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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  COMMUNITY HEALTH STUDY GROUP ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP

LAMBTON COUNTY:   The Lambton Community Health Study (LCHS) Board is pleased to announce that the effort to establish a multi-million dollar health study to determine the effects of the petro-chemical industry on the health of local residents is moving forward.

In the past 10 months, the LCHS has achieved significant progress. Highlights include:

·         Securing a 30% financial commitment from the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association.

·         Meeting with Health Canada officials in Ottawa.

·         Establishing a partnership with a leading Canadian scientist and academic partner, Dr. Laurie Chan - University of Ottawa - Canada Research Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health.

·         On June 10 and 11, representatives from the Community Health Study Group have been invited to attend a Partners Forum of the Canadian Institute for Health Research in Ottawa. 

Chair Anne Marie Gillis states, "Our academic partners praised the health study board for their dedication. Now that we have established partnerships with researchers, we are starting the third and final Phase of the Study." In the coming months, the board will be establishing funding agreements and memorandums of understanding with the partners.

Formed in 2007, the LCHS is composed of members from a broad community base. The LCHS gratefully acknowledges the support of the County of Lambton, the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Health Canada and MP Pat Davidson.    

Contact:
Anne Marie Gillis, Chair
519 542-9728  

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lambton Community Health Study Requests
Federal Funding

Wyoming, ON – Representatives from the Lambton Community Health Study group will travel to Ottawa tomorrow (November 19) to make a formal funding request of the federal government.

The group will be meeting with Sarnia-Lambton MP Pat Davidson, and officials from Health Canada and the federal Ministry of Health.  $4.8 million has been identified as necessary to complete Phase 3 of the study.  To date, the Lambton Community Health Study group has secured $1.4 million from the Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association and will be requesting $1.76 million over five years from the federal government.

The federal government is currently providing in-kind support of $100,000 per year.

"The Community Health Study Board is appreciative of the support it has received so far from MP Davidson and its community partners," says Chair Anne Marie Gillis.  "However it is absolutely vital that senior levels of government contribute monetarily in order for this important initiative to be successful."

The Lambton Community Health Study Board was formed in 2008. The Board has representation from a diverse group of local stakeholders including municipalities, first nations, business, labour, industry, occupational health, victims of occupational illness, and public health.

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Contact:

Anne Marie Gillis
Chair, Health Study Board of Directors
Lambton Community Health Study
Telephone: 519-542-9728
email: sarcouncillor@gmail.com

 

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Health Study Board to Create Sustainability Plan

Anne Marie Gillis, Chair of the Lambton Community Health Study, announced today that the Board of Directors has agreed to create a sustainability plan to ensure that the Lambton Community Health Study is completed. "The board spent the day revisiting our original goals and objectives. Today we struck a Task Force that will develop an action plan that will be released shortly. The Board remains committed to the key objectives that formed the creation of the Lambton Community Health Study."

The Lambton Community Health Study Board was formed in 2008. The Board has representation from a diverse group of local stakeholders including municipalities, first nations, business, labour, industry, occupational health, victims of occupational illness, and public health.

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Contacts:

Anne Marie Gillis                                                 Mary Jane Marsh

Chair, Health Study Board of Directors         Independent

Telephone:  519 542-9728                                Process Observer

Email: gillisam@ebtech.net                              519 864-1531

 

NEWS RELEASE

Monday, February 28, 2011                                             For Immediate Release

Health Study Phase II Reports Released

Three reports that present the results of Phase II activities of the Lambton Community Health Study are available to the public. The reports can be viewed on-line at www.lambtonhealthstudy.ca.

The first report is, A Systematic Literature Review of Health Outcomes Associated with Living near Petrochemical Industries. The review was completed by consultants Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc. The purpose of the systematic literature review was to summarize scientific research that has been conducted in other communities where residents live near petrochemical industries. It is important for the Health Study Board to look at these studies in order to understand what has been found elsewhere and to identify the appropriate study methods we must use to reach meaningful conclusions. The 250 page document includes a detailed summary and discussion of 130 relevant research papers and reports.

The literature review revealed that most studies did not find conclusive evidence of a link between living near petrochemical industries and various health outcomes and that many studies were of low quality. The authors of the review identified several limitations of the existing studies and cautioned Lambton to design its study with these in mind.

The authors recommend that:

  • A community health study must account for several factors that can influence health including occupation, lifestyle and residential history
  • A community health study must properly measure exposures to chemicals and not rely on distance from industry as the only measure of exposure

The authors identified some key studies that demonstrated sound study methods. It will be important for the Board and future study consultants to carefully examine the methods used in these key studies to ensure a scientifically rigorous study is conducted here in Lambton.

While a number of studies did not provide conclusive evidence of an increased risk of disease, the authors found that leukemia, asthma and other upper respiratory diseases in children were potentially associated with living near petrochemical industries.

The authors recommend that a study in Lambton should look at these diseases as well as cancers that have been shown to be linked to occupational exposure to petrochemicals: lung cancer, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, and lymphoma.

The health study board will consider the results of the literature review along with the results of the surveys and open houses to develop research questions for a proposed community health study.

The second report, entitled Lambton Community Health Study Open House Report summarizes findings from a series of Open House meetings that took place throughout the county in November 2010.

