Have Your Say! Public Health Extends Online Survey

Written by admin, November 16, 2012

November 16, 2012 – Public Health Seek Your Input on Public Health Priorities

Community Has Two More Weeks to Help Build Board of Health’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

Today Peterborough Public Health announced it will keep its online survey open another two weeks to gather resident opinions about what local public health priorities should be for the next five years.

Residents can easily find the survey on Public Health’s website home page by visiting www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.  Results will help inform the Peterborough County-City Board of Health’s 2013-17 Strategic Plan to be released next spring.  The survey is completely confidential will remain open until now Friday, November 30.

“This tool is proving highly effective as we’ve seen more than 140 surveys completed so far,” said Brittany Cadence, Communications Supervisor. “There has been a recent spike in survey submissions over the past few days so we wanted to make sure residents had ample opportunity to share their views about the public health issues that matter most to them. Our Board of Health believes it is essential for us reach out and gather input directly from residents in the communities that we serve.”

Board of Health Chair Andy Sharpe, Deputy Mayor of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, noted there are many opportunities and challenges ahead that this five-year Strategic Plan will attempt to address. “The need for public health solutions has never been greater, so a strategic plan that is built on really listening to our community members is more important now that ever,” said Mr. Sharpe. “How are we doing? What do we do well? What could we be better at? Are there gaps in public health programs that you think we need to fill? Do you need to know more about us, and what we do?”                                                                                                           

The Board of Health embarked on a strategic planning process this fall. To make Public Health’s 2013-17 Strategic Plan truly meaningful and effective, the Board is looking for input from the public as well as from local stakeholders. Public Health representatives will also hold focus groups with members of Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, youth, and local community and health care partners.                                                                                                             

“We are ready to listen,” assured Deputy Mayor Sharpe. “Your input will help shape Public Health’s new strategic directions, and how and why we initiate them.”

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 For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391