April 15, 2010
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - A health-needs assessment and community consultations will be conducted in the Kennebecasis Valley to enhance primary health-care services in the region.
Health Minister Mary Schryer and officials from the Horizon Health Network announced today that consultations will begin next month. Local residents will have an opportunity to provide input about primary health-care in the Kennebecasis Valley.
"Our government is focused on improving opportunities for quality health-care services at the community level," said Schryer. "This initiative will give Kennebecasis Valley residents an opportunity to discuss their primary health-care needs and identify how primary-care services can be enhanced and delivered in the region."
The Horizon Health Network has engaged the Saint John Human Development Council to organize community and stakeholder consultations. The process will include a review of demographic and population health information specific to the region. The Horizon Health Network will release details in the coming weeks.
The process will result in a report describing the community health profile; existing community health resources and community needs; and ways to enhance primary health-care services in the Valley. This report is expected to be completed in June.
"The health and wellness of all our communities in Horizon Health Network is extremely important to us," said Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Health Network. "Therefore, it is important for us to understand better the needs of the people who make up the Kennebecasis Valley community. When we take the time to focus on the specific health needs of our communities, we can better use our resources to respond to those needs."
The Department of Health is financially supporting the initiative and will help Horizon Health Network gather data and population health information.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.