Peterborough Public Health Seeks Public Input for New Name

Written by admin, November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015 – Residents Encouraged to Take Part in Online Survey

The Peterborough Public Health (PCCHU) is exploring the idea of selecting a new name that better reflects the mission of the organization, the public health field, and the community. An important part of the process is public engagement, to ensure that the ideas of our valued clients and community partners are considered.

Residents will be consulted through an anonymous online survey found at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/PCCHU-branding/ available through November 26, 2015, as well as in-person focus groups with stakeholders and hard copy versions of the survey distributed throughout the communities we serve. The online survey will also be easily accessed from Public Health’s website at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

“We know the public relies on us for help and advice in so many areas of public health,” says Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “PCCHU plays a significant role in this community, so we want to ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute ideas to help us select a new name.”

“Often Public Health is confused with the hospital or other local healthcare organizations, so we want to ensure our name distinguishes the important contributions public health makes to the lives of our residents,” added Brittany Cadence, Communications Manager at PCCHU. “The prominence of our work will only increase when we move downtown, so it is essential that our identity clearly reflects the vital role public health plays throughout the community.”

About PCCHU

PCCHU is the leading community organization for the promotion and protection of public health. As one of Ontario’s 36 public health agencies, we are mandated by the Ontario Public Health Standards to provide a wide range of programs and services designed to help all residents live healthier lives, such as vaccination programs, food premises inspections, family home visits, parenting groups, tobacco-free living support, nutrition workshops, poverty reduction initiatives, and clinic services for dental, travel, and sexual health.  In addition, PCCHU staff are ready 24/7 to respond to disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and other public health emergencies in order to keep our community safe.

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