News: Reading the pulse of the community


News: Reading the pulse of the community

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Posted on January 07, 2020

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News: Reading the pulse of the community

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Congratulations to our Evaluation platform for their exceptional work on producing and publishing the 2019 Community Health Assessment (CHA) Report for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

A CHA identifies the strengths and needs of a population and aids in setting community-wide health priorities. The CHA helps us track health outcomes over time, identify the conditions that contribute to health disparities, and highlight opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention.

The CHA is legislated in Manitoba and is overseen by a collaborative group with representation from: the regional health authorities; the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living; CancerCare Manitoba; Addictions Foundation Manitoba; Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (University of Manitoba); and Manitoba Education & Training (Healthy Child Manitoba).

Working with the provincial Community Health Assessment Network, they identified 134 health indicators to include in the report, analyzed health administrative and survey data and conducted stakeholder engagement in order to produce a comprehensive report to guide future health planning and decision-making in the region.

Some key findings from the report:

  • Male and female life expectancy increased over time, however there is an 18 year difference in life expectancy between the lowest and highest Winnipeg neighborhood clusters.
  • Hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks and strokes have decreased in the Region over time.
  • Chronic disease burden is increasing. A staggering 26% of adults 50 to 64 years of age and 58% of older adults 65+ years of age were diagnosed with hypertension in 2016/17.
  • By age 17, less than 65% of children in the Winnipeg Health Region were up-to-date with their measles vaccinations. In some community areas, only 50% were up-to-date.
  • Sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) are on the rise, with a 394% increase in syphilis rates between 2014 and 2018.

The CHA is key to understanding the health needs of the population and is critical to effectively planning programs and services to meet their needs.

View the full report here: https://www.wrha.mb.ca/research/cha2019/community-health-assessment-2019-full.pdf