Held on January 26, 2018, Timmins Office, Board Room
Recorder: Maria Cook
Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), 4:00 p.m.
MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: Michele Brière
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 2018.
Rick Lafleur nominated Gilles Chartrand. Michel Brière 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 2018.
Gilles Chartrand assumed the Chair.
Gilles Chartrand called for nominations for the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Health for the year 2018.
Laurier Duciaume nominated Michael Shea. Sue Perras seconded the nomination.
Michael Shea accepted the nomination.
Gilles Chartrand called for further nominations.
Steve Black nominated Sue Perras. Sue Perras declined 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 2018.
a) Harm Reduction Program – Mary France Caron-Bruneau, Program Coordinator and Marisa Bedard, Public Health Nurse
Mary France Caron-Bruneau and Marisa Bedard provided a presented on Harm Reduction Program Enhancement, noting information with regard to local opioid response, community distribution of naloxone and early warning and surveillance.
Gilles Chartrand thanked Mary France and Marisa for their informative presentation on the Porcupine Health Unit’s Harm Reduction Program.
MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur
THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held December 1, 2017 be approved.
Don West spoke to the following correspondence:
Corporation of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls - Resolution #2017-316, dated December 18, 2017
Corporation of the Town of Iroquois Falls – Resolution #2017-242, dated December 18, 2017
Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update/report with regard to the following:
Dr. Catton reviewed the very positive feedback from both the staff and Board of Health strategic plan surveys. Overall, there was agreement with the four priority areas and feedback has been helpful in the editing process. There was also excellent staff engagement in the strategic planning exercises at the Christmas Conference. Many staff reported appreciation for the opportunity to have their voice heard. The next phase is community and key stakeholder engagement. The surveys for community engagement are in the midst of being finalized and will be available in French and English. The surveys for the general public will also be translated into Cree. There will be more in-depth interviews booked with key stakeholders.
Dr. Lianne Catton reported she and Don West have met with the other Northeastern health units to review the potential for collaborations. With decreasing budgets and increasing demands on public health, this is an opportunity to increase efficiencies and capacity. The group has applied for funding to further explore these possibilities.
The program managers and Dr. Catton continue to review the new Ontario Public Health Program Standards and assess priorities as well as areas where efficiencies are needed. As a result, there were changes made to the Nutrition Program. One dietitian joined the Family Health Team, and two joined the Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention Team, which aligns with their current work and will increase capacity to address the new standards.
Dr. Catton has invited several key community partners to join a Steering Committee regarding the development of a comprehensive community drug strategy. While we continue to address the opiate enhancements as per the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there is a need to continue work upstream to address the critical issue of substance misuse and abuse.
DENTAL SERVICES – Anna Gauthier, Program Manager
Anna Gauthier presented the Dental Services activities for 2017. A total of 4,210 children were screened to identify urgent dental needs in 51 elementary schools. Of these, 35 schools were identified as being high risk for dental disease. Overall, the Porcupine Health Unit Visual Dental Decay percentage has seen a decline, this year, and is now below the provincial average, which can be linked to the Fluoride Varnish activities done in our district area Daycare Program. The Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program continues to provide many low income families access to dental care in our area, with 211 new children enrolled in 2017. Dental staff continue to work with community partners to promote oral health and to advocate for those in the community who cannot access dental care.
MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur
THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.
MOVED BY: Michael Shea
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa
THAT MNP LLP be appointed auditors of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit for the year 2018.
MOVED BY: Laurier Duciaume
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume
THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meeting held November 23 and December 21, 2017 be received for information.
MOVED BY: Claude Bourassa
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic
THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on March 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm and that this meeting adjourn.