Public Health Advocacy
Making Policy Changes for Everyone’s 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 Public Health 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.
Resources: alPHa Brochure (2019)