The Poultry Producers Chicken Classic Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Seaforth Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from this tournament were generously donated to Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.
Gateway has been collaborating with local poultry producers on a research project investigating lung health. A preliminary report of the Huron & Perth counties Poultry Producers Lung Health study was presented at the tournament.
Funding for this study was provided by The Lung Association through an Ontario Respiratory Care Society Fellowship Award. The rural lung health clinics, which included spirometry lung tests and N95 respirator fit testing, took place in Seaforth and Clinton, Ontario. Rose-Marie Dolinar, rural nurse practitioner and PhD student, and Dr. Andrew Johnson, professor and researcher in the School of Health Studies at The University of Western Ontario, were co-investigators on the project.
A presentation of the cheque, from proceeds of the golf tournament, was made to Gateway at their Board meeting held on November 25, 2016. Alex Westerhout, poultry farmer and co-organizer (along with Brian Falconer) of the Poultry Producers Golf Tournament, presented the cheque to Gateway Board members Dr. Feng Chang (Chair) and Dr. Agnes Kluz (President) with Rose-Marie Dolinar and Dr. Andrew Johnson in attendance.
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health expressed a sincere thank you to the Poultry Producers for their significant contribution to this study, and for recognizing the value of rural health research.
Thank you to the Poultry Producers who participated in the lung health study in August 2016.
This is to remind everyone who participated, to please send in your 3-month follow-up questionnaires. This will allow for final results to be reported.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Rose-Marie Dolinar RN(EC)
Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
The University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew M. Johnson
Two local Huron County Nurse Practitioners, Karen Atkinson and Stephanie Greenfield, have been gaining
expertise in rural lung health assessments for farmers. Both Karen and Stephanie completed their research
placement last year with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, as part of the University of Western
Ontario, Master of Nursing-Nurse Practitioner program, looking at best-evidence for lung health assessments. Both Stephanie and Karen have now graduated as NPs from UWO, and are hoping to continue their lung health assessments for farmers in Huron county, in their new role as primary health care nurse practitioners.
Written and photo by RM Dolinar Aug 2016
Preliminary Report of the Huron & Perth Counties Poultry Producers Lung Health study, presented at the Poultry Producers Chicken Classic Golf Tournament, Wednesday Sept 14, 2016
The Poultry Producers Lung Health pilot study was a great success, thanks to the Poultry producers of Huron and Perth counties. We completed lung health education sessions and spirometry testing for 16 farmers on August 3rd and 4th, 2016, at clinics held in Seaforth and Clinton Ontario. The success of these clinics was due in great part to support from Kelly Buchanan, Executive Director of the Huron community Family Health Team, and Kim Van Wyk, Executive Director of the Clinton Family Health Team.
All of the poultry farmers who participated in the study went through a formal N95 respirator fit-testing protocol, completed lung health questionnaires in paper and on-line formats, and received lung health spirometry testing. The spirometry report has been sent to the family physician of each participant for follow-up with their health care provider.
Preliminary results suggest that participants found that N95 fit testing confirmed that the respirators they used passed the fit-test. Participants found the on-line lung health questionnaire easy to use, when compared to the paper copy. Twenty-five percent of participants (25%) indicated that they wanted more information about respirators.
The lung health study has a final data collection in early November 2016.
Funding for this study was provided by The Lung Association through an Ontario Respiratory Care Society Fellowship Award.
The Poultry Producers Lung Health Study could not have happened without the great support of Brian Falconer and Alex Westerhout, Poultry Producers of Huron County, and Gwen Devereaux and Jim Whaley of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.
For further updates, please visit the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health web-site at
Brian Falconer, Jim Whaley, Rose-Marie Dolinar, Alex Westerhout, and Gwen Devereaux
Are you a poultry farmer over 40 years of age? Have you ever been involved in poultry farming? You may be eligible to participate in a study examining lung health. The study is being run by Rose-Marie Dolinar (PhD Candidate) of The University of Western Ontario, and recruiting all eligible poultry farmers in Huron and Perth Counties. If you would like to participate, or know someone who fits our criteria, call the Clinton Family Health Team at 519-482-3000 by Friday, July 29, 2016.
Goderich, Ontario - June 17, 2016 - Huron Bruce M.P. Ben Lobb met today with AMGH staff as well as Gateway CERH board members and research assistants to prepare for the third annual Hometown Heroes” Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game.
