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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on June 27, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room

Present:

  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Sue Perras
  • Michel Brière
  • André Rheaume
  • Pat Bamford
  • Claude Bourassa
  • Rick Lafleur

Staff:

  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Sue Lajoie
  • Joëlle Aubin
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Chantal Riopel

Recorder:  Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

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

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Micheal Shea
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

Addition:  8) RESOURCE COMMITTEE REPORT

d) Meal Allowance Rates

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved as amended.

Carried

3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Michel Shea

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held May 25, 2018 be approved.

Carried

4) Business Arising from Minutes

None.

5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Perth District Health Unit

Re: Repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code

  • Copy of letter, dated June 14th, to Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, supporting Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s letter regarding the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code.

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Re: Dedicated Funding for Local Public Health Agencies from Cannabis Sales Taxation Revenue 

  • Copy of letter, dated June 18th, to Premier-Elect Doug Ford, supporting correspondence from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, urging the provincial government to dedicate a portion of the cannabis excise tax revenue from the federal government to local Public Health agencies in Ontario.

Re: Recommendations/Resolution Report – Oral Health Report Update 2018

  • Copy of letter, dated June 18th, to Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, in support of their Board’s resolution, regarding municipal water fluoridation.

Re: Youth Exposure to Smoking in Movies

  • Copy of letter, dated June 18th, to the Ontario Film Review Board, supporting recommendations from Peterborough Public Health, regarding increased regulations to protect kids and teens from smoking in movies. 

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Catton thanked the Board of Health (BOH) for their support and involvement with the Strategic Plan, as reviewed during the Program Committee meeting.

The Northeast Public Health Collaborative Project is underway and the northeast health units met with the consultants Lough Barnes Consulting Group (LBCG) in Sudbury, to review the project.  The first part of the process will be consultations with the management team. We are looking to see if options exist to work together to address increasing demands in public health while maintaining our strong local connections.

The evaluation plan for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) cultural competency training is almost complete. Next steps will be to confirm details of the Cultural Competency framework which will include training for staff and BOH members; as well as policy development. This work will be key in further developing meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and to better address public health issues for all community members.

The PHU inspection team and the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) attended a meeting with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and the City of Timmins (COT) in May to discuss Porcupine Lake. The COT is waiting for the MOECC’s review of the 2017 report, and the PHU requested copies of the reports for review with Public Health Ontario (PHO).  Public health units in Ontario are responsible to test public beaches, typically defined as those with lifeguards, for the presence of bacteria. The PHU tests the beach on Porcupine Lake weekly during the summer for bacteria, and it has not been posted for adverse results since 2013.

Dr. Catton was invited to attend the Northeastern Ontario Family Health Team Directors meeting, to discuss public health in the northeast. There is an interest in continued communication to increase collaborations and potentially address cross-cutting themes such as health equity, which impacts both primary care and public health.

The PHU has met with key community partners to formally define a Local Opiate Early Warning System as per the Harm Reduction Enhancement. This includes Timmins Police Service (TPS), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), Timmins Fire Department, Coroner’s Office and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS). A commitment was made by all partners to increase communication regarding any concerns with respect to opiate overdoes in the community while the formal details of the warning system are determined. While several of these partners represent many PHU communities, other local partners, such as hospitals will be engaged in each community. The overall Local Opiate Early Warning System will be for the entire PHU region.

The Moosonee office has been facing some staffing challenges with recent departures and a maternity leave. Two managers visited the office and met with key community partners to ensure ongoing service provision until staffing is secured. The PHU is exploring options for local public health staff, and will also plan for increased travel of staff from other communities as needed.

Healthy Growth and Development

BREASTFEEDING - Chantal Riopel, Program Manager

Chantal Riopel spoke to her written report noting the comparisons of infant feeding methods at hospital discharge between the Porcupine Health Unit and the Province from 2008-2017.  With the Porcupine Health Unit implementing strategies to increase the breastfeeding initiation rates in our region, these rates are improving. In 2008, the rate at hospital discharge was 67% and has increased to 80% in 2017.

Nutrition Services and Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, NUTRITION AND HEALTHY WEIGHT – Joëlle Aubin, Program Manager

Joëlle Aubin spoke to her written report noting all the factors that affect healthy weights, and the activities to mitigate the issue.  Joëlle also noted that physical activity plays a vital role in the health and well-being of people of all ages, and is associated with positive outcomes relating to body weight status, cardio metabolic markers, chronic disease prevention and mental health.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Porcupine Health Unit Strategic Plan

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

WHEREAS, the Organizational Requirements of the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2018, stipulate that the Board of Health shall have a strategic plan that establishes local strategic priorities, includes input from staff, clients, and community partners, and is reviewed at least every other year; and

WHEREAS, the Porcupine Health Unit has engaged in a thorough review and engagement process to develop a new strategic plan;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit endorse the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and direct the Medical Officer of Health to operationalize the Strategic Plan and develop a monitoring process to provide progress reports to the Board regarding its implementation.

Carried

8) Resource Committee Report

a)  Staff Changes

MOVED BY: André Rhéaume
SECONDED BY: Pat Bamford

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.

Carried

b)  New Hearst Office

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit provide a lump sum payment, as recommended by the Resource Committee, to the landlord of our new office location, in Hearst, upon the Health Unit taking possession of the leased space.

Carried

c)  Management Employment Policies

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit approve the Management Employment Policies, as circulated.

Carried

d)  Meal Allowance Rates

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit approve the following meal allowance rates, effective July 1, 2018.

                                     In Health Unit Area         Out of Health Unit Area

             Breakfast                 $12.00                              $20.00
             Lunch                      $18.00                               $25.00
             Supper                     $30.00                              $45.00
             Total                        $60.00                              $90.00

Carried

9) New Business

None.

10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Gilles Chartrand
SECONDED BY:Micheal Shea       

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held April 20, 2018 be received for information.

Carried

b) Resource Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur 

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held April 20, 2018 be received for information.

Carried

c) Management Committee Meeting

MOVED BY:Michel Brière
SECONDED BY:Sue Perras

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held May 10, 2018 be received for information.

Carried

11) Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Pat Bamford
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.

Carried