Why are local health statistics important?
What does our community look like? What are the needs in our community? What is the health status of our community? These are some of the questions that can be answered by analyzing health data.
The primary role of a public health unit in Ontario is to improve the health and well-being of the whole population through the promotion and protection of health and the prevention of illness. We do this by delivering a variety of programs and services designed to improve the health of the residents of Simcoe Muskoka. To assist with the planning and evaluating of these programs and services, we assess the health needs of our local communities through the analysis and synthesis of information from a variety of sources. Health units play a vital role in keeping communities informed of key public health issues and the health status of their population. All health units in Ontario, as part of the Ontario Public Health Standards, are required to provide population health information to the public, community partners, and health care providers. In Simcoe and Muskoka, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit provides this information through the HealthSTATS section of our website.
What is HealthSTATS?
The HealthSTATS section of the health unit's website contains data and information for use by public health, hospitals, clinics, local governments, schools, other community agencies and the general public. In many cases, this information is used to help plan services to improve the health of our community.
HealthSTATS, provides information on the health of Simcoe Muskoka residents. HealthSTATS contains information on a variety of topics of public health importance and new content is added to the site on an ongoing basis. Availability of the data depends on the source of the information. In addition to the topic-based web pages, a number of Focus on HealthSTATS reports are available, which provide detailed information on specific health topics. Provincial data are used for comparative purposes where available and appropriate.
Questions about the content of this site should be directed to the health unit’s phone line for all health information: Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or (877)721-7520, or by email.