February 20, 2003
NEWMARKET - York Region today released A Measure of Health: Health Status Report 2002 which outlines the most up-to-date available information about the health of York Region residents.
A Measure of Health covers a wide range of health-related information, drawing on multiple sources and primarily covering a five-year period from 1997 to 2002. The report is organized into twelve chapters by topic, with related charts, maps and appendices. It is the fourth in a series of comprehensive health status reports produced by York Region Health Services, with earlier reports released in 1986, 1991 and 1997.
Its findings? York Region scores better than the Ontario average on almost every key health indicator, including:
" A Measure of Health is not just a health status report. It is a tool to advocate for a healthier future," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO. "York Region places great importance on long-range planning. The information in this report will help make data-driven planning possible as we continue to help residents live long, healthy lives."
"We can truly give no greater gift to the next generation than health," he added.
"The health care sector has a direct role in improving the health of our residents," commented Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the York Region Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee. "A Measure of Health affirms, however, that many influences outside the traditional health system affect our health. York Region is committed to ongoing dialogue and collaboration with other health-determining sectors, including business, social services and education, to improve the health of the population." Ö2
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"We can celebrate the report findings that our residents enjoy healthier and longer lives than many people living in other Ontario communities, but our work has really just begun," said Dr. Helena Jaczek, Commissioner of York Region Health Services and Medical Officer of Health. "We must now recognize and address the many challenges that A Measure of Health presents, including population growth, cultural diversity and income disparity, if the Region is to maintain or improve this level of health."
Residents are encouraged to get involved with their health by taking action to:
York Region Health Status Report 2002: A Measure of Health is a publication of the York Region Health Services Department. To obtain a copy of the report or for more information contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.region.york.on.ca
Contact: Kim Clark, York Region Health Services
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