The third report, the Lambton Community Health Study Telephone Survey Summary Report provides a detailed description of the responses to a telephone survey of 500 Lambton residents that was conducted in October 2010.

The full reports can be downloaded from the health study website at www.lambtonhealthstudy.ca. Comments about the Literature Review report may be submitted online through the website. Comments will be accepted for a period of 60 days.

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Contacts:

Jim Burns                                                                       Mary Jane Marsh

 Chair, Health Study Board of Directors                   Independent

Telephone:  519 845-0801                                          Process Observer

Email: jim.burns@county-lambton.on.ca                 519 864-1531

 

NEWS RELEASE

Friday, December 10, 2010                          For Immediate Release

Health Study Survey Online

The Lambton Community Health Study Committee is encouraging residents to participate in an on-line survey. The committee was formed to study environmental effects on the health of Lambton County residents.

"The purpose of the on-line survey is to give everyone an opportunity to say what health concerns they have, to help the board identify priorities", states Jim Burns, Chair of the Health Study Committee. "We want to understand the concerns of local residents."

Lambton County residents may participate in the survey by completing the on-line survey - www.lambtonhealthstudy.ca

People without access to the on-line survey may request a paper copy contacting the Lambton Community Health Services Department at 519 383-8331 or in person at 160 Exmouth Street in Point Edward. The survey will remain open until 12 midnight Friday December 31, 2010.

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Contacts:

Jim Burns                                                        Mary Jane Marsh

 Chair, Health Study Board of Directors                 Independent

Telephone:  519 845-0801                                  Process Observer

Email: jim.burns@county-lambton.on.ca                519 864-1531

                                                                   

NEWS RELEASE

Friday, November 5, 2010                                      For Immediate Release

Health Study Committee to Host Open House Meetings

The Lambton Community Health Study Committee was formed to study environmental effects on the health of Lambton County residents. Through the month of November, the study committee will hold a series of five Open Houses in various locations throughout Lambton County.

"The purpose of the Open House meetings is quite simple", states Jim Burns, Chair of the Health Study Committee. "We want to listen to the concerns of local residents. Through the Open Houses, our telephone survey and an on-line survey, we hope to identify the types of questions that a detailed health study would seek to answer."

Interested local residents are encouraged to attend the meeting in the location most convenient for them.  The full list of meeting dates, times and locations can be found online at www.lambtonhealthstudy.ca or by calling the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department at 519 383-8331. 

Location

Date

Hall

Address

Petrolia

Nov. 16
7-9pm

Petrolia Lions Hall

 

451 Huggard St., Petrolia

Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Nov. 17
7-9pm

Health Centre - Community Health Room

1300 Tashmoo Ave., Sarnia

Corunna

Nov. 24
7-9pm

Royal Canadian Legion - Corunna Branch

350 Albert St. (at Beckwith St.), Corunna

Forest

Nov. 25
7-9pm

Royal Canadian Legion - Forest Branch

58 Albert St., Forest

Sarnia

Nov. 30
7-9pm

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Hall Local 914

900 Devine St. (at Indian Rd.), Sarnia

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Contacts: 

Jim Burns                                                       Mary Jane Marsh

Lambton County Warden /                                 Independent

Chair, Health Study Board of Directors                Process Observer

Telephone:  519 845-0801                                 519 864-1531

Email: jim.burns@county-lambton.on.ca


 

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, September 30, 2010                      For Immediate Release

 

Health Study to Conduct Telephone Survey

The Lambton Community Health Study Committee wants to know local residents' views on health concerns related to industrial pollution. Through the month of October, 500 Lambton residents will be randomly selected to participate in a 10 minute telephone survey will be conducted by CCI Research.

According to Mary Jane Marsh, Independent Process Observer to the study, "the purpose of this survey is to collect information that will help researchers design and conduct a Community Health Study. We will be able to design a better study if we have input and feedback from Lambton County residents."

The telephone survey is only one of the ways that the Health Study will be seeking input from residents. There will also be a series of Open Houses throughout the County in November, as well as an online survey that will be open to all residents. The information from the telephone survey, the open houses, and the on-line survey will be combined with the results of an extensive literature review in order to help the board determine the level of community support and establish research questions, methods and funding requirements for an in depth Community Health Study. 

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Contacts:

Jim Burns                                                  Mary Jane Marsh

Lambton County Warden /                            Independent

Chair, Health Study Board of Directors             Process Observer

Telephone:  519 845-0801                            519 864-1531

Email: jim.burns@county-lambton.on.ca

 

BACKGROUND - Lambton Community Health Study

In early 2007, a meeting of community leaders and stakeholders took place and it was agreed that a study of the health effects associated with exposure to environmental emissions is a public health priority.

The health study Board of Directors was formed in 2008. The Board has representation from a diverse group of local stakeholders including municipalities, first nations, business, labour, industry, occupational health, victims of occupational illness, and public health. The County of Lambton has committed in-kind support for the health study group.

The Health Study Board has developed a multi-year plan which involves three distinct phases.

  • Phase I involved the establishment of a community based governance structure and the identification of a Board of Directors to oversee the project. This phase is complete.
  • Phase II will include a comprehensive literature review, community engagement, development of research questions and the development of call for proposals for Phase III.
  • Phase III will be the undertaking of the identified study(ies), communication of the results to Lambton residents and stakeholder groups, identification of next steps and remedial initiatives, if required.