News Release: October 24, 2019
Public Health releases the 2020 - 2029 Strategic Priorities for the Future
BRAMPTON, ON (Oct. 24, 2019) – The Region of – Peel Public Health released the 2020 - 2029 Strategic Priorities for the Future report at Regional Council today. The report highlights areas that require more focus to address the most significant and emerging health challenges in Peel.
The strategic priorities report renews the Public Health Strategic Plan during a period of public health transformation in Ontario. On April 11, the 2019 Province of Ontario Budget announced plans to undertake significant transformation in the public health system, including restructuring the province’s 35 public health units into 10 units with new regional boards. The new strategic priorities aim to inform planning for public health programs and services in Peel regardless of structure and governance.
“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”, said Dr Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of 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.”
Strategic priorities for Peel include:
- Active living and healthy eating
creating environments that better support healthy eating and active living
- Promoting mental wellbeing
building more socially supportive and connected communities that promote mental wellbeing and reduce mental illness
- Reducing health-related impacts of climate change
preparing people and communities to be more resilient to the health risks associated with climate change
- Advancing health equity
designing programs with a deeper understanding of how social disadvantages affect health
- Practicing effective public health
improving programs with evidence-informed decision making and quality improvement
These strategic priorities result from a comprehensive process that started in early 2018. The process included reviewing mandates and key professional practice documents, reviewing new population health data and consulting with community partners, residents and staff.
To learn more, view the 2020-2029 Strategic Priorities for the Future report (PDF).
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Media ContactsLesley Hudson
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478