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Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk school boards and health units formalize partnership for Healthy Schools

For immediate release. May 9, 2017 (Brantford, ON) - Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and Grand Erie District School Board will continue their partnership with Brant County Health Unit and Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit by signing a protocol titled Partnering Together for Healthy Schools.

The protocol formalizes the commitment and longstanding collaboration of public health and education in Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk in various areas of focus: to positively influence the health and well-being of children and youth through strategic partnership, communication, knowledge exchange, development of supportive environments, health protection and health promotion.

The link between health and education is paramount since healthy students are better learners, and education is a key determinant of health.

The protocol outlines the declaration statement, purpose, guiding principles, approach, and the agreement. Four working agreements are in progress or complete. The working agreements include the Healthy Schools Initiatives, the School and Student Immunization Process, Outbreak and Pandemic Preparedness, and Student Oral Health.

An official signing of the Partnering Together for Healthy Schools protocol will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. in the Library of Walter Gretzky Elementary School/St. Basil Catholic Elementary School.

“We recognize that the development of healthy habits early on in a child’s life can impact their long-term health outcomes,” said Dr. Jo Ann Tober, Executive Director, Brant County Health Unit. “It’s important that we continue to work together to provide the community supports that can help a child achieve their optimal health.”

“Working with our public health partners, in a collaborative way, supports the belief that child and youth well-being is a shared responsibility. This partnership, along with the support of our families and community agencies, provides our students with the best possible opportunity for optimal health,” said Chris N. Roehrig, Director of Education, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board. 

“Collaboration and partnership are essential, especially when health and education are involved,” said Brenda Blancher, Director of Education, Grand Erie District School Board. “Together, with the health units, we are working closely with families, schools and community partners to promote positive, healthy outcomes for our students.”

“We know that health and education are symbiotic, one impacts the other and vice versa,” said Susan Taylor, Director of Public Health, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. “For that reason, a partnership agreement such as this is an important step in formally recognizing the interconnected nature of our goals and our shared commitment to creating healthy school communities that foster student well-being and success.” 

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Contacts:

  • Tracey Austin | Manager of Communications and Community Relations | Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board | 519-756-6505 Ext 234
  • Shawn McKillop | Manager of Communications and Community Relations | Grand Erie District School Board | 905-978-1417
  • Veronica Magee | Communications Manager (Acting) | Brant County Health Unit | 519-753-4937 ext. 298
  • Josh Daley | Program Manager (Interim) | Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit | 519.426.6170 ext. 3370