February 12,

Board of Health Approves Name Change to Peterborough Public Health  

February 11, 2016 – New Operational Name for Health Unit to Take Effect June 1, 2016

Last night the Board of Health approved changing the Peterborough County-City Health Unit’s operational name to Peterborough Public Health.  The new name will be rolled out along with a new brand for the public health organization on June 1, 2016.

“This was not an easy decision to make as this process has shown us how challenging it can be to select one name that satisfies all interested parties, including local First Nations, municipal funders and residents,” explained Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “While the decision wasn’t unanimous, what carried the day was the merit of a succinct name that allows us to more effectively promote and deliver public health services and programs so more residents can access them.”

Last year, the Health Unit conducted an extensive stakeholder engagement process through an online survey, focus groups and one-on-one interviews that revealed there was an appetite to change the name, and that Peterborough Public Health was the most preferred new name.  This naming decision was the first step of a two-step rebranding process that will produce a new visual identity for the organization later this spring.  This communications effort is part of a broader renewal of public health’s role in the community following its recent move and consolidation to a new downtown location at 185 King St.

“The process showed us the need to invest more in engaging First Nations and rural residents so they can benefit from public health programs and services. The new brand is just the beginning of a more robust communications strategy to do just that,” explained Brittany Cadence, Communications Manager.

With the new name is approved, work now commences on designing the new visual identity for Peterborough Public Health.  Representatives from both Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations have been invited to help guide the creative process to develop the logo and tag line concepts.  The new brand will go to the Board of Health for their approval later this spring.

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

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Board of Health Meets February 10 at 5:00 p.m.

February 5, 2016 – Location: J.K. Edwards Board Room, Peterborough County-City Health Unit,
Jackson Square, 185 King St., Third Floor

Media and the community are advised that the Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Guests are asked to use the buzzer located on the wall to the right of the main front doors to alert Health Unit staff when they are ready to enter the building.  The board room is located on the third floor of Jackson Square, 185 King St. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. on the street or across the road at the King St. Parkade.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:
http://www.pcchu.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

The meeting is open to the community and members of the media.

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

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Local Public Health Agencies Asked to Assist With Outbreak of Listeria Infections Under investigation

January 26, 2016 – Residents Advised to Throw Out Certain Brands of Pre-packaged Salads

The Peterborough County-City Health Unit has been asked by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to contact local institutions that serve vulnerable populations (e.g. hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, child care centres) to check for recalled products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria.

“If the recalled products are found, operators will be instructed to discard them and contact their supplier or return to the location where it was purchased,” explained Atul Jain, Manager of Inspection Services.  “We are also advising local residents to check for certain Dole brand pre-packaged salad and leafy greens and PC Organics brand leafy greens and throw them out to protect themselves and their families from possible Listeria infection.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections in five provinces. To date, the source of this outbreak has not been confirmed. However prepackaged leafy greens, salad blends, and salad kits are food items being investigated. This notice will be updated as new information becomes available.

At this time, the risk to residents is low, but given that Listeria can cause severe illness to some high-risk groups, Canadians are being asked to review and follow proper safe food handling practices in an effort to prevent illnesses.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can be found in food, soil, plants, sewage and other places in nature. Eating food with Listeria on it can cause a serious disease, called listeriosis, in high-risk groups. People can get listeriosis by eating meat, fish, dairy products, plants or vegetables contaminated with Listeria.

Ongoing Investigation

Currently, there are seven (7) cases of Listeria monocytogenes in five provinces related to this outbreak: Ontario (3), Quebec (1), New Brunswick (1), Prince Edward Island (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Individuals became sick between September 2015 and early January 2016. The majority of cases (71%) are female, with an average age of 81 years. All cases have been hospitalized, and one person has died, however it has not been determined if Listeria contributed to the cause of death. 1

Additional information

Please also see the Listeria Fact Sheet attached to this release for additional details.

