This year’s Annual Report is entitled Exploring New Horizons: Promoting Health and Community Empowerment and highlights our accomplishments promoting health and empowering communities.
Best Start, a key maternal and child health program of Health Nexus made the transition from print to digital this year, offering our resources in a variety of formats, including PDFs, html pages, websites, videos, online courses and archived webinars. Resources are available to the public and their care providers via a searchable web page, high-resolution files for printing, and an easy process for resource adaption.
The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) demonstrated its impact through positive change in breastfeeding rates in Ontario, the implementation of the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and increased hospital BFI designations.
We raised awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the invisible disability, through FASD Ontario, a bilingual website providing a one-stop source of information for parents and caregivers of individuals affected by FASD. Our FASD Network Group Program was able to offer provincially funded micro-subsidies to over 50 groups to mobilize knowledge and augment existing support group activities across the province.
Health Nexus moved forward on two of our federal projects, Facilitating Inter-sectoral Partnerships among Women Leaders for Political and Community Action. These projects support community organizations to create and maintain diverse urban and rural partnerships, bringing an equity lens to collaborative leadership with the support of the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) – formerly Status of Women Canada.
The downloadable pdf version of the Annual Report 2018-2019 is in an accessible format.