Ottawa Board of Health: Meeting Highlights November 19, 2018


Monday night, the Ottawa Board of Health held its final meeting of this term.  Members of the board were thanked for their dedication and Mayor Jim Watson surprised me with special recognition for my time as chair.  Ottawa Public Health provides an essential service to the City of Ottawa and will continue to deliver excellent public education and service under the direction of Dr. Vera Etches.

As this was our final meeting of term, we reviewed our plan for the future of Ottawa Public Health.  The strategic plan addresses five key health challenges and identifies specific directions to advance public health:

Strategic Direction #1 –        Inspire and Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

Strategic Direction #2 –        Foster Mental Health in Our Community

Strategic Direction #3 –        Enhance Collective Capacity to Reduce Preventable infectious Diseases

Strategic Direction #4 –        Develop an Adaptive Workforce for the Future

Strategic Direction #5 –        Advance Healthy Public Policy

For more information, you may see the full report at the link below.

Building a Healthier Ottawa: Ottawa Public Health Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 – Final Report

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