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Board of Health – 2013
The Board of Health meets monthly, third Friday of the month, at the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Boardroom, 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound. Usual start time 10:00 a.m. Dates and locations are subject to change upon Board of Health Chair approval.
2013 Meeting Schedule:
Friday, January 18, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2012
Friday, July 19, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
There may be times when a citizen or group of citizens may wish to express an opinion on an issue. You can arrange to be a delegation by contacting the Executive Assistant for the Board of Health. You may submit your request by:
Mail: 101 17th Street East Owen Sound ON N4K 0A5
E-mail: Erin Meneray at email@example.com
Phone: 519-376-9420 ext. 1241
All requests for delegations must be received no less than 10 days prior to the meeting date. The request should include the name(s) of the speaker(s) and the subject matter to be discussed. Delegations are limited to 15 minutes.
Communications addressed to the Board of Health will become part of the public record and may be placed on a public agenda and identified in minutes.
Officer of Health
Dr. Lynn graduated, with honours, from University of Toronto in 1976. She also won the Kathleen Chambers Memorial Award for the most outstanding female graduate. She interned at Royal Columbian Hospital New Westminster followed by two years of general practice.
Dr. Lynn and her husband worked in Nigeria for six years; practicing general rural medicine, teaching nursing, midwifery, health technicians and supervising the rural physician teaching program. Upon returning to Canada in 1985, they settled in Owen Sound, Ontario where she maintained a family practice until 2002.
Dr. Lynn became the acting MOH in November 2000 as the then MOH was fully occupied with the Walkerton inquiry. Dr. Lynn returned to University of Toronto September 2001 and graduated with a MHSc in Epidemiology and Community Health in January 2003 and at that time became the full Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce.
In December 2004, Dr. Lynn was recognized by her peers as one of Canada's outstanding physicians and was welcomed as a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Medical Officer of Health
Hazel Lynn, MD, FCFP, MHSc
Director of Operations and Program Development
Director of Accountability and Chief Nursing Officer
Director of Finance and Administration
History of the Grey Bruce Health Unit
The Public Health Act (1884) established the first boards of health. By 1900, there were over 800 public health units in Ontario including several locally autonomous boards across Grey and Bruce Counties. Owen Sound formed a Public Health Department in 1911. Provincial grants to municipalities for health units were established in 1945 prompting Bruce County to establish a consolidated health unit in 1946. Grey County amalgamated several local boards to a county health unit in 1963. The Public Health Act was amended in 1967 requiring municipalities to provide full-time public health services. The Owen Sound and Grey County units amalgamated that year. In 1983, the Health Protection and Promotion Act was proclaimed (revised in 1997). Grey-Owen Sound joined with Bruce in 1989 and as a result of municipal restructuring in 2001 was re-named the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
Legislative Mandate for Ontario’s Boards of Health
Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) provides the enabling legislation for boards of health and the statutory basis for the Ontario Public Health Standards. The guiding purpose of the act is to “...provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of disease and the promotion and protection of the health of the people of Ontario.” R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s.2
Boards of health are required to provide a minimum level of public health programs and services as follows:
• Community sanitation and the prevention or elimination of health hazards;
• Provision of safe drinking water by small drinking water systems;
• Control of infectious and reportable disease, including providing immunization services to children and adults;
• Health promotion, health protection and disease and injury prevention;
• Family health;
• Collection and analysis of epidemiologic data;
• Such additional health programs and services as prescribed by regulation.
The Ontario Public Health Standards identify guidelines for the provision of mandatory health programs and services including goals, societal outcomes, board of health outcomes and requirements.
Administration & Finance
Area: 8,587 square km. or 3,344 square miles
Population served: 158,670 (2011 census)
Health Unit Budget
The Grey Bruce Health Unit maintains a 24-hour, seven days-a-week, on-call emergency response capable of dealing with emergencies whenever public health is threatened or at risk.
We work with the Grey Bruce community to protect and promote health