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Community Early Years Snapshots to Help Service Providers in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts

A series of community snapshots are being released today compiling data to reveal strengths and vulnerable areas for children and families in ten communities throughout the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. This is the first release of information combined at a community level and is intended to provide a planning resource for service providers to address various opportunities, needs and issues within our communities.

“We know there are planning bodies and service providers throughout the districts who can use these data to both plan and meet the various needs in their communities and lead to improvements in the lives of children and their families” said FIREFLY’s CEO Karen Ingebrigtson.

The Community Early Years Snapshots are a result of a collaborative effort between the Data Analysis Coordinators of FIREFLY and the Epidemiologist at the Northwestern Health Unit. This partnership will be ongoing as additional key indicators are identified and as data become available from the 2011 Census and other sources.

“The development of the Early Years Snapshots gives the Health Unit a unique opportunity to review and share data at a level more relevant to our communities.” said Dr. James Arthurs, Medical Officer of Health. “We look forward to building on the snapshots and working with our partners to support planning efforts across the district.”

The Community Early Years Snapshots provide data on community demographics, birth, health and safety and early learning outcomes. All 10 community snapshots are available online at www.fireflynw.ca and www.nwhu.on.ca.

Media Contacts:

  • Karen Ingebrigtson
    Chief Executive Officer
    (807) 467-5437 ext. 2301
    [email protected]
  • James Arthurs, MD MMM
    Medical Officer of Health
    Northwestern Health Unit
    (807) 468-3147
    [email protected]

Additional Quotes:

“These reports come at an important time for our Best Start Network as we move towards a seamless system of service delivery for children and families across the district.” said Kim Harder, Co-Chair of the Kenora District Best Start Network. “We would encourage our service providers to use this information in their efforts to integrate services to support our families.”

“The community snapshot data will complement and enhance our intranet “System Navigator” project which collaboratively shares information on services and staff across the district.” said Deb Cousineau, Co-Chair of the Rainy River District Best Start Network.