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A Message from the Medical Officer of Health A Message from the Chair of the Board of Health 2014 Financial Highlights  2015-2016 Corporate Priorities Community Partnerships Facts and Stats for 2014
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Our organization is now known as Hastings Prince Edward Public Health as a result of a decision made by the Board of Health in 2014. The change of name from Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit was made in order to better reflect the work performed here. The construction of a new main office building in Belleville for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health was an area of much focus and attention by the Board of Health in 2014. Despite some initial weather-related setbacks in terms of building schedule, significant progress was made during the year. This project was funded entirely by internal cost-savings, a testament to the foresight and strategic thinking of past Boards of Health. The new Belleville building represents a substantial improvement, with several enhanced features: - More suitable and private space for client consultations; - Better security for both staff and visitors; - Improved building access; - Improved traffic flow, inside and out;
An important role of the Board of Health is advocacy. In 2014, the Board of Health expressed its serious concern about local food insecurity to the Ontario government. Having the second highest rate of food insecurity in Ontario, a large number Hastings and Prince Edward County residents are at risk for serious health issues arising from the inability to afford healthy food. In closing, I wish to express my gratitude to the members of our Board of Health. All of these individuals took their mission of enabling the people of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to achieve and maintain optimum health through excellent provision of health protection and health promotion programs seriously.  It is my pleasure to serve as Chair, and I tip my hat to Jim McBride, who very capably helmed this Board in 2014.
- A demonstration kitchen, where food skills training will be provided; - Energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; - Sufficient space to house the Environmental Health Department, which had been working out of rented facilities on Millennium Parkway for 11 years. The new building represents a major step forward in the way we provide public health services to the residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. It provides more appropriate space for the type of services we provide today, while creating efficiencies in our operations. This space will serve our residents well for decades to come. In February, 2014, the Board of Health approved its latest strategic plan.  You will see accountability indicator highlights throughout this report. This demonstrates the performance of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health against targets set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We performed very well and I congratulate all Public Health employees for their contributions to this outcome.
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Terry McGuigan - Board of Health Chair
Message from the Chair of the Board of Health
Travel - $214,397
Building Occupancy - $576,440
2014 Financial Highlights
Office Expense & Administration - $534,150
$14,746,820
Salaries - $9,190,858
Revenues
Program Supplies - $912,805
Provincial Funding - $11,943,950
Benefits - $2,325,200
Expenditures
Professional & Purchased Services - $748,760
Municipal Levies - $3,171,278
Total Revenues
Amortization expense - $147,386
Federal Funding - $134,365
$15,765,706
2014 audited financial statements
Rental Revenue & Interest Income - $25,301
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Total Expenses
Staff Training - $96,824
Expenditure Recoveries - $490,812
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2015 - 2016 Corporate Priorities
4. Strengthen organizational capacity. This involves developing external and internal communication strategies, optimizing the use of technology to meet operational needs and enhance communications, and assessing human resources to address priority needs. 5. Enhance staff development and leadership opportunities. This involves ensuring role clarity through updated job descriptions, providing opportunities for leadership and management skill development, and providing training opportunities that support the delivery of innovative, high quality services.
Our organizational priorities for the two-year period ending December 31, 2016 are as follows: 1. Promote evidence-informed practices and excellence in service delivery. This involves supporting the development of nursing practice with the Chief Nursing Officer’s leadership, promoting the efficient, effective and accountable management of public health resources, and incorporating evaluation techniques into program delivery. 2. Increase community engagement and responsiveness. This involves reviewing and expanding community partnerships to maximize service opportunities and community engagement. 3. Ensure compliance with legislative and provincial standards. This involves meeting the Ontario Public Health Standards, continuing to develop our privacy and security program, and implementing a multi-year accessibility plan in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 
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The Ontario Public Health organizational standards require Boards of Health to ensure that a stakeholder engagement strategy is developed and implemented. This includes establishing and participating in collaborative partnerships and coalitions which address public health issues with non-health sector partners. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of active partnerships with community-based agencies. One such partnership is the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) - a road safety partnership with the police services of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.  The goal of the QRTC is to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injury and death on roads, trails, and waterways in this area. Strategies include what is known as the 3 “E’s” of injury prevention: Education, Enforcement and Engineering. Formed in 2009, evolving from the highly successful Aggressive Driving Kills campaign, the QRTC was officially re-launched in August, 2013 after developing a Strategic Road Safety Action Plan. 
