June 30, 2015 – Innovative Format Designed to Foster Community Conversation about Public Health
Today the Peterborough County-City Health Unit launched its 2014 Annual Report – this time as a three-minute video designed to make it easier for residents to understand the importance of public health and its progress last year on the local front.
“We wanted to create an innovative and accessible annual report that both promoted our many accomplishments in 2014 and showcased the way public health affects our daily lives,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health. “I’m proud to introduce this video as a way to engageour community in our work.”
Dr. Pellizzari explained that the Health Unit will share the video widely as a way to encourage a community conversation about public health. The Health Unit welcomes invitations from local organizations to present the video and discuss how its programs and services protect the public health of the community while promoting healthier lifestyles and addressing local priorities, such as poverty reduction.
The Health Unit’s 2014 Annual Report video is available at www.pcchu.ca where you will also find financial statements and remarks from the Medical Officer of Health and 2014 Board of Health Chair.
Health Unit highlights from 2014 include:
- Establishing Peterborough’s first smoke-free condominium complex
- Successfully earning the Baby-Friendly Initiative re-designation to support breastfeeding
- Screening 4,144 elementary students for preventive dental health
- Achieving 81% staff influenza immunization rate at local long-termcare facilities
- Launching the fentanyl patch return program to prevent overdoses and the illegal use of painkillers
- Conducting 1,839 food premises inspections to reduce the spread of foodborne illness
Public health is shaped by our social, economic and physical environments, as well as by our personal choices. Through community programs and by developing better health policies, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit works to improve the living conditions of those in need for the benefit of all. We serve residents throughout the City and County of Peterborough, and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, offering a wide range of public health programs and services. These include healthy eating workshops, poverty reduction initiatives, family home visits, oral health clinics, controlling infectious disease outbreaks, water safety and sexual health clinic services.
For further information, please contact:
705-743-1000, ext. 391