The “Hometown Heroes” Charity Hockey Game has put Goderich on the map as an annual fundraiser supporting Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, Goderich A.M.G.H and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. It will be held at the Maitland Recreation Centre in Goderich on July 21, 2016 at 6 pm and will feature local NHL players, local doctors, as well as Ben Lobb in an exciting game of hockey.
Lobb and hospital staff with the medical equipment purchased from the proceeds of the 2015 Hometown Heroes hockey game. The LTV Portable Ventilator is a light weight breathing machine that supports a patient’s breath when they cannot breathe adequately on their own. The ventilator puts oxygen in the lungs, removes carbon dioxide and eases the work of breathing. The LTV portable ventilator is a life-saving breathing machine that supports a critically ill patient during transfer to a larger hospital for higher level of care.
Lobb is also supporting youth with The Summer Jobs Program- a Federal Government Program which subsidizes employers hiring summer students.
In addition to their research work, the Gateway summer students help with organization, promotion and ticket sales for the big game. This year three of the students are funded through the Student Summer jobs program. Lobb has been instrumental in assisting local youth with summer job funding through this program.
Lobb is also implementing a Student Summer jobs social media campaign over the next few months. The campaign will feature one student per week and will highlight the summer jobs program and the opportunities it creates for students in the riding.
Originally developed as a collaboration between Sustainable Huron and Dr. Wayne Caldwell, the Huron County Healthy Rural Lens is a tool that can be used to help policy makers create programs, services and policies that do not adversely affect the well being of the Huron County community. As with any lens, it helps the user gain perspective of their situation. In the case of the Healthy Rural Lens, it will help minimize unintended consequences and maximize positive outcomes. Using the lens for your project is as simple as completing a one-page worksheet, that asks you to consider the target population, transportation needs, the natural environment, energy conservation, the economy and agriculture among many other facets of rural life. By rating each of these facets on a scale from positive-neutral-negative, the user creates a visual representation of how their policy or program will impact our county. In the end, a completed Rural Lens worksheet will give you something like this:
A policy with largely positive impact will have a large circle, or a wide-open lens. Conversely, a policy with negative impact will have a small circle, or closed lens. This helps the decision makers evaluate their policy in the context of rural life, and ultimately helps improve our community.
Gateway recently received funding from the Rural Ontario Institute and Sustainable Huron to evaluate the use of this tool in Huron County. The lens was developed and launched in 2014, and our evaluation of the tool will focus on how well it has been used by policy makers, and spreading awareness of the tool throughout the county. The Huron County Healthy Rural Lens can be easily adapted to other rural communities, or potentially even non-rural communities given the right circumstances. You can read more about the Rural Lens on our project page, and press releases available here, and here.
Last week, members of the Goderich chapter of PROBUS leaned what Gateway is doing in their community. This active group of retired and semi-retired business professionals has already met with our group in the past, but they were excited to learn about about the new developments from our organization. We discussed the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Alexandra Marine General Hospital, the launching of Health Coaching, the success of our Retiring Well seminar series, and a fitness daycamp for grandparents and their grandchildren called Grand Sparks. The group also was treated to a sample taste of the new cereal Gateway is producing and the health benefits of this product were discussed. We would like to thank PROBUS for their continued interest in Gateway, and making rural health an important priority.
Despite some dreary weather on the morning of Saturday, August 29, 2015, a crowd gathered on the Goderich Beach for the first Gateway to Health and Wealth Trail Run/Walk. After a motivational pep talk from our MP, Ben Lobb, 47 participants raced up the Maitland Valley Trails on either 2km, 5km, 10km or kiddie trot routes. All participants were entered into a draw to win a bike, kindly donated by Dan Stringer.
This was the first fundraiser of its kind for Gateway, and our partner organization Edward Jones Financial. There is an undeniable link between health and financial literacy...a link that financial advisor Brian Hilt sees first hand. Brian was the original inspiration behind the trail run/walk event. After some interactions with Gateway through our Retiring Well seminar series, it was clear that Gateway could, quite literally, run with this initiative.
Many people want to know how to retire well, in both a financial sense and health sense. All proceeds from this fundraiser were split between Gateway and a program called Budget Buddies run by Rural Response for Healthy Children. We are very thankful for all the participants who signed up and all the people that had a helping hand in making this happen. Thank you for supporting rural health!