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Over 35 planners, decision-makers, and service providers attended a Health and Wellbeing Forum in November 2017 to share insights into the networks, accomplishments and challenges of planning for improved health and wellness care in our region.
Our region is faced with serious health inequities which means some people may have poorer health than others that can be attributed to their social status, economic situation, or where they live. For example, individuals with low income are particularly vulnerable to being overweight or obese, smoking, drinking in excess of the low- risk alcohol guidelines, having a low intake of fruits and vegetables, and physical inactivity. Compared to Ontario, Brant has significantly higher rates of hospitalization for cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes, mortality rates for respiratory diseases, diabetes, and cancers, and higher rates of emergency department visits and hospitalization for intentional and unintentional injuries.
Three major themes emerged from the Forum to guide action to improve health outcomes in our communities as follows:
- Streamline the planning process and reduce duplication among heath care providers and professionals in our region.
- Implement action plans to improve communications among members to ensure
- Involve people affected by issues related to health inequity in developing solutions to help provide better access to care.