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2023 Infant Feeding Survey Frequently Asked Questions

This year we are resuming the annual Infant Feeding Survey for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The survey was last conducted in 2019. The infant feeding survey is important because we use the information to help us plan and improve programs and services to support families with their infant feeding goals.
Calls are being made from September 11th to 29th, 2023.
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 2023, we have selected a random sample of families from Simcoe Muskoka who have babies between the ages of six to just under 12 months.
When you are called, you will be asked for your consent to participate in the survey. Participation is voluntary and your decision to answer the survey questions, will not affect the care and/or services you receive from the health unit.
Yes. Your survey responses are entered into an electronic survey provider. Names, phone numbers and contact information are not being collected in the survey and we cannot 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 can only be accessed by those staff who are organizing and making phone calls. This information will be deleted after the survey has been completed.

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 ensures that the questions and process 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.

We will share general findings with local community partners including hospitals, family health teams, and community health centres so that we can work together to improve programs and services offered to families in Simcoe Muskoka. We do not report individual survey responses.

We use the information from the survey to understand what local babies are fed and factors that influence this, and to help the Health Unit and other community partners plan and improve programs and services to support families with feeding their babies.

Please contact SMDHU’s Health Connection,

(705)721-7520, Toll-Free 1-(877)721-7520, or by email:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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 or visit our webpages
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