this overview of the progress made on the agency’s strategic priorities in 2016,” explained Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “Last year was a big year for us as we officially changed our agency name to Peterborough Public Health and opened Myrtle’s Kitchen, a wonderful new local asset that helps us tackle the growing challenge of food insecurity in our community.”

Using statistics and brief stories, the report summarizes the wide scope of public health programs and services delivered in the areas of family health, environmental health, chronic disease and injury prevention, emergency preparedness and infectious disease prevention and control.  Dr. Salvaterra noted the indicators help show how extensively the work of public health staff positively affects the lives of residents, especially vulnerable populations.

In the case of student vaccination coverage rates for the 2015-2016 academic year*, local rates were above or on par with the provincial average, with the exception of the rates for pneumococcal, HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines which were lower.  “Immunization works when the community joins together to ensure enough children are vaccinated to protect the whole population,” said Dr. Salvaterra.  “Overall I’m pleased with our local coverage rates, but this report shows that as we head into a new school year, there is still work to be done to improve some vaccination rates.”

The 2016 Annual Report is available at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca. Public health staff welcome the opportunity to present the report to local municipal councils, service clubs and other groups. Please call 705-743-1000, ext. 391 to coordinate a presentation.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Peterborough’s Healthy Playspace Policy Featured at International Conference in Calgary This Weekend

September 14, 2017 – Health Promoter from Peterborough Public Health Showcasing Local Efforts to Support Safer and Healthier Outdoor Playspaces

Monique Beneteau, Health Promoter with Peterborough Public Health, will draw global attention this weekend to local efforts to develop a healthy, complete outdoor playspaces at the 20th International Play Association (IPA) Triennial World Conference in Calgary, Alberta.

Ms. Beneteau was invited to share her presentation entitled “Healthy Complete Outdoor Playspaces: A Journey from Problem to Policy” as one of the sessions on September 16 during the sold-out conference.  Her presentation looks at using a public health approach to address Peterborough’s high injury rate from playground equipment falls to support the future development of healthy, complete outdoor playspaces.

“It’s exciting to see this initiative led by Peterborough Public Health in the spotlight on the global stage,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “I’m proud of how our partnership with local government and education representatives has resulted in a strategy that will contribute to fewer children hurt on playgrounds here at home.”

Across all age categories and by a wide margin, children in the Peterborough area made more visits to emergency departments in 2011 for injuries from falls from playground equipment than the Ontario rate*.  This data drove Ms. Beneteau to gather evidence on best practices for playground safety.  This evidence helped shape a checklist on playground equipment and safety which incorporated other components of public health interest, such as cancer-preventing features including the amount of shade over equipment and status as a smoke-free environment.

During this process municipal staff expressed their interest in moving the discussion beyond maintaining playground equipment toward creating healthy play “experiences.”  This led to a more extensive review of the evidence, this time focusing on the benefits of play, and how it relates to child development, risky play, risk benefit assessments, and natural playspaces.  This information has been summarized in a technical report which will serve as the foundation for the creation of resources such as guidelines that can be used by our community partners.

Further information about playgrounds and the importance of play can be found at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/play.

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

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Residents Invited to Hear Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee on September 26

 September 12, 2017 – Truth and Reconciliation – How Well Are We Doing in Redressing the Legacy and Closing the Gap?

Local residents will have a unique opportunity to hear Grand Chief Patrick Wedahseh Madahbee share the latest developments relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on TuesdaChiefy, September 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Peterborough Public Health on 185 King St., Peterborough.

Grand Chief Madahbee of the Anishinabek Nation will speak about the response of governments and other partners so far to the 94 Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015. The TRC’s mandate was to redress the painful legacy of the residential school system in Canada and to facilitate reconciliation among former students, their families, their communities and all Canadians.

“We are very proud to bring the community together at Peterborough Public Health to hear Grand Chief Madahbee’s important update,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “The 94 Calls to Action are designed to support healing and good health by honouring this difficult part of our national heritage so we can move forward as a country that respects all Indigenous people.”

Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee is currently serving his third consecutive term as Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation and is also the President of the Union of Ontario Indians.  He has more than 40 years’ experience in Band politics, including 17 years as Chief of Aundeck Omni Kaning.   Grand Chief Madahbee has served as Manager of Aboriginal Financial Services for TD and as a Regional Sales Manager for the First Nations Bank of Canada.   His dedication to the Anishinabek Nation has included active leadership positions such as chairperson for the Robinson-Huron Treaty Claim Legal Strategy Team and the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. He is the past Vice President of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and has held numerous other board positions.  In addition, Grand Chief Madahbee holds the health portfolio for the Chiefs of Ontario, serves on the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee of Health, and is Co-chair of the joint Non-insured health benefits review.

For more information about Grand Chief Madahbee, please visit his bio at www.anishinabek.ca.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend by registering online at www.pphtrc.eventbrite.ca.  The event is sponsored by Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, and Peterborough Public Health.

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

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Board of Health Meets September 13 at 5:30 p.m.

September 8, 2017 – Location: J.K. Edwards Board Room, Peterborough Public Health,
Jackson Square, 185 King St., Third Floor

Media and the community are advised that the next Board of Health meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:
www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

This meeting is open to the community and members of the media.  Guests are asked to use the buzzer located on the wall to the right of the main front doors to alert Peterborough Public Health staff when they arrive.  The board room is located on the third floor of Jackson Square, 185 King St.  Free parking is available after 6 p.m. on the street or across the road at the King St. Parkade.

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

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