2. OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH 2008 ANNUAL REPORT
SANTÉ PUBLIQUE OTTAWA RAPPORT ANNUEL DE 2008
That Council receive this report for information.
Recommandation DU Comité
Que le Conseil prenne connaissance du présent rapport.
1. Deputy City Manager's report, City Operations dated 17 September 2009 (ACS2009-COS-OPH-0004).
Comité des services communautaires et de protection
and Council / et au Conseil
Directeur municipal adjoint,
Ottawa Public Health/Santé publique Ottawa
613-580-2424 x 23681, email@example.com
That the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council receive this report for information.
Que le Comité des services communautaires et de protection ainsi que le Conseil prennent connaissance du présent rapport.
The legal obligations and authority for public health in Ontario are established under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The 2008 Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services. The development and delivery of an annual report is one requirement stipulated in the OPHS.
The 2008 Annual Report gives Ottawa Public Health (OPH) the opportunity to thank community partners, volunteers and sponsors for their continued support and contributions to public health programs and services. OPH also thanks and acknowledges the leadership and support of the City of Ottawa Council as the Board of Health.
The Ottawa Public Health 2008 Annual Report also provides an overview of the programs and services that are delivered every day to keep residents of Ottawa healthy and safe. It highlights achievements and success stories, and provides information on how OPH will meet challenges in the future.
Notable service excellence initiatives from 2008 include:
- Working with Aboriginal serving organizations to develop the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Diabetes Network to ensure that the urban Aboriginal community has access to culturally relevant resources, training and approaches to preventing diabetes. Peer health professionals have recognized the Network as an innovative approach to community partnership building.
- Delivering culturally appropriate information about HIV/AIDS prevention through the Operation Hairspray Program. The Program trains African and Caribbean hairdressers and barbers on how to discuss HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections with clients. This Program has also been recognized for its innovation.
- Responding to emerging environmental health issues such as bed bugs, and health hazards such as the August 2008 listeriosis outbreak;
- Working with community organizations to improve and increase health promotion activities and interactions with members of Ottawa’s gay community;
- Providing front-line services that give babies a healthy start, raise awareness of substance-abuse among youth and promote active lifestyles for seniors; and
- Taking significant action on the revitalization of Ottawa’s Board of Health governance model with the overall goal to improve public health stewardship and increase the capacity of OPH to meet Ottawa’s health needs.
In an ever-evolving climate of heath concerns, illnesses and outbreaks, OPH strives to ensure that services reflect up to date information, are responsive and meet the needs of the community. Collecting data through systematic surveillance activities, serving as a broker of local health information, expanding partnerships at the local, regional and national levels as well as fulfilling regular reporting commitments to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care ensure that OPH provides programs that are locally relevant, culturally and linguistically appropriate and achieve mandated requirements.
There are no financial implications associated with this report.
Document 1 - Ottawa Public Health 2008 Annual Report/Santé Publique Ottawa Rapport Annuel de 2008. (On file with the City Clerk)
Ottawa Public Health to coordinate the distribution of the 2008 Ottawa Public Health Annual Report