Your Experience with Ottawa Public Health

9 months ago

What topics, activities and values do you associate with Ottawa Public Health? 

Tell us about your experiences with Ottawa Public Health to date? 

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  • tlc1of3 7 months ago
    I would like to see OPH address the chemical pollution affecting air quality in our public and private environments, It impacts the health of everyone and people are not aware that the chemicals emitted in scented products are as bad as second hand smoke, Research supports this! We need labels and signs warning of the health hazards of these products and environments.
    Environmental illnesses are on the rise, and government is allowing untested and unregulated chemicals into our environments, that we are forced to breath.
    We need more public awareness about the health costs incurred due to unhealthy chemicals in products that are: endocrine and autoimmune disruptors, causes migraines, and are carcinogens. Scented products such as air fresheners, dryer sheets, personal care and cleaning products contain unnecessary chemical additives that have a negative health impact. Air quality is an environmental health issue that costs millions in healthcare costs and makes people sick.
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  • Chrisfarleyratcliffe 7 months ago
    I would like to see OPH engaged (and listened to) in things like transportation planning to help improve opportunities for active transportation as health promotion. A significant portion of us in this city spend most of our days sitting (in offices, classrooms, cars and on couches). Advocating for policies that help to create safer pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will enable more people to build activity into their busy lives.
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  • Layal 8 months ago
    Since access to health care impacts a person's overall physical, social, and mental health status and quality of life I believe that OPH should advocate for public policies not only to improve the access to care (consequence) but also to increase the number of healthcare professionals (treating the cause) especially doctors and nurses per capita. There are many things that could be done on this matter!
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    • Chrisfarleyratcliffe 7 months ago
      I agree that public health should be advocating for improving access to care, but the issue is less about numbers of health care providers per capita and more about the models of care, which is not particularly within the mandate of public health. Ottawa has a high per capita number of family docs and also a high number of walk-in clinics. We need to see more of the walk-in docs providing family health care to rostered patients.
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  • Tick Bite 8 months ago
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  • Moogle 8 months ago
    Importance of vaccinations, safe sex, mental health, parental support
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  • tlc1of3 8 months ago
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    • Admin Commented Phil.Jansson 8 months ago
      Hi tlc1of3, thank you for visiting our discussion on public health modernization. It appears your comments do not apply to this topic. For this reason, your post will be removed. I encourage you to visit our FAQ page to learn more about public health modernization and to have your say. https://engage.ottawa.ca/publichealth/faqs#7125
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  • tlc1of3 8 months ago
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute and comment. The Canadian Human Rights have provisions for accessibility to public spaces for people with Chemical Sensitivities. Our air quality is getting worse both indoor and outdoors. We are being bombarded by all kinds of chemicals that are not being monitored and it's is as bad as second hand smoke. We have a climate emergency and air quality is more important now than ever. People wearing products with scent and other chemicals that are increasingly being recognised as causing serious health issues, such as: cancer, seizures, anaphylaxis, skin, eye, and lung damage, and are hormone and immune system disruptors. There are over 1 million people in Canada that have been recognized as having serious chemical sensitivities and the number of undocumented people with chemical sensitivities would more than double the figure. Our children are even more vulnerable to the harmful chemicals in our environments that can cause permanent damage and affect their future. I would love to see this addressed starting with the harmful scented products on our grocery shelves and instore and hospital air quality monitoring needs to be addressed. Thank you.
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  • Janice L. 8 months ago
    I follow public health in social media and see them often on TV. I've had to deal with them on a few occasions when dealing with vaccines for my grandkids. They are helpful although it would be great to see more online automation. They seem to be really good messaging good health info to people in Ottawa especially online would be good to be able to do more trabsactions online too.
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    • Admin Commented Phil.Jansson 8 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Janice! What kinds of things online would you like to see automated?
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      • Janice L. 8 months ago
        Thank you.
        Booking for my family flu shot for example.
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  • Autowa 8 months ago
    Telling me to wear a helmet when I cycle and lights when I walk yet NO messaging and actions on al kaeda type car driving in Ottawa. Oc transpo drivers who speed disregarding safetynof passengers and vulnerable road users. I associate public health Ottawa with a complete disregard for the scientific evidence on obesity and chronic diseases with a coty overrun with cars. Where is pho on vision zero?? Where is it on children unable to walk and cycle to school because Ottawa serves the vision mission and profits of the car industry??? Where is it on fewer woman cycling than men? Where is it on the fact that this city is about cars over life?
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    • Admin Commented Phil.Jansson 8 months ago
      Thank you for the feedback, Autowa.
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  • Carlo 8 months ago
    Thx for the opportunity to provide my input.
    I know you are involved in restaurant inspections. You do immunization. Deal with outbreaks. Promote healthy lifestyles and better city building. I see you in the media speaking on health issues and you are very present online. I follow your accounts.

    My experience with Ottawa Health has been very positive. Best to prevent sickness and disease. Cheaper too.
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    • Admin Commented Phil.Jansson 8 months ago
      Thanks, Carlo!
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  • Amy.MacPherson 8 months ago
    OPH is a great communicator of public health issues and healthy living, including planning for a healthy City. Their social media team has garnered widespread kudos for its humorous and informative content.

    They have been valuable contributors to the City's Official Plan and other initiatives such as the Wildlife Speaker Series. My colleagues and I appreciate their engagement and support.
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    • Admin Commented Phil.Jansson 8 months ago
      Thanks Amy for your comments!
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