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Communities recognized for “helping people be healthy”

(Horizon) June 27, 2016 - Community-based initiatives are improving access to transportation, mental health and primary health care services in the Fredericton Area, Oromocto Area and in Petitcodiac, Salisbury, Havelock and Elgin. These are among the key priority areas identified in their respective Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). 

 "We are pleased to see that our community partners are taking the health and wellness of their residents as seriously as we do," said John McGarry, President and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "Together we are more effective in addressing the many factors that impact the health of our population and for Horizon that means improving community-based primary care and health services overall." 

Three of the 13 communities with completed CHNA reports are highlighted in the first issue of In Your Community: Community Health Needs Assessments in Action ( link), a publication acknowledging achievements stemming from the report's recommendations. Future issues will highlight the work from other communities.

Among the work featured is a dial-a-ride program for rural areas with limited transportation; a counsellor offering award-winning classroom programs for increasing empathy in students; and an organic farmer improving access to healthy food. 

"The work highlighted is just a snapshot of the considerable effort that has gone into this initiative by the communities," said Jean Daigle, VP Community with Horizon Health Network. "These community leaders are also ambassadors for our province and we are thankful for their contributions to improving the overall health of our population." 

Since 2012, Horizon has been partnering with communities to complete CHNAs. A CHNA is a dynamic and ongoing process that identifies the unique strengths and needs of a community. This information provides both Horizon and the communities with a roadmap to achieving a common goal: to improve the overall health of New Brunswick communities. 

To download a copy of In Your Community or to view the completed Community Health Needs Assessment reports, visit


Media contact:

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
Senior Media Relations Advisor
Horizon Health Network

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