Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) received the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) designation with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) in May 2011. The award illustrates the commitment of continuing to use up-to-date evidence to enhance the quality of its services and programs.
The Health Unit partnered with the RNAO as a Best Practice Spotlight Candidate for 3 years prior to receiving the designation. That partnership resulted in the creation of a work environment in which the most current research evidence was used by nurses to support breastfeeding mothers; ensure programs are youth friendly and increase awareness of women abuse screening.
This designation means that the citizens of Thunder Bay have the assurance that the programs and services delivered by the TBDHU are of the highest standards of protection, prevention and promotion which will create healthy communities and environments through evidence-informed, cost efficient programming.
To date, the following Best Practice Guidelines have been implemented:
- Assessment and Interventions for Perinatal Depression (PDF)
- Enhancing Healthy Adolescent Development (PDF)
- Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses (PDF)
- Breastfeeding - Promoting and Supporting the Initiation, Exclusivity, and Continuation of Breastfeeding in Newborns, Infants and Young Children (PDF)
- Integrating Tobacco Interventions into Daily Practice (PDF)
- Person-and Family-Centred Care (PDF)
- Primary Prevention of Childhood Obesity (PDF)
- Woman Abuse: Screening, Identification and Initial Response (PDF)
- Working with Families to Promote Safe Sleep for Infants 0-12 Months of Age (PDF)
- Practice Education in Nursing (PDF)
- Preventing Falls and Reducing Injuries from Falls (PDF)