Ottawa Board of Health
Conseil de santé d’Ottawa
MINUTES 9 / PROCÈS-VERBAL 9
Monday, January 16, 2012, 6 p.m.
le lundi 16 janvier 2012, 18 h
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Salle Champlain, 110, avenue Laurier Ouest
Contact for the Ottawa Board of Health
Personne-ressource pour le Conseil de santé d'Ottawa :
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The Ottawa Board of Health met in the Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, on January 16, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Chair, Diane Holmes, presided over the meeting.
1. ANNOUCEMENTS/CEREMONIAL ACTIVITIES
The Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health received a Smoke-Free Champion award and presented postcards to Chair Holmes.
2. ROLL CALL
All members were present with the exception of Members Richer and Hutchinson.
3. CONFIRMATION OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR
CONFIRMATION DE LA PRÉSIDENTE ET DU VICE-PRÉSIDENT
That the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit confirm Member Holmes as its Chair and Member Kapur as its Vice-Chair for 2012, to be confirmed at the first meeting of each year of its term as required by the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
(INCLUDING THOSE ORIGINALLY ARISING FROM PRIOR MEETINGS)
(Y COMPRIS CEUX DÉCOULANT DE RÉUNIONS ANTÉRIEURES)
No declarations were received.
Members Richer and Hutchinson advised that they would be absent from the Board meeting of January 16, 2012.
6. Confirmation of minutes
Adoption Du PROCÈS-VERBAL
The Minutes of the meeting of November 21, 2011 were confirmed.
The seven communications items listed in Appendix A were received.
Staff were directed to examine a report from the Middlesex-London Health Unit Board of Health entitled “Nutritious Food Basket Costing Survey Results For 2011 And The Opportunities For Action” and report back on the recommendations as part of a report to be tabled in Q2 of 2012. This report is the third item in Appendix A.
8. MOTION TO INTRODUCE REPORTS
MOTION PORTANT PRÉSENTATION DE RAPPORTS
MOTION NO. 9/1
Moved by Member Chernushenko
That the Confirmation of Chair and Vice-Chair report; Medical Officer of Health’s verbal report; the Interim Report on Ottawa Public Health’s Response to the Community Infection Control Lapse; Cancer in Ottawa 2012 report; Morbidity and Mortality in Ottawa 2012 report; Strategic Priorities 2011-2014: Link to Operational Activities, 2012 report; and the Attendance at the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) 2012 Winter Symposium report be received and considered.
A. MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH VERBAL REPORT
RAPPORT VERBAL DU MÉDECIN CHEF EN SANTÉ PUBLIQUE
That the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit receive this report for information.
B. Interim report on oTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH’s response to the community infection control lapse
rAPPORT PROVISOIRE SUR LA RÉACTION DE sANTÉ PUBLIQUE oTTAWA FACE AUX LACUNES EN MATIÈRE DE prévention des infections dans la collectivité
1. Receive this report for information.
2. Recommend to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care that the Province:
· Explore the future duties, roles and responsibilities of local public health units, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Public Health Ontario (PHO), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and individual physicians with regards to informing and follow-up of patients about infection control and prevention lapses in out-of-hospital health care premises, and consider, as appropriate, inviting the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), other Federal, Provincial and Territorial ministries and agencies and academic institutions to participate in, or inform, discussions in this regard;
· Develop a contingency plan to assist Ontario public health units to respond to similar situations in the future; and
· Develop policies for 100% extraordinary provincial funding to Ontario public health units to allay the costs associated with such events.
3. Recommend, in addition, to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care that the Province:
· Advocate that medical residency programs include enhanced training on current infection control procedures relevant to the specialty and that professional specialty societies support further relevant continuing education on infection control; and
· Encourage the CPSO to continue its out-of-hospital inspection program and consider increasing the frequency of inspections.
CARRIED, as amended by the following Motion:
MOTION NO. 9/2
Moved by Member Keeley
That recommendation 3 be amended to add the following:
· The CPSO consider a strategy for its membership with respect to enhanced training and general awareness of infection control procedures.
C. CANCER IN OTTAWA 2012
LE CANCER À OTTAWA, 2012
That the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit receive the Cancer in Ottawa 2012 report and the accompanying Cancer in Ottawa 2012: Knowledge to Action Report for information.
D. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IN OTTAWA 2012
MORBIDITÉ ET MORTALITÉ À OTTAWA, 2012
That the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit receive the Morbidity and Mortality in Ottawa 2012 report for information.
E. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2011-2014; lINK TO OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES, 2012
PRIORITÉS STRATÉGIQUES POUR LA PÉRIODE 2011-2014; LIEN AVEC LES ACTIVITÉS OPÉRATIONNELLES DE 2012
That the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit:
1. Receive this report for information; and
2. Direct staff to provide this report to the City Manager’s Office of the City of Ottawa to ensure Council is made aware of Board priorities and how they align to the City's.
F. ATTENDANCE AT THE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES (alPHa) 2012 WINTER SYMPOSIUM
PRÉSENCE AU COLLOQUE D’HIVER 2012 DE ‘L’ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCIES’ (alPHa)
That the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit approve the attendance of Chair Holmes and Member Harder at the Association of Local Public Health Agencies’ (alPHa) Winter Symposium, to be held February 9-10, 2012 in Toronto.
9. MOTION TO ADOPT REPORTS
MOTION PORTANT ADOPTION DE RAPPORTS
MOTION NO. 9/3
Moved by Member Chernushenko
That the Confirmation of Chair and Vice-Chair report; Medical Officer of Health’s verbal report; the Interim Report on Ottawa Public Health’s Response to the Community Infection Control Lapse; Cancer in Ottawa 2012 report; Morbidity and Mortality in Ottawa 2012 report; Strategic Priorities 2011-2014: Link to Operational Activities, 2012 report; and the Attendance at the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) 2012 Winter Symposium report be received and adopted as amended.
10. MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN PREVIOUSLY
MOTION DONT AVIS A ÉTÉ DONNÉE ANTÉRIEUREMENT
MOTION NO. 9/4
Moved by Member Fullerton
That the motion in item 9 be amended to strike out the wording “immediate coverage from OHIP to ensure” where it occurs in the resolution.
MOTION NO. 9/5
Moved by Member Kapur
Whereas all immigrant applicants to Canada are required to undergo an Immigration Medical Examination prior to entry, which screens for infectious tuberculosis (TB);
Whereas medical surveillance is conducted on new immigrants who are identified as being at risk for developing pulmonary TB;
Whereas nine out of ten people with active TB in Ottawa were born outside of Canada;
Whereas landed immigrants to Canada are required under regulation 552 of Ontario’s Health Insurance Act to wait three months before Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage is issued;
Whereas New Brunswick announced the removal of the waiting period for healthcare coverage for new immigrants in February 2010 and the Province of Quebec has a range of exemptions to the waiting period including, communicable disease control and childhood immunization;
Whereas pulmonary TB can be transmitted to others and communicable diseases are of concern for the health of the broader population;
Whereas Ottawa Public Health is mandated to ensure the protection of our communities from preventable, serious illness at school, work and home;
Whereas the delay in OHIP coverage for newly arrived landed immigrants who develop active TB is a gap in Ottawa Public Health’s ability to provide comprehensive TB management and increases the risk of serious infectious diseases in our community;
Therefore be it resolved that the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit send a letter, to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, on behalf of the Ottawa Board of Health, advocating that new immigrants who have tested positive for latent tuberculosis infection, be able to receive immediate coverage from OHIP to ensure timely and effective treatment to prevent the development of active tuberculosis disease.
11. NOTICES OF MOTION (FOR CONSIDERATION AT SUBSEQUENT MEETING)
AVIS DE MOTION (POUR EXAMEN LORS D’UNE RÉUNION SUBSÉQUENTE)
12. CONFIRMATION BY-LAW
RÈGLEMENT DE RATIFICATION
MOTION NO. 9/6
Moved by Member Chernushenko
That by-law no. 2012-1 be read and passed:
A by-law of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit to confirm the proceedings of the Ottawa Board of Health at its meeting of January 16, 2012.
13. INFORMATION PREVIOUSLY DISTRIBUTED
INFORMATION DISTRIBUÉE AUPARAVANT
No information was previously distributed.
14. OTHER BUSINESS
There was no other business.
DEMANDES DE RENSEIGNEMENTS
No inquiries were received.
LEVÉE DE LA SÉANCE
The Board adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
Monday, February 6, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. – Champlain Room
Le lundi 6 février 2012 – 18 h – Salle Champlain