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Let’s Start a Conversation about Health – Video

  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • (dramatic music starts low)
  • Health… You will be surprised.
  • So, let’s start a conversation about health…
  • And not talk about health care at all.
  • What?
  • Image of Windsor Star articles:
    • Rising food prices hard to swallow.  Consumers adjusting their habits
    • Almost half our Grade 7 kids overweight; 1 in 10 local students have hypertension, University of Windsor study reveals
  • Image of AM800 CKLW article:
    • Need rises at mission
  • Image of Leamington Post article:
    • Task force looks for suggestions to Pelee Island health care dilemma
  • (dramatic music gets louder)
  • We all know about our health problems…
    • obesity, cancer, injuries, diabetes, heart disease, asthma
    • 61% of Windsor-Essex County residents are overweight or obese
    • 18% report having high blood pressure
    • Lung cancer rates in men 18% higher than Ontario
  • And we all know what causes these problems…
    • Diet, smoking, inactivity, stress
    • 64% of Windsor-Essex County residents do not eat enough vegetables and fruit
    • 18% smoke
    • 49% are inactive
    • 8.7% are unemployed
  • (music becomes even more dramatic)
  • But do we really know the causes?
  • It’s just not that simple…
  • Poverty = poor health
  • And the more money you have, the healthier you are
  • Everyone’s affected…
    • $20,000, $40,000, $60,000, $80,000, $100,000+
  • Health improves at every rung up the social and income ladder
  • (music reaches a crescendo)
  • (music then becomes contemporary and upbeat)
  • Why?
  • There are many forces that impact health…
    • Picture of a person labelled “me” surrounded by floating words: activity, food, eating, health care access, family clothing, coping, housing
  • Lifestyle decisions I make, Housing and food I can afford, Social stressors I face
  • Education I have, Community connectedness I experience, Occupation I hold, Income I earn
  • Big public policy choices, Social policies, Housing policies, Our community policy choices, Economic policies, Labour policies
  • Okay… let’s meet six-year old Jenna
  • Jenna is in the ER again.  Why?
  • Her asthma is worse because her mother is smoking again.
  • Her mother is stressed.  She can’t pay the bills and there is mould in the apartment.  Why?
  • She’s a single mom working a minimum wage, part-time job.
  • Why can’t she get a new job?
  • Jenna’s mom doesn’t have the education to do anything else…
  • What do Jenna and her mother need for their health?
    • Affordable, healthy food and housing
    • Ability to make healthy decisions
    • Coping skills
    • Knowledge about healthy lifestyles
    • Education and training for a good job
    • Money for housing, food, clothing
    • Work benefits
    • Safe community with friends and family
    • Healthy diverse economy
  • (music slows)
  • Hey!  Who shifted the focus?
  • (music shifts to be more upbeat)
  • We’re talking about way more than:
    • Hospitals
    • Genetics
    • Smoking
    • Exercise
    • Diet
  • Now we’re talking about:
    • Our schools
    • Our jobs
    • Our friends and family
    • Our employers
    • Our government
    • The place we call home
    • Our community
  • Health care cannot fix our health problems
  • We are truly at a fork in the road
  • If we continue where we’re headed…
  • (Picture of a sign post with directional markers)
    • More illness care
    • Community prosperity
  • Health costs $182 billion – 2009 (CIHI, 2011)
    • Rising every year
    • A dead end road
    • Not sustainable
    • A very expensive band aid!
  • Or, we can take another direction, towards:
  • (Picture of a sign post again with directional markers)
    • Community
    • Prosperity
    • Well-being
    • Productivity
    • Health
  • (music shifts to be much more positive and upbeat)
  • We can choose…
    • Training
    • Supportive neighbourhoods
    • Affordable housing
    • Diversity
    • Walkable communities
    • Local food
    • Income supports
    • Community engagement
    • Living wages
    • Early child development
    • Public transportation
    • Community engagement
    • Schools
    • Better quality homes
    • Child care
  • (music getting more excited)
  • Our community
    • We are Windsor-Essex County
    • We are known for our diversity and resilience
  • As a community we come together to create solutions and solve problems
  • The Windsor Star articles:
    • Windsor funds expansion of community gardens
    • Windsor’s generosity shines even in tough times
  • AM800 CKLW articles:
    • Job prospects up in W-E
    • Quit Smoking Campaign
  • Leamington Post article:
    • Health Unit introduces “Losing Weight the Healthy Weigh”
  • We can rewrite Jenna and her mother’s story
  • (beautiful voices sing with the instrumental music and the music gets louder)
    • Jenna and her mother feel great!  They have…
      • Property standards that promote clean, safe housing
      • A municipal council committed to diversifying the economy
      • Colleges that offer low-cost evening upgrade classes
      • A caring employer and good benefits
      • Good friends they can turn to
      • Free support to quit smoking from the local health unit
      • …and excellent health care providers, should they ever need them.
    • So, what can we do?
      • We can improve our community’s health because we are…
        • Nurses, teachers, builders, neighbours, business women, students, school trustees, municipal councillors, our community
      • So, let’s start a conversation about health…
      • And not talk about health care at all…
      • And then, let’s get moving…
  • Adapted with permission from the Sudbury & District Health Unit, 2012
  • Crimsonpepper Inc. Design & Multimedia
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • For more information visit:  www.wechu.org
  • Copyright 2014