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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on October 23, 2015, Timmins Office, Board Room

Approved by Board, December 11, 2015—Steve Black

Present:

  • Steve Black
  • Michael Shea
  • Andrew Marks
  • Laurier Duciaume
  • André Grzela
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Sue Perras
  • Michel Brière
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Gil Hébert
  • André Rhéaume
  • Drago Stefanic

Staff:

  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Chantal Riopel
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Joelle Aubin  

1) Call to Order

Steve Black, Chair, 5:00 p.m.

2) Additions to/Approval of Agenda

Additions:

9) New Business

a) Board Meeting Times – S. Black

b) New PHU Building – S. Black

c) Stand-Up Program – A. Rhéaume

d) French No-Smoking Signs – A. Rhéaume

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.

Carried

3) Adoption of Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held September 18, 2015 be approved.

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

D. West spoke to the following correspondence:

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Re: Request for Changes to the Municipal Act to Authorize the use of Electronic Means of Participation of Local Boards and Committees of Local Boards

Copy of letter, dated September 10th, to Minister Ted McMeekin, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, and Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, regarding their Board’s resolution requesting that the Act be amended to specifically authorize the use of electronic means of participation at meetings of local boards and committees of boards, with prescribed measures in place.

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Re: Public Health Funding

Copy of letter, dated September 25th, to Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, advising of their Board’s resolution #2015-88, supporting the Porcupine Health Unit’s resolution, opposing the new funding model.

Corporation of the Town of Iroquois Falls

Re: Public Health Funding

Copy of resolution #2015-233, dated September 28th, supporting the Porcupine Health Unit’s resolution, opposing the new funding model.

Corporation of the Township of Hornepayne

Re: Public Health Funding

Copy of resolution #12341, dated October 9th, supporting the Porcupine Health Unit’s resolution, opposing the new funding model.

The Regional Municipality of Durham Region

Re: Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Program

Copy of letter, dated September 29th, to Premier Wynne, supporting Sudbury & District Health Unit’s resolution #28-15, urging the Ontario government to fully fund all program costs related to the HBHC program, including all staffing, operating and administrative costs.

Re: Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils’ Act (ISPA)

Copy of letter, dated September 29th, to Premier Wynne, supporting Sudbury & District Health Unit’s resolution #25-15, urging the Ontario government to require healthcare providers to report to the local Medical Officer of Health, all immunizations administered to patients under 18 years of age, through a common electronic database.

Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Re: Energy Drinks

Copy of letter, dated September 30th, to Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, supporting correspondence from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, regarding banning the marketing of high calorie, low-nutrient foods, beverages and snacks to children under the age of 12, and banning point-of-sale promotions and displays of high-calorie, low nutrient foods and beverages in retail settings, beginning with sugar-sweetened beverages.

Re: Public Health Support for a Basic Income Guarantee

Copy of letter, dated September 30th, to Minister Poilievre, Minister of Employment & Social Development, Minister Ambrose, Ministry of Health, Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, Minister Matthews, Minister responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Minister Leitch and Minister Flynn, Ministry of Labour, and Minister MacCharles, Minister of Children & Youth Services, supporting correspondence from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, regarding joint federal-provincial consideration for a basic income guarantee for Ontarians and all Canadians, and echoing the recommendations originally outlined by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, urging their governments to undertake this initiative in order to address the extensive health inequities in our province, and across the country.

Re: Northern Ontario Evacuations of First Nations Communities

Copy of letter, dated September 30th, to Premier Wynne, supporting Sudbury & District Health Unit’s resolution #32-15, regarding evacuations of First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, to address the needs of these vulnerable communities, and ensure their safe, efficient and effective temporary relocation when faced with environmental and weather-related threats.

Re: Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils’ Act (ISPA)

Copy of letter, dated September 30th, to Minister Hoskins, MOHLTC, supporting Sudbury & District Health Unit’s resolution #25-15, urging his government to consider amending the Act to require all healthcare providers to electronically report immunizations for all children attending school in Ontario, in a timely and accurate manner.

6) Program Manager Reports

Preschool Speech and Language Program

Cochrane District Preschool Speech and Language Program

Betty Ann Horbul, Program Manager

Betty Ann spoke to her written report, focusing on the Special Needs Strategy (SNS), noting that, in the Spring of 2014, the four Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Community and Social Services, Education, and Health and Long-Term Care launched the SNS to improve services for children and youth with special needs. The Cochrane Preschool Speech and Language System (PSL) is part of two planning tables: James Bay Coast and Timiskaming/Cochrane.

The Coordinated Service Planning (CPS) proposal for both planning tables was submitted by the deadline of June 30th. A centralized wait list will be managed by Cochrane Timiskaming Children’s Treatment Centre. The PSL program will provide a rolling transition from preschool to school speech and language services. Teams will work closely together to ensure the most appropriate service in a variety of locations - home, day care, school, and community. As part of the governance model proposed, the Porcupine Health Unit – Healthy Babies Healthy Children and Preschool Speech and Language Program will have representation on the CPS/Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) Steering Committee. The James and Hudson Bay Coast IDRS has provided the Ministries with a business case to expand community based rehabilitation services to the six communities in the region.

Communication skills are critical for success. The first years of life are very important for learning speech and language. The 18 month enhanced well baby visit screens for speech and communication delays.

Public Health Inspection

Bob Bell, Manager, Public Health Inspection Services

A written report was provided in the Board package, regarding Public Health Inspection department statistics from January to September 30, 2015. As Bob Bell was not present to speak to his report, Board members who had questions were asked to forward them, via email.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Toddler and Preschooler NutriSTEP

Victoria Hall, Public Health Dietitian

Andrew Marks thanked Ms. Hall for providing an informative presentation regarding Toddler and Preschooler NutriSTEP.

b) Motor Speech Assessment and Treatment Research Project

Linda Malette-Durepos, Program Coordinator

Andrew Marks thanked Linda for providing an informative presentation on the Motor Speech Assessment and Treatment Research Project.

8) Resource Committee Report

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Gilles Chartrand
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b) 2015 Budget and Per Capita Rate

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Gil Hébert

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit establish its net budget for the year 2016 at $14,231,900. This budget covers both cost shared and 100% funded programs.

Carried

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Gilles Chartrand

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit establish its 2016 per capita rate at $35.03, based on a population of 64,597 for the purposes of assessing its obligated municipalities for the year 2016.

Carried

9) New Business

a)   Board Meeting Times – S. Black

Steve Black inquired as to the possibility of moving our meeting times back 1 hour, starting with the Program Committee meeting at 3:00 pm.

The Board members advised that this would not be possible due to work schedules.

b) New PHU Building – S. Black

Steve Black requested that a report on the status of the progress regarding the new PHU Building be provided in January. 

c) Stand-Up Program – A. Rhéaume

Joelle Aubin, Program Manager, advised that the Stand Up Program is an evidence based program that provides 12 weeks of exercises and education on addressing risks, and where to access services to do so. The PHU staff have supported communities interested in providing this Program by bringing training in the area to train facilitators, assisted with pre and post testing, and to provide support for first time partners. With limited staff capacity in some branch offices, it has been a challenge to provide that support.

d) French No-Smoking Signs – A. Rhéaume

André Rhéaume advised that he was pleased that the supply of French No-Smoking signs have arrived, and that he would be bringing them back to Hearst for distribution.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held August 19 and September 10, 2015 be received for information.

Carried

b) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Andrew Marks

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held June 19, 2015 be received for information.

Carried

c) Resource Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Gil Hébert

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held June 19, 2015 be received for information.

Carried

11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on December 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried