Learning & Growth

System Mapping

As a result of the establishment of the Elgin St. Thomas Community Leaders’ Cabinet and the initiation of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, a review of existing community reports was conducted.  This review identified common themes or issues in our community. The top issues identified were:

  • Poverty
  • Food insecurity and food access
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Transportation
  • Awareness of community services
  • Education and workforce development
  • Mental health
  • Community safety and violence prevention
  • Access to health services
  • Access to affordable recreation

Based on this review and discussions at the Community Leaders’ Cabinet, staff at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health systematically reviewed transportation, food insecurity and food access issues, safe and affordable housing and access to recreation using a process called System Mapping.  System Mapping is an approach used to identify and present components of a system in a structured way to gather a better understanding of what is happening in the community, identify who is doing what, and what models other communities are using.  These system map reports will provide an opportunity for community partners and the Community Leaders’ Cabinet to systematically and collectively develop a plan to address these community wide issues and improve the quality of life in St. Thomas and Elgin County.

Last Updated: June 12, 2017