Child Health Consultation To Be Held In Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is holding consultations in various communities in hopes of talking about the well-being and health of kids from birth to the age of 17 across Northern B.C.

This will be Northern Health’s 7th consultation in the past decade.

Jonathon Dyck, Lead Public Affairs and Media Relations at Northern Health says it is all about getting people to talk about many different subjects regarding health.

“What we want to do is get out into communities and talk to them about a specific topic and this time it is about growing up healthy in Northern B.C. We want to go  to communities and hear what is working for those communities, what can be improved.”

There will be a report released after the consultations. The consultations include a short presentation and group discussion.

“The consultation builds on the Chief Medical Health Officer’s Child Health report released in April that highlights supports available for a healthy start for children in northern B.C., as well as areas that need to be addressed according to evidence-based research. The Child Health report is available under the community accountability section on northernhealth.ca.”

The report done by the Chief Medical Health officer also pointed out that there can be big differences growing up in Northern B.C.

“We know that there are some factors in Northern B.C. that are challenging for children and we want to see what improvements can be made. Those improvements need to be in partnership with other community groups. We want to listen to communities and see what we can do from our end and how we can support our partners as well.”

The consultation runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. tonight at the Pomeroy Hotel.

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