The Health Unit officially opened on July 1, 1947 to serve the municipalities of Leeds and Grenville. In 1967, Lanark District joined the organization, which then became the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU). Click here for more information on the history of the Health Unit.
The LGLDHU covers a 6,329 square km area in Eastern Ontario, with a population density of 25.7 people per km. The southern part of our area borders the St. Lawrence River between Kingston and Cornwall, extending north into the Ottawa Valley. The population of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark is 170,205 people, the majority of whom live in a rural environment (58%).
Our total budget is approximately 12 million dollars (in 2010), received mainly through general funding cost-shared by the province and local municipalities on a 75:25 ratio. We also receive some 100% provincial funding, which adds to the base budget and staff complement.
Since we are a service delivery organization, approximately 85% of our budget is for staffing requirements. There are a total of 142.14 full-time equivalents, filled by approximately 154 people working in a wide range of public health roles.
Staff is distributed throughout 6 sites in the tri-county; the main office located in Brockville and other sites are in Smiths Falls, Kemptville, Almonte and Gananoque.
The LGLDHU is governed by a Board of Health, consisting of 7 municipal representatives and 6 provincial representatives.
Public health programs and priorities are established by the provincial government for all local public health organizations in Ontario, whose legislative mandate comes from the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
The purpose of the HPPA is to “provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of disease and the promotion and protection of the health of the people of Ontario.”
The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) are published by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care under the authority of the HPPA. The OPHS are the minimum mandatory programs and services with which all Boards of Health must deliver.
The standards are broken down into 5 major program areas:
- Chronic Diseases and Injuries
- Family Health
- Infectious Diseases
- Environmental Health
- Emergency Preparedness
This Strategic Plan will provide direction to the work of the Health Unit for the
years 2013-2018. The previous Health Unit Strategic Plan, Moving Upstream
2006-2012, recognized the importance of looking at the underlying factors that
influence health and health behaviours and was grounded in a commitment
to continuous quality improvement and the principles of organizational
Moving Upstream 2013–2018 builds on the foundation of the previous plan. The
plan consists of 3 key components:
- Health Unit Identity, consisting of mission, vision and value
- External Strategic Direction identifying health goals and program
strategies that will impact on the underlying factors that influence
health and health behaviours in order to achieve key health outcomes;
- Internal Strategic Direction, identifying key accountability, transparency and
organizational goals and strategies that are necessary to achieve
In 2009, the Ministry of Health published the Initial Report on Public Health in Ontario. The purpose of the report is to provide a snapshot of the current state of public health in Ontario. Click here to access this report.
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