HKPR District Health Unit Announces Members of the 2022-2026 Board of Health

HKPR District Health Unit Announces Members of the 2022-2026 Board of Health
New members bring wealth of experience to the Board of Health.

PORT HOPE, ON (January 19, 2022) –

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) has announced new members to the HKPR District Health Unit’s Board of Health effective immediately, with David Marshall being appointed Chairperson and Olena Hankivisky appointed Vice-chair for the Board of Health.

The Board of Health consists of elected officials from the funding municipalities (The City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Haliburton, and Northumberland County) and provincial appointees. HKPR District Health Unit welcomes new and returning members to comprise the 2022-2026 Board of Health, including:

  • David Marshall, Chairperson – Provincial Appointee
  • Olena Hankivsky, Vice-chair – Northumberland County
  • Bob Crate – Northumberland County (returning)
  • Tracy Richardson – City of Kawartha Lakes (returning)
  • John Logel – Northumberland County
  • Mike Perry – City of Kawartha Lakes
  • TBD – County of Haliburton

The Board of Health ensures that HKPR District Health Unit’s strategic, business and operational plans, policies and activities are consistent with the Ministry of Health’s policy directions as communicated by the Minister of Health. On behalf of the Board of Health, the Medical Officer of Health manages the delivery of public health programs and services in agreement with the mission, vision and values of the HKPR District Health Unit.

“Strengthening partnerships with local community agencies and municipalities will be a focus for the Board of Health this term,” says David Marshall, Chairperson for the HKPR District Health Unit. “We will work together to increase the awareness of the role of public health and the programs and services provided within the HKPR district areas, so we can work together to improve the health of our communities.”

Mr. Marshall was originally appointed to the Board of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit in 2021 by the Lieutenant Governor through a recommendation by the Minister of Health when he applied to the Public Appointments Secretariat. He served as the Interim Chairperson from September 2022 until January 2023 and was officially appointed Chairperson by the new Board of Health members at their first meeting on January 19, 2023.

“With the support and leadership of our Board of Health, we remain committed to addressing health inequities focusing on client-centred approach to program and service accessibility.” says Dr. Natalie Bocking, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer for the HKPR District Health Unit. “We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively and efficiently to serve the health priorities of our communities.”

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Media Contacts:

Ashley Beaulac, Manager of Communication Services, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1212, abeaulac@hkpr.on.ca or Maddie Forestell, Communications Officer, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1245, mforestell@hkpr.on.ca

Opioid Overdose Alert Issued for City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Haliburton, and Northumberland County

Opioid Overdose Alert Issued for City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Haliburton, and Northumberland County
HKPR District Health Unit seeing an increase in overdoses over the past 30 days

PORT HOPE, ON (January 9, 2022) – An opioid overdose alert is being issued for the City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Haliburton and Northumberland County after a noticeable increase in overdoses over the past 30 days, warns the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit).

“The recent increase in overdoses is troubling, so we’re issuing the alert to inform the community to take precautions,” says Leslie McLaughlin, the Substances and Harm Reduction Coordinator with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Contributing factors for these local overdoses may include people using alone or a potentially contaminated or poisoned drug supply that is leading to more severe overdose reactions.”

The HKPR District Health Unit reminds anyone who uses drugs (or those who know someone who does) to follow these safety tips:

  • Test a small amount of drug before you use.
  • Never use alone. If you are alone, call the National Overdose Response Service (NORS) virtual safe consumption at 1-888-668-NORS (6677), or use a buddy system and call a friend.
  • Call 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose.
  • Avoid mixing your drugs.
  • Keep a naloxone kit on hand. You can get a naloxone kit at most pharmacies and needle exchange sites.

The HKPR District Health Unit’s opioid overdose alert automatically flags increases in overdoses for community partners and first responders, which triggers enhanced outreach efforts and distribution of naloxone kits. Naloxone is an emergency medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose until the victim can get to hospital for treatment. Naloxone is recommended to be used in all suspected drug overdoses, due to the possibility of opioid contamination or poisoning.

Naloxone kits are also available for people who use opioids, as well as their family and friends. These can be picked up at Health Unit offices, local pharmacies, and other locations. Where to get a free naloxone kit | Ontario.ca

Anyone who sees a person overdosing is also urged to intervene. Call 9-1-1 and give the person naloxone. The Good Samaritan Act protects anyone trying to help in an emergency from possible legal repercussions. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act also protects people on the scene of an overdose from being charged for possessing or using drugs. Signs of an overdose include very large or very small pupils, slow or no breathing, cold and clammy skin, blue or purple fingernails or lips, and snoring or gurgling sounds. Often in drug overdoses, it is also difficult to wake up the person.

