Rural / Northern Health Research

The Northern Ontario Child and Youth Health Report
Steering Committee Members

The Northern Ontario Child and Youth Health Report presented the most current regional information on the health status and determinants of health for children and youth residing in Northern Ontario, Canada. The report was officially released in June of 2003. This project has been a collaborative effort headed by The Northern Health Information Partnership (NHIP). The advisory committee is co-chaired by Vic Sahai of NHIP, and Kate Tilleczek of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR). Members of the advisory group include representatives from Laurentian University, Nipissing University, Lakehead University, three Northern Ontario District Health Councils, District Health Units, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Many other community members have provided valuable research direction and input into the use of the report.

The information in the report was provided from a number of current sources including: Reportable Disease Information System, Mortality Data from Vital Statistics, Hospital Morbidity Data collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), Ontario Student Drug Use Survey (OSDUS) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), The Canadian Census (2001), Ontario Ministry of Education, Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (2002).

The project has attempted to provide a baseline description of the health of children and youth from ages 7 to 19 years in Northern Ontario, Canada. Children and youth live in families, families live in communities and communities are embedded in regions. Regional information on children and youth is, therefore, important in providing contextual information about the lives of children and youth.

(funded by the Northern Health Information Partnership)