If You Like to Stay Healthy and Avoid Getting Sick, Now’s the Time to Have Your Say About Public Health

Written by admin, November 2, 2012

November 2, 2012 – Upcoming Community Open Houses Give Residents a Voice in Guiding Public Health Strategic Direction

The Peterborough Public Health wants everyone to have a chance to share their ideas about public health priorities for our community.

“If you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant, enjoyed safe drinking water from the tap, breathed clean air in a smoke-free facility or been vaccinated, then you’ve experienced just a handful of the benefits of Public Health’s work,” said. Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “The role of public health is often behind the scenes so many don’t see how critical it is to their overall health.  We strongly encourage everyone to join us at an upcoming Open House to understand what we do and help us identify what our priorities should be as the Board of Health develops its 2013-17 Strategic Plan.”

Local area residents are encouraged to provide feedback by attending one of the following Community Open Houses:

  • 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
  • Thursday, November 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norwood Town Hall (note: rescheduled from October 29)

This fall, Board of Health has embarked on a strategic planning process. 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. The process to come up with the plan will include inviting all county and city residents to attend one of several Community Open Houses taking place in October and November.  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 those who can’t attend an open house, residents can participate in an online survey found on Public Health’s website home page by visiting www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.  The survey will remain open until Friday, November 16.

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