Safe Communities Wellington County Re-Designation Update

Wellington County, November 22, 2017 - Safe Communities Wellington County (SCWC) held its Priority Setting Exercise at the Wellington County Museum & Archives on November 22, 2017 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  

Sixty-two individuals, representing over 30 Wellington County Organizations, Service Agencies’, and Departments attended the Priority Setting Exercise (PSE).

“It is about the people in this room and working together,” said Inspector Scott Lawson, Wellington County OPP, “We all need to come up with strategies surrounding harm reduction to ensure we tackle these issues going forward. 

The day was comprised of two pillars; First, the presentation of data that captures Emergency Room Visits, Hospital Stays and Mortality Statistics as they refer to seven injury categories; including, Pedestrians & Cyclists, Motor Vehicle – On & Off Road, Agricultural, Machinery & Tools, Sports & Recreation, Falls, Accidental Poisonings, and Intentional Self Harm.  Participants were given the opportunity to contextualize the data, ensuring they understood the injury categories and the impact they have on the safety of residents living in Wellington County.

Second, the Qualitative Assessment of the statistics by the sixty-two participants; everyone was given a chance to rank two preselected injury categories per table based on a selection of statements.

Following the completion of the two pillars, SCWC announced the injury rankings using the Quantitative Data presented at the beginning of the day, The Public Survey, and the Qualitative Assessment provided by the participants of the Priority Setting Exercise.

1.     Motor Vehicle Collisions – On & Off Road

2.     Falls

3.     Intentional Self Harm

4.     Accidental Poisonings

5.     Pedestrian & Cyclists

6.     Sports & Recreation

7.     Agricultural, Machinery & Tools

The detailed data will guide our programs required to make an impact in each local municipality throughout Wellington County.   SCWC will also be looking at our current partners throughout Wellington County to figure out the best course of action and the influence we all can have, not only in our top three priorities, but in all seven injury categories.

“We now have a solid and credible foundation on which to build our strategic plan,” stated Gregg Davidson, Co-Chair, Safe Communities Wellington County

About Safe Communities Wellington County

The vision of Safe Communities Wellington County as part of Parachute is “To make Wellington County, the safest and healthiest place in which to live, learn, work and thrive in Canada.”

A safe community is one that promotes safe and healthy behaviours and protects people from hurt and harm. The Safe Communities Wellington Committee, with representatives from local municipal councils, emergency services, public health, school boards and other stakeholders with an interest in making Wellington County a safe place to live.

We are always looking for passionate individuals or organizations that are interested in partnering or participating with Safe Communities Wellington County! Please contact Program Co-ordinator Christine Veit at safecwc@gmail.com for more information. Follow SCWC on Twitter @safecwc and on Facebook.

Media Contact:

Christine Veit, Program Coordinator

Safe Communities Wellington County

safecwc@gmail.com

226-820-1413


 

Updated January 22, 2018