Let’s Make Health a Priority This Election

Written by admin, October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014 – Public Health Launches Public Health Primer for Voters

Today Peterborough Public Health launched a new document entitled “Let’s Make Health a Priority” to help voters understand how municipal policies affect public health.

“Municipalities pay for 25% of all public health spending, so they can have a big impact on important issues such as poverty, healthy built environments and food security,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “We hope this election primer will give voters a tool they can use when discussing public health issues with municipal candidates.”

The four-page document highlights eight priorities where municipal policies play a key role in public health. These are:

  • Food security
  • Poverty
  • Alcohol policies
  • Water fluoridation
  • Food access
  • Housing
  • Air Quality
  • Active Transportation

Dr. Salvaterra noted that every municipal candidate in Peterborough City and County has received a copy of the primer via email.

Decisions made by municipal governments impact all aspects of residents’ lives.  Active communities, a clean environment, and ensuring health for all people regardless of background or income level are key considerations in municipal decision-making.

Copies of the primer are available by contacting Public Health at 705-743-1000 or info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

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