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Building Healthy Communities

Where people live has as much influence on their health as how they live.

The built environment includes the settings where we live, work, learn, and play. Buildings, streets, parks, agricultural lands, road systems, land use patterns, and density are features that affect a person’s ability to make healthy choices and reduce their risk of injury and exposure to health hazards.

The built environment can affect:

  • level of physical activity
  • ease of access to healthy food
  • aging in place
  • safety of travel
  • air and water quality
  • access to jobs and services
  • social interaction
  • mental well-being
  • opportunities for recreation

Healthy Public Policy

Healthy public policy recognizes that policies outside of the health sector, and in all levels of government, have a deep impact on health. This is because these other sectors have an enormous impact on the social determinants of health and their distribution within society.

In Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, municipal leaders are well-positioned to make policies, plans, and by-laws that positively affect health. Decisions that are made today about community design, transportation systems, housing, access to recreation, and availability of legal substances contribute to the health of communities now and in the future.

Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach used to advance healthy public policy, “where health becomes systemized as a standard part of the policy-formation process, and agencies are driven to integrate the policy formation under a health lens” (World Health Organization).

HiAP enables governments to make policies that address their priorities while simultaneously supporting the well-being of residents. Through an HiAP approach, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and local municipal stakeholders can work toward a shared goal of improving population health in HPEC and reducing health inequities among residents. Collaboration between municipalities and public health can help to maximize budgets and proactively address rising demands in health care and social services.

Working With Municipalities

To promote healthy living environments, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health works with municipalities and community organizations to create community settings that support health.

Public Health engages with municipalities to:

  • Provide information about the well-being of residents
  • Build capacity in healthy public policy through education and facilitation
  • Help define how HiAP can fit within municipal processes
  • Provide a health lens to municipal policies by commenting on policy documents such as official plans and plan updates

Municipal Official Plans play an important role in designing communities in a way that promotes and protects the health of residents and visitors. The Building Complete and Sustainable Communities: Healthy Policies for Official Plans  provides healthy public policy recommendations to municipalities when reviewing their official plans.

Additional Resources

Need More Information About Building Healthy Communities?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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