Get Informed, Be Heard, and Vote… Because Your Municipality Matters!
Special to the Bulletin
Northwestern Health Unit
With municipal elections approaching across the region, the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is encouraging local residents to learn about and discuss public health issues that affect our communities. The NWHU has launched a campaign asking people to “Get Informed, Be Heard, and Vote”.
The campaign aims to help the public have conversations with local candidates or other voters to make an informed decision at the ballot box. “We hope voters make an informed decision based on which candidates reflect their views on issues which are important to them,” says the health unit’s medical officer of health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon. “One way to learn this is by talking with candidates and participating in meetings or debates happening in your area.”
Using local data, the health unit’s campaign focuses on key healthy public policy issues such as alcohol use, cannabis use, smoke-free spaces, and poverty. “Local politicians can make a difference in the health of residents by supporting healthy public policy, which can impact socio-economic and environmental conditions, and improve overall health,” states Dr. Kit Young-Hoon.
The campaign also highlights the importance of voting in municipal elections and urges the public to be aware of their community’s voting method and to make plans to vote on election day, October 22nd.
For more information about the campaign, please visit the health unit’s website, www.nwhu.on.ca.