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Priority Setting 2018 Results

Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton conducted a priority setting exercise for injury prevention in Sarnia-Lambton.  

The Priority Setting Exercise was led by Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton; the results were to be used to determine where our efforts should be placed in maintaining safe community status for Sarnia-Lambton.  This exercise was supported by three thematic pillars:

1. A quantitative data profile of the community's injuries - both intentional and unintentional - collected from credible sources.  

2. A structured qualitative assessment of the injury issues that arise from that data.  This was accomplished by the completion of an online questionnaire by Sarnia-Lambton residents.  Qualitative data was collected through an online form from September 4 through september 26, 2018.

3. From the first two steps, a documented community consensus about its priorities that emerges from a simple and transparent combination of the quantitative data and qualitative assessment obtained.  A summary of our findings Results from the Priority Setting Event were shared on September 27, 2018 at St. Lukes United Church.  

A summary of this combined quantitative and qualitative rankings can be seen below:

This exercise was not meant to diminish any injury prevention or safety promotion that is currently taking place in our community.  The value lies in planning for future initiatives or working to enhance current ones which can now be seen to respond to the injury prevention priorities of our community.

The priorities established have given the Safe Community Leadership Table a solid and credible foundation upon which it can build its strategic plan.

We invite anyone who wishes to participate in the strategic planning process to contact Mark Roehler President of Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton at 519 331-6156 or

The final top 5 injury priorites for Sarnia-Lambton were:

  1. Intentional Self Harm + Assault
  2. Falls
  3. Transport Incident
  4. Unintentional Poisoning
  5. Struck By/Against + Being cut or pierced + Cut or crushed between

Thank you to everyone that is helping to make Sarnia-Lambton one of the safest places to live, learn, work and play.

Updated November 6, 2018