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Media Release: HPEPH Urges Candidates and Voters to “Make Health Matter” During this Provincial Election

Updated Correction Notice: HPEPH 2022 Election Primer – Issued May 4, 2022

On April 28, 2022 Hastings Prince Edward Public Health posted a 2022 Provincial Election Primer and issued a media release (below) encouraging residents to “Make Health Matter” at the polls by using evidence-based information to vote for what matters to them and their family. In the April 28 version of the primer, rates of emergency department visits for conditions entirely caused by alcohol in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPEC) were provided per 1,000 population. These rates are now accurately portrayed per 100,000 population. HPEPH issued an updated correction notice on May 4, 2022. The version of the primer available at hpepublichealth.ca/advocacy has been corrected and replaces all previous versions. HPEPH is committed to transparency and accuracy of information provided to the public and partners, and sincerely apologizes for this error.


Media Release: HPEPH Urges Candidates and Voters to “Make Health Matter” During this Provincial Election

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/April 28, 2022

The Ontario provincial election is being held on June 2, 2022.  During this election, HPEPH encourages candidates and voters to “Make Health Matter”. The provincial government plays an important role in shaping policies that affect all aspects of our lives, including our health and well-being.  Part of the role of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is to provide residents and decision makers with evidence-based information to make knowledgeable decisions related to individual health, and the health of our community. To equip local residents, community stakeholders, and provincial election candidates with information relevant to health and the provincial election, HPEPH has released a 2022 Provincial Election Primer.

The Provincial Election Primer can be viewed online or as a downloadable PDF. The primer booklet provides an overview of key issues that contribute significantly to individual and community health in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and are influenced by provincial decisions. These include:

  • Adequate income
  • Greater access to mental health services
  • Policies to prevent and reduce harms from use of substances, such as alcohol and opioids

Residents can “Make Health Matter” at the polls by using the information in this election primer to vote for what is important to you and your family. The primer has been published online and is being shared directly with local community organizations and provincial election candidates. Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the evidence and recommendations contained within the primer to prepare for local discussions and develop their related platforms.

A healthy population is crucial to a productive, vibrant and economically strong Ontario – now and for generations to come. “As you engage in the 2022 provincial election process, we encourage you to learn about the key public health issues that affect the health and well-being of residents in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “Provincial decisions related to these issues can and will have a broad impact on the occurrence and cost of preventable illness and death – both locally and across the province.”

The 2022 Provincial Election Primer is available online as a downloadable PDF, at hpePublicHealth.ca/advocacy.

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Media Contacts:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. HPEPH is situated and provides services on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee people. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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