A Message from the CEO & Medical Officer of Health - Dr. Gary Kirk

2016 was a year of innovation and progress. Along with the ongoing delivery of standard public health programs across our region, we started and completed our Community Needs Assessment (CNA) during the spring and summer months through which we collected important information about the health related needs of Windsor and Essex County residents. High community participation in the survey allowed us to use the results to create a comprehensive report that provided key insights for the health unit and other service-driven health agencies in the community, helping us to better align our offerings with the needs of our population.

Through the fall and winter we worked towards the completion of pivotal projects including the development and endorsement of a new five-year Strategic Plan 2017-2021, the launch of a new operational planning framework, and the start of Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s quest for bronze accreditation through Excellence Canada.

This report provides an overview of our year with many examples of the collective effort, energy, and enthusiasm of our exceptional staff who work to ensure that we deliver high quality, evidence-based programs and services with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the Windsor and Essex County population.

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