Organization

This section describes the Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ organizational structure.

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe

Penny Sutcliffe (MD, MHSc, FRCPC) began her appointment with Public Health Sudbury & Districts in 2000 as the area’s Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer. A Specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Sutcliffe completed most of her training in Toronto with two years in Newfoundland and Labrador.

While Northeastern Ontario is now her home, she has worked in Thompson, Manitoba, as Medical Officer of Health, and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, as Regional Medical Officer of Health and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Territories.

Dr. Sutcliffe completed her Royal College Fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health in 1997 through the University of Toronto and trained in family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She obtained her medical degree in 1992 from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sutcliffe’s 2007/08 sabbatical year in Québec City enhanced her French-language abilities and also her understanding of the unique health system structures and processes in Québec.

She has participated in many provincial initiatives contributing to public health renewal in Ontario. She has been the Chair of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) and President and a board member of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa). She was a member of the Agency Implementation Task Force and of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Subcommittee and the Public Health Funding Subcommittee of the Capacity Review Committee.

Dr. Sutcliffe has a faculty appointment with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Public Health, Human Sciences Division, and Associate Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, at Lakehead University/Laurentian University.

She was the chair of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeon’s Examination Board for Community Medicine. She is a recipient of the Canadian Health Research Foundation’s Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) Fellowship (2008-2010) and received a Master’s Certificate in Leadership following her participation in the first cohort of the Ontario Medical Association/Canadian Medical Association/Schulich School of Business Physician Leadership Development Program (2010-2011).

Dr. Sutcliffe has a longstanding interest in health promotion and population health and a keen understanding of how local public health efforts can effectively reduce social inequities in health. Rural and northern health, public health systems and evidence-informed practice are areas of great interest to her.

Associate Medical Officer of Health and Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Ariella Zbar

Dr. Ariella Zbar

Dr. Zbar joined Public Health Sudbury & Districts in August 2016. She is currently the Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) and Director of Clinical Services. As AMOH, under the direction of the Medical Officer of Health (MOH), Dr. Zbar’s responsibilities include assisting in performing the duties of the MOH, and supporting the MOH, the Board of Health, and the organization in achieving the public health mandate by providing leadership and surge capacity. As Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Zbar provides leadership in program areas including infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases, sexual health and needle exchange, Healthy Babies Healthy Children and oral health.

Dr. Zbar completed her Public Health and Preventive Medicine training at Queen’s University. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition, Dr. Zbar holds a Bachelor of Science, with a major in microbiology and immunology, and a minor in pharmacology, from McGill University.

Executive Assistant and Secretary to the Board of Health

Rachel Quesnel

Strategic Engagement Unit

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Clinical Services Division

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Corporate Services Division

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Health Promotion Division

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Environmental Health Division

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Knowledge and Strategic Services

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Knowledge and Strategic Services plays both a key leadership and support role in the implementation of the Foundational Standard of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS), and in the areas of professional practice and development. Our core function is to provide reliable information, share knowledge, and build capacity to support excellence in public health practice within the agency.

Activities related to the Foundational Standard include:

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This item was last modified on August 21, 2019