Community Partnerships
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- There were 73 cases of influenza (the second highest reportable infection in our area) - There were 33 confirmed cases of Salmonellosis (the highest reportable enteric infection in our area) - There were 29 confirmed cases of Campylobacter enteritis (the second highest reportable enteric infection in our area) - 2,600+ immunizations were administered to 600 people in our routine immunization clinics - 4,412 immunizations were administered to school students - 591 clients were seen at our travel immunization clinics For further information about Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, contact us.
Facts and Stats for 2014
- 250 individuals received access to our e-learning program, The Gift of Motherhood. - 208 expectant mothers attended our breastfeeding classes and 173 expectant mothers attended our preparation for parenting classes. - 5,680 students (or 92% of eligible students) received an oral health school screening in the 2013/14 school year - 51% of new mothers were exclusively breastfeeding at hospital discharge and 41% were exclusively breastfeeding at 2 weeks postpartum  - 102 We Can Quit Smoking clinics were delivered in Belleville and Quinte West, with 315 clients participating and 1,625 individual counselling sessions provided - There was a 35% quit rate among We Can Quit Smoking clients six months’ post-treatment/discharge - 344 counselling sessions were provided to women in the Quit Smoking Prenatal/Postnatal program, with a 28% quit rate at six months’ post-discharge - 861 Smoke-Free Ontario Act inspections were conducted with 88 charges laid due to infractions of the Act - There were 360 cases of chlamydia (the highest reportable infection in our area)
Our Performance Fact 1
Percent of high-risk food premises inspected once every 4 months while in operation: 100% (target: 100%)
Our Performance Fact 3
Percent of Class A pools inspected while in operation: 90.9% (target: 100%)
Our Performance Fact 2
Percent of tobacco retailers inspected once per year for compliance with display, handling and promotion sections of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act: 100% (target: 100%)
Our Performance Fact 4
Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) Status: Designated (target: Designated)
Our Performance Fact 5
Implementation status of NutriSTEP  Preschool Screen: Intermediate (target: Preliminary)
Percent of personal service settings inspected annually: 99.5% (target: 98%)
Our Performance Fact 6
Our Performance Fact 7
Percent of suspected rabies exposures reported with investigation initiated within one day of public health unit notification: 100% (no target set for 2014)
Our Performance Fact 8
Percent of tobacco retailers inspected twice per year for compliance with Section 3 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act: 100% (target: 100%)
Percent of tobacco vendors in compliance with youth access legislation at the time of last inspection: 99.3% (target: ≥90%)
Our Performance Fact 9
Percent of moderate-risk food premises inspected once every 6 months while in operation: 98.5% (target: 100%)
Our Performance Fact 10
Percent of refrigerators storing publicly funded vaccines that have received a completed routine annual cold chain inspection: 100% (target: 100%)
Our Performance Fact 11
- A demonstration kitchen, where food skills training will be provided; - Energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; - Sufficient space to house the Environmental Health Department, which had been working out of rented facilities on Millennium Parkway for 11 years. The new building represents a major step forward in the way we provide public health services to the residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. It provides more appropriate space for the type of services we provide today, while creating efficiencies in our operations. This space will serve our residents well for decades to come. In February, 2014, the Board of Health approved its latest strategic plan.  You will see accountability indicator highlights throughout this report. This demonstrates the performance of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health against targets set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We performed very well and I congratulate all Public Health employees for their contributions to this outcome.
A Message from the Chair of the Board of Health
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2015-2016 Corporate Priorities
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Community Partnerships
Facts and Stats for 2014
- There were 73 cases of influenza (the second highest reportable infection in our area) - There were 33 confirmed cases of Salmonellosis (the highest reportable enteric infection in our area) - There were 29 confirmed cases of Campylobacter enteritis (the second highest reportable enteric infection in our area) - 2,600+ immunizations were administered to 600 people in our routine immunization clinics - 4,412 immunizations were administered to school students - 591 clients were seen at our travel immunization clinics For further information about Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, contact us.
