Report released to tackle health challenges in Mississauga

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At the regional council on October 24, 2019, the Region of Peel Public Health released the 2020 - 2029 Strategic Priorities for the Future report, which highlights areas that need to be focused on, that will help to address the health challenges faced by Peel.

This report renews the Public Health Strategic Plan throughout a period of public health transformation across the province of Ontario.

The 2019 Province of Ontario budget announced on April 11, 2019, that they had plans to significantly transform the public health system. This would include the restructuring of Ontario’s 35 public health units into 10 units, all with new regional boards.

These new priorities intend to notify the future planning of Peel’s public health programs and services, regardless of their governance or structure.

Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel said, “Whatever changes public health transformation may bring, it’s essential that our leaders, politicians and community agencies understand the unique health challenges and opportunities that exist in Peel.”

“This includes recognizing how Peel is different from other jurisdictions and protecting collaborative, made-in-Peel partnerships which have been essential to advancing public health priorities,” she added.

Some of Peel’s strategic priorities include active living and healthy eating, the promotion of mental wellbeing, reducing health-related impacts of climate change, advancing health equity and practicing effective public health.

These priorities are a result of a process that began in 2018 and involved the review of mandates, new population health data, key professional practice documents and consultations with community partners, staff and residents.

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