Here are Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit’s top 3 priorities moving into 2024

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has approved a new strategic plan for 2024-2026.

According to a media release, Leeds, Greenville and Lanark District Health Unit undertook a strategic planning process starting in June 2023 to prioritize their focus into 2026 with support from the consulting firm People Minded Business. This process involved context such as broader trends in public health, alongside input from staff, partner organizations and the public. The Health Unit collaboratively identified priorities with people in all roles across the organization.

“We look forward to continuing to work with our partners and members of the public in delivering on this strategic plan in the coming years,” says Peter McKenna, chair for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Board of Health. McKenna thanked “everyone who took part in the creation of this plan,” on behalf of the board.

This plan is “a tool for us to communicate our priorities with our partners and the communities we serve,” adds Linna Li, MD FRCPC, medical office of health and CEO.

The health unit’s mission remains to work with the communities it serves to protect and promote the health of people and the environment through public health leadership and partnership.

This new plan focuses on the following three main priorities for their 2024-2026 efforts:

Priority 1: Embracing Ontario’s public health system change

As the Ministry of Health looks to strengthen Ontario’s public health system, LGLDHU will prepare for, manage, and communicate changes to ensure continued health protection and promotion in Lanark and Leeds & Grenville Counties.

Priority 2: Investing in our people

“Our employees, volunteers, and students are the backbone of the work we do,” says the health unit. By focusing on recruitment, retention, and a supportive environment for residents to reach their full potential, they aim to position themselves to provide the best services and supports to the communities.

Priority 3: Strengthening services for communities’ future

As rural and urban communities’ public health challenges evolve, the health unit aims to strengthen and make services more adaptable to maximize their impact now and into the future.

The media release adds that, as Leeds & Grenville and Lanark Counties are increasingly diverse, so too are their employees, volunteers, and students. The health unit is committed to having equity, diversity and inclusion serve as a lens to guide both internal and external activities, to ensure the ongoing health promotion and protection of all community members.

A detailed version of the plan as well as a summary are available on the health unit’s website.

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