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PMH Releases 2019 Community Health Assessment


Comprehensive document informs future health programs and services planning

After much intensive work, Prairie Mountain Health has completed the fifth comprehensive Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA is a dynamic, ongoing process undertaken to identify the strengths and needs of a community. It enables community-wide establishment of health priorities and facilitates collaborative action planning directed at reducing health disparities, improving community health status and quality of life.

Coordinated provincially, the Community Health Assessment Network (CHAN) worked collaboratively to structure the document using a common template. This approach will enable Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) to compare data more easily amongst regions, poising health organizations to draw on each other’s learnings and strengths. CHAN is comprised of representatives from all five RHAs within Manitoba, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, CancerCare Manitoba, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Healthy Child Manitoba and Manitoba Health Seniors and Active Living.

Prairie Mountain Health CEO Penny Gilson thanked the CHAN working group for their dedication and commitment in completing such a large undertaking. Gilson says this work contributes greatly to the region’s health story.

“We always look forward to the information that is contained within this extensive report, which is the culmination of continued statistical gathering and analysis that really, started not long after our last report was released in 2015. We will be sharing the stories behind the numbers with our health partners and stakeholders, and work with them to further identify strengths, opportunities and challenges as we go forward into the 2020’s and beyond,” Gilson stated.

Some of the key regional findings from the report include:

  • More than 23,000 Prairie Mountain Health residents live with respiratory disease such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema. The rate is significantly higher than the provincial average, increased significantly over time and remains the highest in the province.
  • Heart attack and stroke rates have decreased significantly in Prairie Mountain Health and are amongst the lowest in the province.
  • Prairie Mountain Health has the highest proportion of community-dwelling older adults prescribed benzodiazepines in the province with over 20% having a potentially inappropriate prescription.
  • The Prairie Mountain Health 2019 CHA will be used to inform strategic and operational planning, helping the region to identify priorities based on evidence from a variety of sources.


To read the full Report as well as the executive summary, click here.

A French translation of the Executive Summary will be available in early 2020.