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[email protected] 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.

SMDHU Annual Report 2020-2021

2019-2020 [email protected] Muskoka - Full colour (PDF) OR Minimal ink for printing (PDF)

2018-2019 [email protected] Muskoka (PDF)

2017-2018 [email protected] Muskoka (PDF)

2016/2017 [email protected] Muskoka (PDF)

2015/2016 [email protected] Muskoka (PDF)

Mitigating Harms of COVID-19 Public Health Measures: Situational Assessment Report (July 2020)

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), in collaboration with several other Ontario public health agencies, completed a situational assessment to help determine how community-based public health measures are negatively influencing the health and well-being of the general population and sub-populations, and to identify mitigation strategies to reduce these negative impacts. To access the final report and all component reports, please click here.

COVID-19 Infection and Marginalization in Simcoe Muskoka report (August 25, 2020)

The rate of COVID-19 infections in Simcoe Muskoka is highest among those that live in areas that are moderately or well resourced, as measured by the Ontario Marginalization Index. For more information on the impact of marginalization on COVID-19 infection in Simcoe Muskoka see the full report and summary presentation.

COVID-19 Infection and Links with Ethno-Culturally Diverse Areas in Simcoe Muskoka (June 15, 2020)

The rate of COVID-19 infections in Simcoe Muskoka is highest among those that live in areas with greater ethnic diversity when compared to areas with lower ethnic diversity as measured by the Ontario Marginalization Index. For more information on the impact of COVID-19 infections in culturally diverse areas of Simcoe Muskoka see the full report and summary presentation.

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

Chief Medical Officer of Health Report

The 2017 Annual Chief Medical Officer of Health Report, Connected Communities; healthier together has been published.

  Mental Health Promotion Strategy Report

The health unit’s Strategic Transition Plan 2019-2020 outlines a goal to promote positive mental health across the lifespan and to create a Mental Health Promotion Strategy for the agency that is reflective of the community we serve. NEW Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Mental Health Promotion Strategy Report outlines our strategy.

Smoke-Free Ontario Modernization- NEW A report of the Executive Steering Committee (pdf) 

Rapid Review Report -

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

Annual Reportable Disease Surveillance Reports

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

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

This summary report offers an overview of the various initiatives collaboratively undertaken by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), school boards and schools in Simcoe Muskoka each school year to promote and protect health and to prevent disease and injury.

Read the 2018-2019 Partnership Initiatives Report (PDF)

Read the 2017-2018 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, 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.

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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