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RFP--Healthy Communities, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services, Oxford County, Ontario

Woodstock, Ontario
Deadline October 4, 2013

Background:

The vision of this project is to work towards policy development that increases the physical and emotional health of residents of Oxford County.  We recognize that the food that we eat, how active we are, and our physical safety during which are activity takes place are all determining factors in how healthy we are.  

We know that healthy eating is an important way to stay healthy and reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions.  We seek to enhance the health of our community through further addressing food security in our community, and through enacting sensible local policies that increase the availability of healthy food options.  

We also know that children who attend daycare are more likely to be overweight than those who don’t (Geoffory et al, 2012).  We seek to enhance the physical capacity of our community through addressing the activity of children in daycares.  We also understand that our environment plays a key role in our activity.  Fears about danger from injury from various factors affect an individual’s likelihood in participating in activities in public environments (Loukaitou-Sideris, TRB Special Report 282).  We hope to engage two municipal partners in addressing pedestrian safety in their communities through the development of a pedestrian charter to empower people to be as active as possible.

Oxford County will continue to implement the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Healthy Communities Strategy for Oxford County as outlined below.

  • Continue to support the implementation of a Food Security Policy
  • Develop a Healthy Food Policy in recreation centers
  • Further implement the Physical Literacy Policy in all private daycares
  • Establish a Pedestrian Charter in two municipalities

Project Overview:

The goal of this project is to implement the Healthy Communities Strategies to meet priorities in Oxford County.
 
Required Deliverables:

Food Security

  • Conduct at least 4 township meetings to support the development of local food policies in the municipalities of SouthWest Oxford and Tillsonburg.
  • Submit a final report/presentation  

Policy in Recreation Centre

  • Conduct an environmental scan of comparable Ontario municipalities municipal recreation centre food policies, including gathering and analyzing internal and external research reports, grey literature, and any research available on advancing health food policy options at the municipal level.
  • Conduct a survey targeting all regional recreation centre staff seeking information and input on the barriers to implementing a healthy food policy locally.  Conduct one focus group with Recreation centre supervisors on possible approaches to develop a healthy food policy in their sites.
  • Develop and implement a series of community consultations in at least 5 municipalities to engage the community in the policy development process.  The aim is to seek community input and engagement into the development of a healthy food policy at municipal recreation centres.
  • Integrate the review and analysis of the survey results and focus group results into a report to be presented to the partnership to facilitate the policy development process.
  • Submit a final report/presentation.

Pedestrian Charter

  • Conduct an environmental scan of comparable Ontario municipalities walk-way/pedestrian policies, including gathering and analyzing internal and external research reports, grey literature, and any research available on advancing pedestrian friendly municipal policies.
  • Develop and implement community survey seeking input from the population on pedestrian views of local infrastructure, barriers to accessing walking trails, sideways for physical activity and transportation, and specific local needs.  Design and conduct 1 area focus group in each of the 2 municipalities to seek further detailed qualitative information to inform policy development process.
  • Develop and implement 2 municipal stakeholder consultation events in the municipalities to engage local leaders through 1)Discussions on the potential for a pedestrian charter in their communities, 2) identify the steps in the policy development process, 3) highlight the community input received through the survey and focus groups.
  • Integrate the review and analysis of the survey results, focus group and municipal consultation results into a report to be presented to the partnership on the community input into the potential for a pedestrian charter.
  • Submit a final report/presentation.

Physical Literacy

  • Conduct a survey targeting all 25 private registered daycare providers seeking information and input on their knowledge level of physical literacy, the potential to adopt a physical literacy policy and to identify barriers to implementing a physical literacy policy in their home.  Conduct at least one focus group with private daycare providers on possible approaches to develop a physical literacy policy in their sites.
  • Conduct a workshop with daycare providers highlighting physical literacy, the policy development process, how to integrate policy into their workplace and provide resources to support policy development.
  • Integrate the review and analysis of the survey results and focus group results into a report to be presented to the partnership to facilitate the policy development process.
  • Submit a final report/presentation

Required Skills:

  • Advanced research skills
  • Policy development experience
  • Experience working with municipal leaders
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking, and synthesis skills
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience coordination community mobilization


Submission Requirements:

  • A work plan, program deliverables, timelines and budget
  • Proposal should not exceed 10 pages
  • Curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining related project experience
  • Deadline for Submission October 4, 2013 at 430pm by email to contact listed below

Selected candidates will be interviewed the week October 14, 2013.

It is anticipated the project will start on October 28, 2013 with a required completion date of March 31st, 2013.

Location of Work:

Consultants will be required to work from the Health Unit home office (410 Buller St. Woodstock, Ontario) on a regular basis during the project.

Budget:

Quotations should not exceed $40,000 including taxes and expenses.

For information about this RFP please contact:

Mike Gorgey |Supervisor, Health Promotion
Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services
410 Buller St., Woodstock Ontario N4S 4N2
mgorgey@oxfordcounty.ca