Held on January 20, 2017, Timmins Office, Board Room
Recorder: Maria Cook
Dr, Lianne Catton, MOH, 4:00 p.m.
MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur
THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.
Dr. Catton called for nominations for the position of Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2017.
Sue Perras nominated Gilles Chartrand. Claude Bourassa seconded the nomination. Gilles Chartrand accepted the nomination.
Dr. Catton called for further nominations. There being none, Dr. Catton declared the nominations closed and Gilles Chartrand was acclaimed as Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2017.
Gilles Chartrand assumed the Chair.
Gilles Chartrand called for nominations for the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2017. Steve Black nominated Michael Shea. Laurier Duciaume seconded the nomination. Michael Shea accepted the nomination.
Gilles Chartrand called for further nominations. There being none, Gilles Chartrand declared the nominations closed and Michael Shea was acclaimed as Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2017.
Tracey Potvin, representing MNP Accounting Firm, presented the 2016 audit plan to the Committee. Ms. Potvin commended the Porcupine Health Unit on the status of its financial records over the years.
Gilles Chartrand, thanked Linda for providing an excellent presentation, to the Board, on the Preschool Speech & Language Program.
MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume
THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held December 9, 2016 be approved.
Bob Bell, Manager of Public Health Inspection, reported that a bilingual Public Health Inspector has been hired, effective January 30, 2017, in the Kapuskasing office.
Don West spoke to the following correspondence:
Copy of letter, dated December 8th, 2016, to Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, advising that their Board of Health supporting a report from Lambton Public Health regarding Access to Publicly Funded Oral Health Programs for Low-Income Adults and Seniors, and calling on the Province to accelerate its promise to expand oral health programming for low-income adults and seniors, staring within the next two years.
Copy of letter, dated December 14th, 2016, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, recommending that correspondence from Peterborough Public Health, dated November 4th, supporting the Government of Canada’s intent to restrict the marketing of food and beverages to children be endorsed and to consider Bill S-228.
Copy of letter, dated December 14th, 2016, to Premier Kathleen Wynne, supporting correspondence from Peterborough Public Health, urging the Government of Ontario to continue provincial monitoring of food insecurity rates, to participate in a pan-Canadian food security strategy as proposed by the Dietitians of Canada, and to use the costs of nutritious food basket (NFB) in setting social assistance rates be endorsed.
Copy of letter, dated December 14th, 2016, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, supporting correspondence from Peterborough Public Health, dated September 30th, urging the Governments of Canada and Ontario to provide student nutrition programs with enhanced and stable funding to meet the needs of all elementary and secondary students in Ontario be endorsed.
Copy of letter, dated December 15th, 2016, to Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, recommending the inclusion of marijuana (medical and recreational) as a prescribed product or substance under the auspices of Bill 178, Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act, 2016, and strongly urging the commencement of workplace and public protections as enacted under the Electronic Cigarettes Act.
Copy of letter, dated January 5th, 2017, to Minister Hoskins, endorsing correspondence from Peterborough Public Health and Algoma Public Health, urging the MOHLTC to increase the annual funding for the HPV/Immunization Program.
Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update with regard to the following items:
Dr. Catton reported that opioid overdose is the third leading cause of unintentional death in Ontario. It has been recognized as a public health crisis throughout Canada, and unfortunately, we have seen this tragedy occur in our communities. The Porcupine Health Unit will be expanding our Harm Reduction program to include Naloxone distribution. Naloxone is a safe and essential medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save lives. This will be a lifesaving program to educate clients about overdose prevention and response strategies, and put Naloxone into the hands of people who are most at risk for experiencing or witnessing an overdose.
The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) will be meeting with community partners to discuss this key harm reduction strategy. We are currently developing our policies, client education and staff training, and plan to begin distribution in all our Branch communities once this is complete. The PHU’s Take-Home Naloxone Program will be one part of a comprehensive and collaborative harm reduction strategy to address the range of harms associated with substance misuse in our community.
Dr. Catton advised that the City of Timmins is developing a plan and timeline for remediation work, as per recommendations put forth by AMEC Foster and the PHU, with regards to the soil at Hollinger.
Dr. Catton has been invited to participate in a consultation, being organized by Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA), in February, to discuss their proposed regional public health model. Each coastal community has been invited to bring leadership representatives to participate in the consultation review process.
Bob Bell, Manager, Public Health Inspection Services
Bob Bell spoke to his written report regarding Public Health Inspection department statistics from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
Chantal Riopel, Manager of Family Health
Chantal Riopel noted that the Maternal Health Status Report, which was circulated with the Board mailing, is the first report on this topic for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU). The report includes information about the social determinants of health which influence the birth and health outcomes of the mothers residing in our district. The results of the report will assist the PHU in identifying and prioritizing needs as well as inform planning of programs and services. The data for the report was collected mostly from the Better Outcomes Registry for Newborns (BORN). The Maternal Health Status Report 2016 will be featured in a poster presentation at the BORN conference in April.
Highlights include the following:
MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa
THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.
MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Veronica Farrell
THAT MNP LLP be appointed auditors of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year 2017.
MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière
THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held November 24 and December 8, 2016 be received for information.
MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic
THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on March 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.