Healthy Communities Fund
Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport funds the Healthy Communities
project via the Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) which helps the Ministry
achieve its vision of Healthy Communities working together and Ontarians leading healthy and active lives. The Healthy Communities Fund provides support through a Grants Project Stream, a Partnership Stream and a Resource Stream.
The goals of the Healthy Communities Fund are to:
- create a culture of health and well-being,
- build healthy communities through coordinated action,
- create policies and programs that make it easier for Ontarians to be health, and
- enhance the capacity of community leaders to work together on healthy living.
Key Stakeholders, Community Consultations, and Recommended Actions
Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation
January 6th, 2011, a Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation Planning
day was held to identify, discuss, and propose priorities. Participants
included representatives from Queen’s University, KFL&A Public
Health, the Seniors Associations Kingston Region, the Heart and Stroke
Foundation Kingston, the City of Kingston, Cycle Kingston, Sustainable
Kingston, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area, Kingston Gets
Active, St. Lawrence College, the YMCA, and various retired and current
educators and athletes. Recommendations from this planning day include:
- Establish a “hub.
- Use existing Master Plans for planning.
- Advocate for Ministry of Education policies that emphasize physical activity across the curriculum.
- Address groups at risk for physical activity.
January 13th, 2011, an Injury Prevention Planning Day was held to
discuss goals and priorities. Participants included community members
from KFL&A Public Health, the Ministry of Transportation, Wilkens
Health and Safety Solutions, Kingston and Region Injury Surveillance
Program, Cycle Kingston, Think First, Kingston Partners for a Safe
Community, Ontario Power Generation, and Kingston Fire and Rescue.
Recommendations developed from this planning day include:
- Develop new positive messaging and communication.
- Create supportive environments.
- Make injury prevention education mandatory in schools.
- Develop policies for clear communications, implementation, expectations, and decisions.
and area are home to a variety of networks and organizations that are
engaged in the issue of food access. KFL&A Public Health invited
many of these food system leaders to engage in conversations on healthy
eating priorities in programming and policy. Conversations have occurred
in December 2010, January and February 2011. Over thirty people have
been involved in representing municipal staff, farmers, health agencies,
education, gardeners, farmers markets, restaurants, institutions, meal
programs, food justice advocates, politicians, researchers, educators,
universities and community organizations. Participants have voiced the
need to offer broad support to enable our communities to have access to
healthier foods. Food initiatives must be inclusive of and consider all
factors that affect people’s access to food. These conversations will
continue on a monthly basis, allowing for group(s) to coalesce and begin
working towards policy that impacts the broader community. The Healthy
Eating Working group has identified the following priorities:
- Create a Food Charter – this will inform the development of healthy eating policies.
- Create a food coalition/council to support municipal healthy eating policies.
- Create a network for groups providing similar programs and services to share information and resources.
Public Health has been very active in tobacco control initiatives for
many years and has worked with representatives from business, education,
health, government and recreation. Three of ten policy areas are:
for Tobacco-Free Sports & Recreation (TFSR) spaces. This includes
Play, Live, Be Tobacco-free, Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces including parks
and building entrances.
- Reduce the sale and promotion of tobacco in municipalities.
- Advocate for Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDs) including private for-profit MUDs and social housing.
Substance and Alcohol Misuse
the last 13 years, the Greater Kingston Area Safe & Sober Community
Alliance (Alliance) has established strong partnerships with more than
32 organizations ranging from health, education, addictions,
enforcement, business and not-for-profit groups. In September 2008 a
visioning day was held to guide future planning. The Alliance met again
to restructure and prioritize community actions to reduce
alcohol-related harm. A newly formed Alcohol Strategy working group
drafted an operational plan for 2010-2011. Priorities include:
- Compile an Alcohol Report for KFL&A identifying the scope of alcohol-related harm.
knowledge exchange in the area of alcohol policy and supportive
environments with Alliance partners and community stakeholders to ensure
evidence-informed community action.
Mental Health Promotion
KFL&A Public Health representative sits on the KFL&A Children
and Youth Services Steering Committee which held focus groups in January
2011 to discuss issues, challenges, opportunities and priorities for
this area. KFL&A Public Health is also linked with Integration with
Education and will consult with this group on mental health promotion
priorities. The Community Forum on March 1, 2011 will provide an
opportunity to expanded on priorities in the area of mental health
promotion and receive more feedback on this topic. Priorities include:
- Develop an engagement strategy for service providers, parents, and youth.
- Find ways to assist youth in accessing services.
- Advocate for youth housing.
Make a splash or just a ripple! Your participation in the partnership at an event, or a message of support is appreciated.