1 Public Health Agency of Canada

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For further information, please contact:

Atul Jain
Manager, Inspection Services
Peterborough County-City Health Unit
705-743-1000, ext. 259

 

 

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Campaign Goal Surpassed for Myrtle’s Kitchen! Health Unit and Partners Announce Community Kitchen to Open This Spring

January 21, 2016 – Today the Peterborough County-City Health Unit together with other local community partners announced they were successful in surpassing its campaign goal of $204,000 needed to build Myrtle’s Kitchen at its new Jackson Square location in downtown Peterborough.  A total of $222,886 was raised towards the project.  The additional donations will help cover construction contingencies, programming costs, and to purchase equipment to outfit the new kitchen.

“We are enormously grateful to our amazing donors who didn’t hesitate to support this campaign and make Myrtle’s Kitchen a reality for our community,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Their generosity is matched only by their passion for better public health.  Our donors understand how local residents and their families will benefit over the long term thanks to the cooking skills and nutritious meals that they will enjoy here.”

MPP Jeff Leal was on hand to commend the fundraising team’s success, and acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation which contributed $61,100 grant towards Myrtle’s Kitchen.  “I am pleased that our government through the Ontario Trillium Foundation was a partner in this project that will be located right here in the downtown. Myrtle’s Kitchen will improve the quality of life of our community by establishing a regional, shared meeting place where people can come together to access healthy food and learn valuable life skills. Congratulations to all the local partners associated with this project.”

Named in honour of Myrtle Smith, the matriarch of AON’s Smith family who contributed the lead gift of the campaign, this new commercial-quality kitchen will be built on the second floor of the Health Unit’s new Jackson Square location.  PCCHU plans to issue RFPs shortly with a goal to open Myrtle’s Kitchen in the spring of 2016.  It will support a wide range of community programs to create food security for vulnerable residents in partnership with Nourish Project and other local partners, as well as nutrition and safe food handling programs.

“As the lead partner in the Nourish Project, a program that teaches food literacy through growing, cooking, eating and advocating for good food, we’re delighted to see the dream of a community kitchen come true,” said Lynn Zimmer, Executive Director, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton.  “The YWCA has done food work for more than 25 years because we believe it has the power to move communities, especially women and children, toward thriving.  Now that the kitchen will be built, we are actively seeking investment to support our food programming, including that which will take place at Myrtle’s Kitchen.”

“Good food can have a transformative impact on our community,” said Dr. Salvaterra.  “We know that 11.5% of our local households experience food insecurity which means that every day there are thousands of residents who cannot access healthy foods.”  She explained that by expanding the quality of food skills programs, and eliminating kitchen rental costs for community agencies who deliver these programs, Myrtle’s Kitchen will significantly benefit our most vulnerable populations.

Donors from across the county and city of Peterborough gathered to hear today’s special announcement. Major supporters of Myrtle’s Kitchen include the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, the Smith Family, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Flying Colours, Community Food Centres Canada, Sysco Central Ontario, LLF Lawyers LLP, Betty and Bill Morris, the Peterborough Foundation, and numerous family and individual donors.  A tribute wall will be designed in the main foyer leading into the Kitchen to recognize the support of the donors who contributed to the campaign.

A leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.  For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

To make a donation towards future public health and nutritional programming in Myrtle’s Kitchen, please call 705-743-1000, ext. 264 or donate online at www.pcchu.ca and click on “Make a Donation”.  Donations to support the Nourish Project can be easily made online by visiting http://nourishproject.ca/donate.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

 

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Frostbite Alert Lifted

January 19, 2016 – With the forecast of warmer temperatures the Peterborough County-City Health Unit is lifting the Frostbite Alert issued on January 18, 2016 for residents of Peterborough County and City and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.

Even though the Frostbite Alert has been lifted, residents are reminded to take precautions in cold weather, including dressing warmly and in layers, watching for signs of hypothermia and frostbite, and checking on the elderly and people with disabilities who live alone.  The Health Unit will continue to monitor the weather forecasts throughout the winter and issue frostbite alerts, warnings or emergencies when forecasted temperatures or wind chill values reach thresholds as indicated in the Extreme Cold Response Plan.

Further information about staying healthy in extreme cold conditions and the Health Unit’s Extreme Cold Response Plan can be found at www.pcchu.ca under “My Home & Environment” by clicking on “Extreme Weather – Cold”.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

 

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