Partnering for a Healthy Future
In the Fall of 2018, Labrador-Grenfell Health partnered with the Town of St. Anthony on an engagement project to discuss the health and well-being of communities on the Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador. In the summer of 2018, the Town conducted a public survey that received over 100 responses, to identify health priorities.
Combined with results from the Labrador-Grenfell Health Community Health Needs Assessment, priorities covered a wide range of areas which resulted in the identification of four key themes: Mental Health and Addictions, Healthy Aging, Access to Services and Recruitment and Retention.
With the four themes in mind, the Town of St. Anthony and Labrador-Grenfell Health developed a health forum event, with support from the Office of Public Engagement, to discuss each topic with community members and collaboratively identify opportunities for improvement. The day-long event enabled open discussion with citizens sharing ideas on the needs of their unique populations. Particular attention was paid to how the health authority and communities can better meet the needs of the growing aging population.
Information collected from the event will help inform decisions around the delivery of health services in the Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador areas.
Please read below for highlights and recommendations from the event’s discussions.
Community Health Needs Assessment
The Community Health Needs Assessment is an opportunity for Labrador-Grenfell Health to assess the health status of our population and to better understand the needs of the diverse communities that comprise the region. The data used to inform this work comes from a variety of sources, including quantitative health indicators, a Community Health Survey, key informant interviews, and community engagement meetings. The results will help identify health disparities, distribute resources more equitably, and tailor policies and programming.