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2. A Message from the  Medical Officer of Health 3. A Message from the Chair of the Board of Health 4. 2014 Financial Highlights  5. 2015-2016 Corporate Priorities 6. Community Partnerships 7. Facts and Stats for 2014
2014 Financial Highlights
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We also initiated a new online, e-learning prenatal education program, “The Gift of Motherhood”. The program offers information about having a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, preparing for parenting,  and labour and delivery. In-person classes remain available. Our 2015/16 corporate priorities are outlined later in this report. I encourage you to review them to better understand our current areas of focus. I look forward to reporting how we performed against these priorities in our 2015 annual report. Have a healthy year.
This report summarizes our activities for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014. There was significant progress made on the construction of our new main office building at 179 North Park Street in Belleville. We subsequently moved into this facility in March, 2015.  From a disease outbreak perspective, 2014 presented a couple of important events. The first was Ebola Virus, which was a serious concern in West Africa. Although there were concerns in Belleville due to an Emergency Department patient who had travelled in the affected areas, there have been no cases in Canada and the risk of disease transmission here is negligible.  The second disease outbreak that raised public concern was Measles. A handful of cases were identified in Toronto and the Niagara region, prompting Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and other provincial health units to reinforce the availability of our Immunization Clinics. In the area we serve, we have approximately 95% Measles vaccine coverage for school-aged children. In order to prevent the spread of Measles, we need 96-99% immunization coverage. As per routine, we monitored the health population trends in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. 
Of concern in 2014 were the following:
Dr. Richard Schabas - Medical Officer of Health
1. Food Insecurity- This area has the second highest rate of food insecurity in Ontario, involving 1 in 9 households (more than 17,600 local residents). 2. Smoking Rates- 19.8% of our population 12 years of age or older is a daily or occasional smoker (higher than the provincial average). - An increasing number of residents are using e-cigarettes, which are unregulated with little information about long-term health effects. 3. Alcohol Use- Approximately 50% of residents drink alcohol in a way that puts their health at risk. 4. Reproductive Health- Births to mothers under 20 years of age have decreased since 2010, but remain higher than the provincial rate. - Rates of low birth weight babies have increased since 2008. - More mothers smoke at the time of their child’s birth when compared with the Ontario rate. - Attendance at local parenting preparation and breastfeeding classes decreased in 2014.
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A Message from the Medical Officer of Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health achieved its Baby-Friendly Initiative designation from the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada in 2014.  Our organization was the 15th public health agency out of 36 in Ontario to achieve this milestone, which demonstrates our commitment to providing programs and services that support families in our community. We want to help mothers make informed decisions about infant feeding methods and support them with their feeding decision, whether they choose to breastfeed or not.  We launched a Baby Feeding Drop-In program in January, 2014 in Belleville and Quinte West. This new service provides regular support and information for new parents to answer baby feeding and nutrition questions. The Baby Feeding Drop-Ins welcome newborn babies and beyond. This program compliments our Breastfeeding Consultation service, which offers in-depth assessment and assistance with breastfeeding challenges. 
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health achieved its Baby-Friendly Initiative designation from the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada in 2014.  Our organization was the 15th public health agency out of 36 in Ontario to achieve this milestone, which demonstrates our commitment to providing programs and services that support families in our community. We want to help mothers make informed decisions about infant feeding methods and support them with their feeding decision, whether they choose to breastfeed or not.  We launched a Baby Feeding Drop-In program in January, 2014 in Belleville and Quinte West. This new service provides regular support and information for new parents to answer baby feeding and nutrition questions. The Baby Feeding Drop-Ins welcome newborn babies and beyond. This program compliments our Breastfeeding Consultation service, which offers in-depth assessment and assistance with breastfeeding challenges. 
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A Message from the Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Richard Schabas - Medical Officer of Health