Public Health Modernization: Have Your Say by March 31, 2020

The Ministry of Health is accepting feedback regarding the Province’s plans to modernize the public health system in Ontario. Some of you may be interested in providing the government with your thoughts or feedback. You can do so via ehsphmodernization@ontario.ca.

The Ministry has also put out a discussion paper http://health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/phehs_consultations/ and an online survey with a series of questions related to the challenges they have identified for the public health system in Ontario, and for which they are seeking ideas or suggestions.

    • Responses to the online survey will be accepted until March 31, 2020.
    • Note: You do not have to complete the online survey in order to submit feedback to the Province
    • You can submit any feedback directly to: ehsphmodernization@ontario.ca

For your reference, Regional Council’s recent response to planned changes for the public health system and the Ministry’s discussion paper is included here:

https://calendar.regionofwaterloo.ca/Council/Detail/2020-01-14-1100-Community-Services-Committee/06a82746-7ec9-42a7-8903-ab4100fa77af#page=39

Two key messages from the report were:

  • Key Message 1:  We believe that the strengths and challenges in the public health sector do not exist homogeneously across the province’s 34 health units and as a result a one-size fits all approach is not appropriate.
    • Where issues do not exist, Region of Waterloo does not believe that changes to governance and structure are necessary or helpful.
  • Key Message 2: Region of Waterloo Public Health with a population of over 500,000 and a history of effective and efficient performance is one of the province’s strong and sustainable health units, with a size that allows it to have a critical mass on its own.
    • The current, fully municipally integrated model serves the community and its residents well in Waterloo Region.

 

If you would like more information/background about this opportunity to provide feedback, please contact Andrea Reist at areist@regionofwaterloo.ca.

 

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