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.
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