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RfP to develop a strategic /business plan for the next 5 years for the Best Start Health Coalition of Peel


The Best Start Health Coalition of Peel (B.S.H.C.) wishes to engage the services of a Consulting organization to assist in a program review, strategic/ business plan development and organizational roles and responsibilities review with a view towards making the B.S.H.C. better able to meet the needs of this growing community.


Founded in 1991, B. S. H. C is a non- profit organization dedicated to promoting the health of expectant mothers and the reduction of Low Birth Weight in Peel. Membership includes representatives of a many health and social service agencies in Peel as well as members of the community.

B.S.H.C has 2 main foci:

1. education of the public at large regarding healthy pregnancy

2. provision of support services to expectant mothers with special risk factors.

The major initiative is a nutrition support and prenatal education/counseling program for women in need. This service is called Healthy Start and operates, with the support of a grant from Health Canada in 8 locations throughout Peel.

The management of these operations promises to exceed the capacity of the B.S H.C. and steps are required to adapt the existing structure to accommodate these growing demands.

Purpose: The following terms of reference outline the basic deliverables, work steps and outcomes expected from the consultant work, though should not be regarded as the limit of the consultants advise.

Scope: The organization, strategic business plan and program review will cover all B.S.H.C. operations as well as the executive board and staff functions and interfaces between the B.S.H.C. and partner agencies.

Major Work Steps (will include but not be restricted to):

* Become familiar with the history, mandate, operations and structure of the B.S.H.C.

* Review the operations of the B.S.H.C., Board and staff in relation to it

New study finds many Canadians are 'food insecure'


A new study by Statistics Canada reports that millions of Canadians are

"food insecure" as a result of financial concerns. The National Population Health Survey examined the period of 1998-99 and discovered that almost 2.5 million Canadians had to compromise their diet at least once because of lack of money. Children under 17 years of age were the most likely to live in a food-insecure environment while seniors over 65 where the least likely. StatsCan says that children in such households are not necessarily undernourished because "adult caregivers tend to sacrifice their own diet so that children will not be hungry." If a respondent worried that funds would be insufficient to buy food, if they did not eat the quality or variety of food desired or if they did not have enough to eat, the survey deemed the

household "food insecure".[From Charity Villiage News Bytes] For more information visit:

Poverty a top concern for Canada's youth


Almost twenty percent of the 1,200 children surveyed during a recent Federal study ranked poverty as the one thing they would most want to change in their country. The finding comes from a federally commissioned report which will be used as guide at the United Nations' Special Session on Children in September. Alana Kapell, who compiled the report for the nonprofit organization Save the Children Canada said that, "some of [the children] were recounting their own personal situations of poverty but they were also looking outside of themselves and saying it's unacceptable that people are living on the street and that children don't have enough to eat." Children between the ages of seven and 18 from 57 communities across Canada took part in the survey [From Charity Villiage News Bytes). To learn more, visit:

Donations are up while volunteering declines


The National Survey on Giving Volunteering and Participating reveals that 91% of Canadians donated more than $5 billion to charities over a one-year span, with religious organizations continuing to receive almost half of all donations. The report also indicated that 6.5 million Canadians volunteered in 2000, down 31% from when the last survey was conducted in 1997. This represented a decline of about

The I Promise Program


The I Promise Program is a unique new program aimed at reducing teen car crashes. The I Promise Program consists of a comprehensive parent-teen mutual safe driving contract. The process provides parents a structure for discussing and negotiating matters that correlate most with teen related car crashes. Upon signing off on the contract, parent and teen seal their commitment by affixing a rear window decal to the vehicle. The decal displays a toll free number that enables the community to make reports on driver behaviour. Reports are taken by a call centre and forwarded by mail to the family to be dealt with as per the terms of the contract.

This plan works by way of partnerships with automobile insurers. To date, the Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company has signed on and discussions are underway with several US and other Canadian insurers. Participation provides a number of advantages including loss prevention, customer loyalty and social marketing.

In Canada we have research support from Plan-it Safe, a program out of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in affiliation with the University of Ottawa. In May they were awarded a $103,000 grant from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to contact a formative research evaluation on our behalf. In the U.S. we have a relationship with the KidsRisk program out of Harvard University, School of Public Health. In the Caribbean, we have the support of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre.

This initiative is supported by numerous organizations whose letters of support can be viewed on our web site:

While viewing the letters you can also view program details and download a copy of the parent-teen mutual safe driving contract.

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