The Northern Health Region has completed its Community Health Assessment. Region CEO Helga Bryant says it gives them a look into the health of people in our Region and they are encouraged by improvements they see in overall health compared to the 2014 report. She adds we are a large region with varied geography and vast diversity in our residents and the report affords them a view into those differences allowing them to plan and deliver services as equitably as possible.
A release states the Northern Health Region 2019 Community Health Assessment illustrates some high-level findings which will form the basis for the next Strategic Health Plan.
The report notes a significant decrease in the adolescent birthrate in the region adding the Health Region has worked on programs to support healthy pregnancies including support in the pre natal period by public health nurses and an increase in substance use disorder noting much work has been done in the past several years into improving care for those diagnosed with the disorder.
The full report is available on the Northern Health Region website.