Have Your Say! Public Health Launches Online Survey

Written by admin, October 25, 2012

October 25, 2012 –  Public Health Launches Online Survey to  Seek Your Input on Public Health Priorities

Community Invited to Help Build Board of Health’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

Today Peterborough Public Health launched an online survey to gather resident opinions on what our 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 will remain open until Friday, November 16.

“Many challenges and opportunities are before us,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Our board 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 agrees. “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?”

These are all important questions. In addition to the online survey, local residents are invited to share their ideas by attending one of the following Community Open Houses:

  • Monday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norwood Town Hall
  • Tuesday, October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lakefield Marshland Centre
  • Monday, November 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Millbrook Royal Canadian Legion
  • Tuesday, November 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library

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

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.


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