The Northwestern Health Unit has released its annual public health report card.
Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, the medical officer of health for Northwestern Ontario, said the most recent report card is focusing on two central themes: health equity and community engagement.
“It is estimated that about 50 percent of health is determined by economic and social environments,” Dr. Young-Hoon noted in the report.
“Factors such as income, education, employment, housing, access to affordable healthy foods, social inclusion, gender, and race have far-reaching impacts on health,” she remarked.
The report features four pages of program highlights which draw attention to the number of interactions many of the health unit programs have with the general public in person, through presentations, or through the use of social media.
Some of the highlights include:
- the Family Health team had 8,833 interactions with families, including 1,737 home visits;
- Facebook posts about tick ID cards reached 12,417 people;
- almost 900 children received infant hearing screens from the Speech, Hearing and Vision team;
- the dental program provided preventative services to 5,146 children; and
- the Environmental Health team carried out more than 1,100 food safety inspections.
The balanced scorecard within the report looks at health unit progress on eight different issues, including improved awareness of programs and services, increasing priority population input into health unit planning, and strengthening partnerships and collaboration.
The full 2017 public health report card can be found at www.nwhu.on.ca