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Animated Annual Report Highlights Health Unit’s Work in 2012

Have you ever wondered what type of work your local Health Unit does in the community?

People may know the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit for its prenatal classes, or for the work it does in arranging analysis of private well water samples, but we do a lot more, says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lynn Noseworthy.

“The Health Unit provides a vast array of programs and services to people of all ages throughout Northumberland and Haliburton Counties and the City of Kawartha Lakes,” she says. “Many people may just be familiar with the services they knowingly received from the Health Unit, but our employees do a great deal of work in the community to help improve the health and well-being of our residents.”

To help highlight some of that work, the HKPR District Health Unit has created a four minute animated “annual report” designed to showcase some of the work accomplished in 2012. The video, entitled Protecting Your Health… From Before Birth and Beyond, provides a snapshot of some these services, as well as information about the organization’s budget and workforce.

Under the province’s Accountability Agreements and Public Health Organizational Standards, health units must provide the public with data on a number of accountability indicators, as well as organizational budget information. Rather than presenting the information in a traditional “annual report” format, Dr. Noseworthy says the Health Unit chose a different style in the hopes it would prove more engaging for people.

“We wanted to provide this information in a way that people might find more interesting and illustrate how we are a part of people’s lives from before they are born right through the different stages of their lives,” she said.

The video was produced in-house and is located on the Health Unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca and also on the Health Unit’s YouTube channel (HKPRDHU) under Issues that Matter. Anyone wanting any more information about the Health Unit’s programs and services is encouraged to visit the website, email questions to info@hkpr.on.ca or call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

The Health Unit is currently working on the “annual report” for 2013.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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