Nurturing the Next Generation (NTNG)

Almost 17,000 children are born in Peel Region every year. Eight per cent of Peel children are screened as "high risk" at hospital discharge through our Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program, compared with 5% in Ontario. Similarly, a greater proportion of kindergarten children in Peel (31.8%) are not ready for school, as measured by the Early Development Instrument (EDI), compared to 28.5% in Ontario.

Research demonstrates that health during preconception, pregnancy, infancy and in the early years of life is critically important to lay the foundation for a lifetime of wellbeing. In Setting the Pace: The Public Health Revised 10-Year Strategic Plan 2014-19 Nurturing the Next Generation (NTNG) was reaffirmed as one of Peel Public Health's program priorities. NTNG provides an opportunity for the entire public health unit to influence the health trajectories of children in Peel.

The overall goal of the NTNG Strategic Priority is to identify, implement and evaluate evidence-informed, population-based interventions that promote the health of families in the preconception, prenatal and early parenting periods.

In order to support the health of Peel families, our leaders recognize there is a need for creative solutions based on evidence that can be adapted to fit our local context. Nurturing the Next Generation aims to identify and support these solutions, in accordance with Peel Public Health governing philosophy, the Public Health Way which describes who we are, and what we do as a public health unit.

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