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Annual Community Report

Health@Simcoe Muskoka is an annual look at both ongoing activities and the new public health issues emerging in our changing world. This document includes the agency’s annual report.

2016/2017 Health@Simcoe Muskoka (PDF)


Our Built Environment

Naturalized Outdoor Play Areas at Schools

School ground greening, also referred to as naturalization, is a growing international movement. It involves transforming hard, barren expanses of turf and asphalt into places that include a diversity of natural and built elements. This rapid evidence review explores how school ground greening impacts the health of elementary school students--particularly from a play and physical activity perspective. Additional child health and development benefits are identified along with recommendations and resources for schools.

Natural Outdoor Play Areas at Schools to Support Physical Activity and Health — A Rapid Evidence Review

Report Highlights

Active Transportation 

This evaluation report may be useful to local municipalities, other Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit programs with an interest in partnering with local municipalities, as well as other health departments and municipalities with an interest in collaborating on an active transportation workshop or similar project.

Read the Active Transportation Municipal Partnership Project Evaluation Report 



Literature Review: Built Environment's Impact on Public Health

In 2008 the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit issued a report including a summary of research and a list of recommendations to improve health through changes to the built environment.

To read the full report, click here (1.0 Mb PDF)


Rapid Review Report - NEW

Effective Psychological and Psychosocial Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Disorders, November 2016 (pdf)


Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Annual Report

 The 2016 Annual Chief Medical Officer of Health Report, Improving the Odds, Championing Health Equity in Ontario, is now available. This report discusses health equity and how the public health sector is well placed to champion health equity by bringing together partners to develop policies and programs that reduce or eliminate social, economic and environmental barriers to good health. 


Annual Reportable Disease Surveillance Reports

Incidence of most relevant reportable diseases in Simcoe Muskoka (pdf)


Food for Thought II: A Call to Action

The report summarizes the discussions and conclusions of a one-day workshop on food security held in November, 2013. (PDF, 2.0 Mb)  


Barrie Community Food Security Workshop Report

Food security affects everyone. Healthy food makes healthy cities. A summary report resulting from the Barrie Community Food Security Workshop occurring on March 25, 2013 including background information, goals, outcomes and proposed next steps. Read the Barrie Community Food Security Workshop Report (PDF, 4Mb) 


Summary Report of Partnership Initiatives between the SMDHU and School Boards and Schools in Simcoe Muskoka

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) works with schools and School Boards within Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka to promote and protect health and to prevent disease and injury. 

This summary report offers an overview of the various initiatives collaboratively undertaken by the SMDHU, School Boards and schools in Simcoe Muskoka each school year. For the purpose of these reports, these initiatives have been described in relation to the key components of the Ministry of Education K-12 School Effectiveness Framework: A support for school improvement and student success and the Foundations for a Healthy School.

Read the 2016-2017 Partnership Initiatives Report (PDF)

Read the 2015-2016 Partnership Initiatives Report (PDF)

Read the 2014-2015 Partnership Initiatives Report (PDF)



Addressing the Determinants of Health: A Health Equity Framework

The health unit's 2012-2016 Strategic Plan outlines a commitment to target broad social determinants of health and reduce health inequities among population groups. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Approach to Addressing Determinants of Health is a foundational document that sets the groundwork for this effort. Read the full document.  NOTE: PDF file is 107 pages. (3.22 Mb)


Focus on Health Stats Reports (link)

Periodically through the year the health unit compiles known data about the community's health, focusing on special topics. Statistics and epidemiological information paint a clear picture of how people's health is affected by specific influences.

Child and Youth Situational Assessment (0-17 Years) 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has conducted a situational assessment of effective or best practice strategies and interventions to prevent chronic disease and promote healthy weights among children and youth 0-17 years of age.

The situational assessment is presented in two parts: An evidence summary, titled "Preventing Chronic Disease and Promoting Healthy Weights in Children and Youth:  Evidence Summary", and an environmental scan with community partners titled "Preventing Chronic Disease and Promoting Healthy Weights in Children and Youth: Environmental Scan", that was conducted to determine which practices are being implemented in Simcoe Muskoka.

Read the Environmental Scan Report  (PDF)

Read the Evidence Summary Report  (PDF)


Evaluation Report - Comprehensive Workplace Health Pilot Project

Review of a two-year nine workplace pilot into workplace health programming.  


Evaluation of Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Planning, Preparation and Response to the G8 Summit (link)

Summarizes the health unit's role in preparation and response to the G8 Summit held in Huntsville, June 2010. 


Response to pH1N1 in Simcoe and Muskoka 2009 (Link)

An evaluation of health unit response to the pH1N1 outbreak of 2009. Covers April 2009 to December 2009, with a focus on the second wave and the Mass Immunization Clinics (October 26 to December 16, 2009).


2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Activity and Impacts Report (link)

An epidemiological report on the H1N1 influenza pandemic, comparing local impact to: provincial impact, seasonal influenza, and scenarios within the health unit's pandemic plan.

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