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Survey Underway

2017 Infant Feeding Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Health Unit doing this survey?

The information from the survey helps the health unit understand how families feed their babies. Collecting this information is one requirement of achieving Baby Friendly Initiative designation. This is our 4th year conducting the survey. The Baby-Friendly Initiative provides guidelines for hospital and community organizations to support families in meeting their infant feeding goals and helping babies get off to a healthy start. 

The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care requires that the health unit achieve Baby Friendly Initiative designation. Thus the health unit has an interest in breastfeeding rates or improvements in rates required for this designation.

When are calls being made?

Calls are being made from September 18 to October 14, 2017.


Why am I being contacted?

When your child was born, the hospital staff or midwife asked for your consent to complete and share your information with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.  For this year’s survey, we have selected a random sample of Simcoe Muskoka families who have babies between the ages of 5½ to 12 months.

What about consent?

When parents are called they are asked if they consent to participate in the survey. Participation is completely voluntary and an individual’s decision to participate or not participate, will not affect the care and/or services they receive from the health unit.

Are my responses anonymous?

The survey responses are entered into an electronic survey provider. No name, phone number or any contact information is being collected in the survey and we will not be able to link individual responses to people’s names or any contact information. Information used to contact respondents (name and phone number), is stored within a secured password protected electronic file. Your information is only accessed by those staff who are organizing and making phone calls, and will be deleted after the survey has been completed.

Has a review been completed?

Yes. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit completes an internal review using a team of people not connected to the design and development of the survey. The review helps to make sure the questions and methods are consistent with Provincial legislation.  

This review is based on the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2) which outlines the ethical considerations for data collection, such as confidentiality, honesty, objectivity, social responsibility and human subject’s protection, among others.

Questions regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information should be directed to the Office of the Privacy Officer, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, 15 Sperling Drive, Barrie ON L4M 6K9, (705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. 

Who is the information being shared with?

We will share general findings with local community partners including hospitals, family health teams, and community health centres to work in partnership to enhance programs and services that are offered to families. We will not report individual responses.

If you have questions about the survey or want more information contact:

Lori Webel-Edgar, RN, BScN, MN, CCHNC(C)
Program Manager, Reproductive Health
Community and Family Health Department
705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 x: 7209

For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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