As of October 21st, 2011, we have a new Organizational Structure and Service Delivery Model
The Health Unit officially opened on July 1, 1947 to serve the municipalities of Leeds and Grenville. 1n 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 4 offices in the tri-county; the main office located in Brockville and satellite offices are located in Smiths Falls, Kemptville 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
Click here for a brochure of specific health unit services.
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 and
organizational goals and strategies that are necessary to achieve
We have been an accredited health unit since 1990, earning the gold seal of excellence for accreditation in public health in Ontario. We are accreditation with the Ontario council on Community Health Accreditation (OCCHA), who provides independent, voluntary, peer-set principles and standards that evaluate the organizational and administrative aspects of local and regional public health agencies, including program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. You can visit http://www.occha.org for more information on accreditation.
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.
Health Unit Receives Accreditation Award
The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has recently been awarded unconditional accreditation by the Ontario Council on Community Health Accreditation (OCCHA) for the period of September 15, 2010 to September 15, 2013. This is the highest level of award possible and signifies a high level of compliance with the OCCHA Standards. Read more...
From Left: Dr Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health, Shani Gates, Director of Quality Improvement, Jack Butt, Chair of the Board of Health receive a certificate for unconditional accreditation from Ontario Council on Community Health Accreditation Board Chair, Penny Lavalley at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Board Meeting Thursday night.
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