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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on January 20, 2017, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Sue Perras
  • André Rhéaume
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Andrew Marks
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Michel Brière
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Pat Bamford
  • Steve Black
  • Laurier Duciaume
  • Veronica Farrell

Staff:

  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Chantal Riopel
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Bob Bell
  • Joëlle Aubin
  • Linda Malette-Durepos

Others:

  • Tracey Potvin, MNP Accounting Firm

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Dr, Lianne Catton, MOH, 4:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.

Carried

3) Election of Chairperson

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.

4) Election of Vice Chairperson

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.

5) Presentations

a) 2016 Audit Planning Letter – Tracey Potvin, MNP Accounting Firm

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.

b) Preschool Speech & Language Program – Linda Malette-Durepos, Program Coordinator

Gilles Chartrand, thanked Linda for providing an excellent presentation, to the Board, on the Preschool Speech & Language Program.

6) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

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.

Carried

7) Business Arising from Minutes

a) Public Health Inspection – Kapuskasing

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.

8) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

County of Lambton

Re: Access to Publicly Funded Oral Health Programs for Low-Income Adults and Seniors

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.

Durham Region

Re: Marketing of Food and Beverages to Children

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.

Re: Nutritious Food Basket

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.

Re: Student Nutrition Programs

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.

Simcoe Muskoka

Re: Marijuana controls under Bill 178, Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act, 2016

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.

Huron County

Re: HPV/Immunization Program Funding

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.

9) MOH and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update with regard to the following items:

Naloxone Program

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.

Hollinger Park - Timmins

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.

Weeneebayko Public Health Working Group 

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.

Public Health Inspection

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.

Family Health - Maternal Health Status Report 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:

  • The Porcupine Health Unit has a higher population of younger and older individuals. Those aged 20-49 years may be moving from the district for studies or work.
  • Women in the PHU area have lower education and lower income. As well, the percentage of the Aboriginal population in the PHU area is six times the provincial percentage.
  • The birth rate decreased by about 30% between 2007 and 2014 for the PHU area compared to 9% for Ontario.
  • In 2013, the teenage pregnancy rate in the PHU area was more than twice the provincial rate.
  • Stillbirths and perinatal mortality rates have decreased.
  • A higher percentage of pregnant women in the PHU area reported alcohol consumption, drug exposure and smoking.

10) New Business

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b) Appointment of Auditors

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.

Carried

11) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

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.

Carried

12)  Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

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.

Carried