In 2015, I was privileged to succeed Dr. Kirk as Associate Medical Officer of Health. I appreciate his support and the support I’ve received from Health Unit staff and community partners during this transition.
As the Associate Medical Officer of Health focused on health protection, my priority is preventing the transmission of communicable diseases, managing outbreaks and other incidents which threaten the health of the public. In addition, I also focus on ensuring the safety and quality of food, water, air and the general environment.
New areas of public health concerns continue to emerge every day (e.g., Zika virus disease, climate change, blue green algae, etc.) and our health unit is trying to bring innovation in our work to maximize our available resources. Our employees have shown outstanding dedication to public health in Windsor and Essex County and I’m proud of the many accomplishments we achieved this year.
As our community faces emerging challenges and threats to good health and wellness, it’s important that we continue to work together to promote healthy choices for our residents. Our programs and services will continue to evolve as we work together to identify and address various public health needs. This important collaboration will continue to support our goal toward creating a strong and healthy community.