For local opioid overdose incidents, visit the HKPR District Health Unit’s Opioid Overdose Report dashboard. People can also use the online submission form to anonymously report overdoses and drug-related information to assist in a quicker response to these incidents.

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Media Contacts:

Ashley Beaulac, Manager of Communication Services, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1212, abeaulac@hkpr.on.ca or Amanda Bray, Communications Officer, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1266, abray@hkpr.on.ca

 HKPR District Health Unit Launches Tobacco Enforcement Campaign 

 HKPR District Health Unit Launches Tobacco Enforcement Campaign 
 HKPR District Health Unit Launches Tobacco Enforcement Campaign 

Port Hope, ON (December 14, 2022) – The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) is launching a Tobacco Enforcement Campaign, in collaboration with public health units across Central East Ontario, beginning January 2023 to ensure compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA).

The HKPR District Health Unit’s Tobacco Control Officers are designated as Provincial Offence Officers by the Province of Ontario with authority to enforce the SFOA and ensure that all local businesses, public places, schools and workplaces are following the SFOA requirements. This includes inspecting to ensure proper signage is posted, tobacco and vapour product retailers follow advertising regulations and youth are restricted from purchasing tobacco or vapour products.

“We have experienced a significant increase in non-compliance of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act amongst tobacco and vapour product retailers,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Health Protection with the HKPR District Health Unit. “There has been an alarming increase in youth accessing and purchasing age-restricted products, along with illegal products and vapour flavours becoming more available. Throughout our Tobacco Enforcement Campaign, our goal is to eliminate youth access to vapour and commercial tobacco products so we can continue to protect the health of youth and achieve compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.”

As part of the Tobacco Enforcement Campaign, the HKPR District Health Unit is advising all tobacco and vapour product retailers that starting in January, Tobacco Control Officers will be conducting compliance inspections to ensure the requirements under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 are being followed, including:

  • Staff are trained on the legal age for sale of vapour and tobacco products.
  • Retailers are not selling illegally flavoured or improperly packaged products.
  • Retailers are compliant with indoor and outdoor advertising restrictions.
  • Retailers are not selling improperly packaged vapour or tobacco products

If retailers are found non-compliant under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 during the inspection, the HKPR District Health Unit may proceed with enforcement measures. For more information or to file a complaint related to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, please call the HKPR District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 to speak with a Tobacco Control Officer or email info@hkpr.on.ca.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Ashley Beaulac, Manager of Communication Services, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1212, abeaulac@hkpr.on.ca,

or Maddie Forestell, Communications Officer, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1245, mforestell@hkpr.on.ca

HKPR District Health Unit Resumes Enforcement of School Immunizations

HKPR District Health Unit Resumes Enforcement of School Immunizations
Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their child’s immunization records are up to date

Port Hope, ON (December 1, 2022) –  The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) is resuming its enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), after postponing enforcement in March 2020 due to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HKPR District Health Unit is required under the ISPA to collect and maintain up-to-date immunization records and valid exemptions for all children attending school in the region. All students between the ages of 4 to 17 must be vaccinated according to Ontario’s Immunization Schedule, which includes vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (chickenpox) and meningococcal disease.

“We appreciate and thank those parents who have already taken steps to update their child’s immunization records or ensured a valid exemption is on file with the Health Unit,” says Marianne Rock, Manager of Health Protection with the HKPR District Health Unit. “We are here to support families by ensuring children receive the required vaccinations and immunization records are kept up to date to ensure the schools remain a safe space for all children.”

How to Ensure Your Child’s Immunization Records are Updated
Parents and/or guardians need to ensure their child’s immunization records are up to date by:

  1. CHECK: Check your child’s immunization record for any missing vaccines.
    Go to the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) web site
  2. VACCINATE: Ensure your child receives any missing vaccinations.
    Contact your health care provider or the Health Unit to get any missing vaccines or a valid exemption.
  3. UPDATE: Update your child’s immunization record with the Health Unit.
    It is the responsibility of parents and/or guardians to provide proof of immunization or a valid exemption to the Health Unit by one of the following methods:
    • Phone 1-866-888-4577 x 1507
    • Fax 905-885-5352

The HKPR District Health Unit will be issuing first notices in January 2023 to parents and/or guardians of students who do not meet the ISPA requirements and second notices in March 2023. For more information, parents can call the HKPR District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x 1507, email immunization@hkpr.on.ca or visit hkpr.on.ca.

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Media Contacts:

Ashley Beaulac, Manager of Communication Services, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1212, abeaulac@hkpr.on.ca or Maddie Forestell, Communications Officer, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1245, mforestell@hkpr.on.ca  

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