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‘Good health for all’ theme of HSN meeting

It takes more than a good health-care system to make a community healthy. It takes a robust social net with everyone having the same opportunity to enjoy good health.

Health Sciences North has chosen Good Health for All as the theme for this year’s annual general meeting to be held Thursday.

The evening will explore population health and health equity. Population health measures the overall wellness of a community, based on factors such as health care services, housing, nutrition, employment, education, recreation, and social services.

Health equity, on the other hand, refers to the ability of people to reach their health potential and access the health services they need, regardless of their social standing.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Donnelly, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on public health policy.

Donnelly is president and CEO of Public Health Ontario, the provincial agency that provides scientific evidence and expert guidance to help shape health care policy in Ontario. Previously, Donnelly was a professor of public health medicine at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He also served as the deputy chief medical officer to the Scottish government.

“Achieving health equity is everyone’s business,” Donnelly said in a release. “Success should be defined by how we work together to serve the most vulnerable and those who are the most in need.”

This year’s AGM will also feature the final report from Dr. Denis Roy, HSN president and CEO. Roy will retire at the end of June.

“I’m so pleased my final AGM has a theme of Good Health For All,” Roy said. “Everything we’ve done at HSN since I arrived has been to advance the cause of population health and health equity.

“Good health is not the sole responsibility of a hospital. It takes a full community effort and we need to talk more about this to keep our population healthy in the years ahead.”

Dr. Chris Bourdon will also table his final report at HSN’s chief of staff. Bourdon’s term expires this year.

“It’s been an honour to serve as chief of staff, and work hand-in-hand with my physician colleagues and the entire health care team at HSN to improve patient care,” said Bourdon, who is also an emergency department physician. “I look forward to working with the new chief of staff, doctors and care providers as we face the health challenges ahead of us.”

Again this year, the AGM will also feature a patients report.

The AGM is open to the public and will be held in the Rock Garden Cafe of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre, beginning at 5 p.m.


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