Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/January 6, 2016 — The Board of Health for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) held its first regular monthly meeting of Fiscal 2016 in Belleville today.
Leadership and Committee Appointments
The first order of business was the appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair for the Board. Terry McGuigan (Province of Ontario Appointee) was re-elected as Chair and JoAnne Albert, Mayor of the Municipality of Tweed (County of Hastings), was re-appointed as Vice-Chair.
The Board welcomed Bernice Jenkins, Mayor of the Town of Bancroft (County of Hastings), as a new Member. Bernice replaces Bonnie Adams, Reeve of the Township of Carlow Mayo (County of Hastings). Bernice served on the Board of Health in the past, in 2011.
Returning members of the Board of Health include:
-Jo-Anne Albert - Mayor of the Municipality of Tweed (County of Hastings)
-Egerton Boyce – City of Belleville Councillor
-Jim Dunlop – County of Prince Edward Councillor
-Kevin Gale – County of Prince Edward Councillor
-Deborah Goulden - Province of Ontario Appointee
-Michael Kotsovos – City of Quinte West Councillor
-Douglas Lafreniere - Province of Ontario Appointee
-James McBride - Province of Ontario Appointee
-Terry McGuigan - Province of Ontario Appointee
-Jack Miller - City of Belleville Councillor
-Maureen Piercy - Province of Ontario Appointee
-Karen Sharpe – City of Quinte West Councillor
Members were selected for the Accommodation, Finance, and Governance Committees.
LHINs Involvement in Public Health
Since its last monthly meeting, the Board of Health has received several communications from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regarding a change in funding for Public Health services in Ontario. The Ministry has determined that the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will have an active role in planning and delivery of public health services from a monetary perspective effective April, 2017. The Board of Health will invite the LHIN Chair and Members to a meeting in the next couple of months to discuss this new direction.
Concerns with New Provincial Funding Formula
As identified at the Board of Health meeting in October, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has implemented a new funding formula for public health agencies, whereby 28 of the 36 Ontario agencies, including HPEPH, have had their base funding being red-circled with no increase in funding for most programs. This funding model is expected to continue for at least six more years. The Board of Health is meeting with area Members of Provincial Parliament to discuss concerns about the impact that this formula will have on service provision. The Board met with MPP Lou Rinaldi in early December and is meeting with MPP Todd Smith today.
Union Contract Settlements
The Board was informed that three-year contracts have been signed with the organization's two unions: The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA). The new contracts include salary increases of 1.75% in the first year (2015), 1.25% in the second year (2016) and 1.0% in the third year (2017).
About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) operates one of 36 health units across Ontario. HPEPH provides dozens of programs and services, along with reliable health information, to a population of approximately 150,000 people in a 7,000 square km catchment area encompassing 17 municipalities. HPEPH's mission is to enable the people in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to achieve and maintain optimal health through health protection and promotion, as well as disease and injury prevention. For more information, please visit www.hpepublichealth.ca . You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Richard Schabas, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health
Phone: 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 200