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Healthy Children & Youth

It is important to prevent illness and promote health in children and youth. Public health staff work with schools and other youth serving organizations to influence patterns for a healthy life.  These patterns determine future capacity and risk for chronic disease, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, sexuality, coping, stress management, anger management and substance use. 

Public Health staff focus on:

  • School based immunization and  communicable disease management and control
  • Mental health
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Injury prevention
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Supporting children with specific health care needs to participate in their community

Practice Guidelines

Youth Health Survey Reports

This Youth Health Survey was completed by Manitoba students in Grades 7-12 during the 2012-2013 school year.  It provides a snapshot on students’ health behaviours. The results presented here reflect the responses of the youth themselves. It is hoped that the report may be one step on a journey toward improving the health of students in our schools and in creating a healthy school environment.

Unified Referral and Intake Services (URIS) services

The URIS program supports children who have specific health care needs and are attending a community program, including schools, licensed child care facilities, agencies providing respite services and recreation programs and .  URIS provides a standard means of classifying the complexity of health care needs and establishes the level of qualification required by personnel to support children with these health care needs.  Health care needs that are classified as ‘Group B’ can be delegated to community program personnel who receive training and monitoring by a registered nurse, such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes and seizure disorders.  A registered nurse will work with the parent, community program and health care professionals to develop a written health care plan as well as to train and monitor community program staff that are responsible for the child.