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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on April 20, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Pat Bamford
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Michel Brière
  • Sue Perras
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Drago Stefanic
  • André Rhéaume
  • Veronica Farrell
  • Kevin Osborne
  • Steve Black

Staff:

  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Anna Gauthier
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Sue Lajoie
  • Chantal Riopel

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Gilles Chartrand, Chair, 5:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.

Carried

3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Michel Brière

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held March 1, 2018 be approved.

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Re: Vaccine Recommendations for Childcare Workers

  • Copy of letter, dated February 15th, to Premier Wynne, advising of their Board’s resolution supporting correspondence from Durham Region Public Health and the recommendations of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) with respect to providing publicly-funded vaccines for childcare workers.

Re:  Smoke-Free Modernization

  • Copy of letter, dated February 15th, to Minister Hoskins, advising of their Board’s resolution endorsing Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s recommendations to the province regarding the Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization strategy and commitment to the Tobacco Endgame for Canada.

Re:  Alcohol Retail Sales

  • Copy of letter, dated February 15th, to Minister Hoskins, advising of their Board’s resolution endorsing correspondence from Northwestern Health Unit, Algoma Public Health and Thunder Bay District Health Unit, regarding provincial action to address the potential health harms from the modernization of alcohol retail sales.

Re:  Food Insecurity /Nutritious Food Basket Costing

  • Copy of letter, dated February 15th, to Premier Wynne, advising of their Board’s resolution supporting Sudbury & District’s Board of Health resolution #48-17, regarding food insecurity and nutritious food basket costing.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts

Re:  Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campuses

  • Copy of letter, dated February 27th, to Dr. Pierre Zudel, Interim President & Vice Chancellor, Laurentian University; Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal; and William Best, President, Cambrian College, advising of their Board’s resolution #07-18, congratulating area post-secondary institutions for their tobacco-related health protective policies surpassing current provincial legislation; and urging and supporting area post-secondary institutions to enhance policies to achieve 100% tobacco and smoke-free campuses.

Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care

Re:  Funding Increase to Boards of Health

  • Copy of letter, dated April 13th, from Minister Helena Jaczek, MOHLTC regarding a 2% funding increase, to all boards of health, for the provision of public health programs and services, with a possible 1% increment, allocated based on local need.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

The draft template for reporting strategic plan updates to the Board of Health was distributed for review. The template and timeline for reporting will be reviewed at the Program Committee once the strategic plan is finalized and approved.

Dr. Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), reported that a group project for one of her final courses for her Masters of Public Health (MPH) will involve the evaluation of Indigenous cultural competency training at the Porcupine Health Unit.

Dr. Catton and the other northeastern Medical Officers of Health met with the CEO of the NE LHIN, as per Patients First Act, 2016 and the new Board of Health and LHIN Engagement Guidelines in the new Ontario Public Health Standards. The meeting was positive with a shared commitment to health equity and review of potential areas for collaboration.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES & CLINICAL SERVICES 

Sexual Health Clinic

2017  Annual Report - Lynn Leggett, Manager of Infectious Diseases & Clinical Services

Lynn Leggett, Program Manager, spoke to her written report, noting that the Porcupine Health Unit’s Sexual Health Clinic received 2,260 client visits in 2017.  These visits included cervical screening, pregnancy testing, HIV point of care/Serology testing, Hep C testing and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing.  Of these clients, 1,779 were female and 481 were male.

INFANT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) Program - Chantal Riopel, Program Manager

Chantal Riopel spoke to her written report regarding the HBHC Program, noting the number of births, prenatal, postpartum and childhood screenings, family assessments and home visiting data, for the PHU area, from 2013 to 2017.  Chantal also noted that as per the HBHC Protocol, families identified without risk by the HBHC Screen are given a package at the hospital, or sent via mail, within 48 hours of discharge.  As well, families with newborns who are experiencing challenges with breastfeeding, receive a breastfeeding telephone assessment, by a public health nurse, within 1 business day of discharge from hospital, or from receiving a referral for breastfeeding support from a service provider.

7) Program Committee Report

a)  Strategic Plan Update - Dr. Lianne Catton

Sue Perras thanked Dr. Catton for providing an update on the progress of the Porcupine Health Unit’s Strategic Plan.

b)  alPHa Board Nominee

MOVED BY:  Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Veronica Farrell

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit nominate Gilles Chartrand to stand as a candidate for election to the Association of Local Public Health Agencies Board of Directors.

Carried

8) Resource Committee Report

a)  Staff Changes

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b)  Revenues & Expenditures - Year Ended December 31, 2017

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the report of revenues and expenditures for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year ended December 31, 2017 be approved

Carried

c)  2017 Audited Financial Statements

MOVED BY: Steve Black
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the audited financial statements for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year ended December 31, 2017 be approved.

Carried

MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the audited financial statements for the Porcupine Health Unit Building Trust for the year ended December 31, 2017 be approved.

Carried

9) New Business

None.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a)  Management Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Veronica Farrell
SECONDED BY: Sue Perras

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held January 11, 2018 be received for information.

b)  Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Kevin Osborne

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held October 27, 2017 be received for information.

Carried.

c) Resource Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held October 27, 2017 be received for information.    

Carried. 

11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Veronica Farrell

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on May 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried