New and returning Board of Health members review 2018 highlights and prepare for the year ahead

The Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts welcomed new and returning Board members at its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. René Lapierre and Jeffery Huska were elected as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

In addition to participating in an in-depth half-day orientation session, Board members received a detailed presentation and report about key public health activities from the previous year. Sample highlights from 2018 include the following:

  • 626 clients submitted 2 877 immunization records to the new online reporting site.
  • 3 844 food premises inspections were done to ensure food safety and compliance with the Ontario Food Premises Regulation.
  • 1 193 women were supported by our breastfeeding clinics in Sudbury and Val Caron.
  • 1 750 area residents participated in our Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) surveys that provide data to improve public health programs.
  • 438 older adults participated in 34 Stand-Up exercise programs that were as part of comprehensive older adults falls prevention programming.
  • For a complete list of the 2018 highlights, visit https://www.phsd.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2018-Highlights-EN-WEB.pdf (PDF, 250 KB).

“First and foremost, the Board of Health is accountable to the community it serves as well as to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure the community’s public health needs are addressed and that local public health is effectively governed,” said René Lapierre, Chair, Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “Reflecting on our community’s accomplishments for 2018, we can clearly see how strong partnerships and local public health innovation are promoting and protecting health and preventing disease for everyone,” said Lapierre.

“We feel a great sense of pride and appreciation working alongside our community partners—such as municipalities, schools, health care providers, social services, and community agencies—to keep people healthy and reduce their needs for health care services,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

The Board of Health is the legal authority for Public Health Sudbury & Districts and monitors the delivery of public health programs and services as per the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services, and Accountability.

The 2019 Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts includes 14 representatives from communities across Greater Sudbury and the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin. Members are committed to improving opportunities for health and creating healthier communities for all.

Board of Health proceedings (agendas, minutes, and motions) are available online at phsd.ca. To learn more about local public health programs and services, contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200) or visit phsd.ca.

Board member profiles and quotes:

When asked why they wanted to serve on the Board of Health, some of the members shared the following:

  • Ken Nolan—15 years as a Board of Health member, said “As the Manitoulin Municipal Association representative on the Board of Health, I believe that addressing the determinants of health and looking at problems where they start are important factors to improving health.”
    • Appointed by the Manitoulin Municipal Association; Municipal Council of the Town of Gore Bay, the Municipal Councils of The Corporation of the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands and The Corporation of the Municipality of Killarney and the Municipal Councils of the townships of Assiginack, Barrie Island, Billings, Burpee and Mills, Central Manitoulin, Cockburn Island, Gordon and Tehkummah.
  • Glenda Massicotte—a new Board of Health member, said “I put my name forth because I am a Registered Practical Nurse, health and senior advocate, and municipal councillor. I have always been involved in physical and mental health, hospital and community nursing and feel that I could represent Lacloche Foothills well. I currently assist with health teaching to Seniors regarding mobility, nutrition, and much more.”
    • Appointed by the Lacloche Foothills Municipal Association; Council of the Town of Espanola, the Municipal Councils of the townships of Baldwin and Sables-Spanish Rivers and the Municipal Council of The Corporation of the Township of Nairn and Hyman.
  • Randy Hazzlet—a new Board of Health member, said “When I was approached about joining the Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts, I was honoured to bring my experience as an end user of many services provided by the health care system. I was severely injured in a motor vehicle workplace accident in 2005 and I’ve been left with a long term chronic back injury. I look forward to being able to bring my life experiences and newfound passion for governance to serve Public Health Sudbury & Districts.”
    • Appointed by the Sudbury East Municipal Association; Municipal Councils of the municipalities of French River, Markstay-Warren and St. Charles.
  • James Crispo—with two years as a Board of Health member, said “My population health training and lived experiences prompted my desire to become a member of the Public Health Sudbury & Districts Board of Health. Specifically, I wanted to positively contribute to health equity in our local communities by being a voice for marginalized populations.”
    • Provincial appointee, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
  • Janet Bradley—with eight years as a Board of Health member, said “As a social worker who has worked in the fields of education and child welfare I have always espoused the principles of health equity and I wanted to be part of helping reduce some of the health disparities in our community.”
    • Provincial appointee, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
  • Nicole Sykes—with two years as a Board of Health member, said “As a registered nurse, I have always placed high value on the core principles of public health. After becoming a mother to three amazing daughters, I became passionate about keeping kids safe and healthy. That desire has really expanded over the last several years to encompass a desire to promote and protect the health of our society more broadly. Coupled with my background in governance and regulatory oversight, pursuing a public appointment to the Board of Health was a natural fit.”
    • Provincial appointee, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
  • Rita Pilon—with 18 years as a Board of Health member, said “After many years in hospital areas of health care, I was pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the prevention of illness and injury side of the health care picture. It has been so rewarding to watch Public Health in action re: SARS, no smoking initiative, and so many others.”
    • Appointed by the Township of Chapleau.
  • Robert Kirwan—with four years as a Board of Health member, said “My first four years as a member of the Board of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts have made me realize that my continued role as a Board member will enable me to facilitate collaboration between various organizations to inspire the City of Greater Sudbury to implement a population health strategy that positively impacts the social determinants of health. This will lead to opportunities to maximize residents’ true potential to and enjoy a quality of life that they deserve.
    • Appointed by the City of Greater Sudbury.
  • Jeffery Huska—with four years as a Board of Health member, said “I am a father of three and someone who has been working in health care for over 33 years in Dialysis and Biomedical Engineering. I’m a firm believer of preventative medicine and the ongoing work by the Public Health Sudbury and Districts in that area. I feel incredibly privileged to play a small role in the great work being done by such a talented team of professionals.”
    • Appointed by the City of Greater Sudbury.
  • Carolyn Thain—with four years a Board of Health member, said “There are numerous issues currently affecting the health of our population: the opioid crisis, the legalization of cannabis, the emergence of vaping, the fact that some families are unable to meet basic needs due to inadequate income levels. All of this is happening at a time when there are mounting pressures on limited public heath funding.”
    • Appointed by the City of Greater Sudbury.
  • Also appointed by the City of Greater Sudbury:
    • René Lapierre – with four years as a Board of Health member
    • Bill Leduc—a new Board of Health member
    • Mark Signoretti—with four years as a Board of Health member
    • Paul Myre—with four years as a Board of Health member

This item was last modified on February 20, 2019