Government health prevention policy

QUEBECJune 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, accompanied by the Minister of Education and the Minister responsible for the status of women, Isabelle Charesttoday unveiled the government’s Interdepartmental Action Plan (PAI) 2022-2025 for Health Prevention Policy (PGPS).

The doctor Horacio ArrudaDeputy Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Services and Ambassador of the PGPS, as well as Sylvie Bernierpresident of the National Healthy Lifestyles Tables and Olympic medalist, were also on hand to mark the launch of the action plan.

For its realization, the government is granting an unprecedented investment of $120 million, or $40 million a year, through 2024-2025. This is double the previous investments.

In the current context, this second action plan of the PGPS appears to be one of the main action tools of the Health Plan to step up efforts and exercise strong leadership in prevention and health promotion to improve the health status and quality of life of the inhabitants of Quebec, while reducing social inequalities in health. Thus, the government is acting upstream of the development of health problems and not in response, to relieve pressure on the health and social services system in the coming years.

The actions of the PAI 2022-2025 revolve around four main orientations:

  1. Developing people’s abilities from an early age: $20.6 million;
  2. Developing healthy and safe communities and areas: $51.3 million;
  3. Improving living conditions that promote health: $38.9 million;
  4. Strengthening prevention actions in the health and social services system: $8.3 million.

The PAI 2022-2025 is the result of sustained collaborative work that mobilizes decision-makers, managers and professionals from more than twenty government departments and agencies, led by the MSSS. This mobilization was launched by Public Health, which made targeted calls to experts, including the National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ).

Minister Dubé also invited Quebecers to monitor their adherence to healthy lifestyle habits by examining five simple factors, namely an assessment of their alcohol consumption, their tobacco consumption, healthy eating, weight and level of physical activity. Tools will also be posted online to help Quebec residents adopt a better lifestyle.

Quotes:

“The PAI 2022-2025, involving the entire government, is a concrete gesture of our health plan to act preventively, improve the health of the population of Quebec and reduce health care needs. This action plan is based on the vision of a healthy population of Quebec. Specifically, this concerns the top five lifestyle habits that can improve our life expectancy. These habits include: being a non-smoker, not being obese or overweight, drinking alcohol in moderation, exercising for 30 minutes a day, and following a proper diet. We have to adapt our lifestyle to live longer, but also healthier. †

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

“Our government’s action plan brings together all players involved in the vision of a united Quebec to improve the health and quality of life of its people. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, including the practice of physical activity, especially among vulnerable populations, is of particular importance to me. I am proud of the strong mobilization of many partners to act upstream to prevent health problems in the coming years. †

Isabelle CharestMinister of Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women

Highlights:

  • The annual investment allocated for the next three years represents double the investment from the previous 2017-2022 cycle, which was approximately $20 million per year.
  • Investments in prevention lead to significant savings: for every dollar invested in public health, an average of $14 is saved.
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle has many benefits in terms of physical and mental health and the personal, cultural and social development of individuals. The different living environments should provide enabling conditions, in particular quality food, a physically active and tobacco-free lifestyle, focusing inter alia on physical activity and active transport in a safe environment, as well as maintaining positive mental health.
  • The actions taken to promote well-being and healthy lifestyles will benefit from a separate intervention with the First Nations and the Inuit to take into account their specificities, especially cultural and sociological.
  • Actions on the ground will be conducted in collaboration with public health actors and more than 80 national, regional and local non-governmental and municipal partners across Quebec.

Related link:

Consult the Interdepartmental Plan of Approach for Health Prevention Policy 2022-2025.

SOURCE Office of the Minister of Health and Social Services

For more information: Source: Marjaurie Côté-Boileau, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Health and Social Services, 418 456-2756

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