Adolescent Health in Rural Southwest Norfolk County: A Social Phenomenon

This paper presents the results of a participatory action project on the health, opinions and needs of youth in the rural area of southwest Norfolk. Teenagers there had been found to have substantilly higher rates of smoking and underage drinking compared to Ontario youth in general, were prone to risky behaviours and were the at high risk for suicide. The paper demonstrates the value of community engagement and asset identification in addressing rural health and social issues.

Health Links

Health Links will encourage greater collaboration between existing local health care providers, including family care providers, specialists, hospitals, long-term care, home care and other community supports.

Integrated Care in New Zealand

A continuing policy challenge has been how to reduce such fragmentation and achieve more ‘integrated’ care, that is, ‘co-ordinated’ care that provides a ‘smooth and continuous’ transition between services, and a ‘seamless’ journey as service users receive health, support, and social welfare services from a range of health and other professionals.