Cross-Board Member (Non-Voting)
2017 Meeting Schedule
The Board of Health meets monthly, fourth 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.*
January 27, 2017
February 22, 2017 *
March 24, 2017
April 28, 2017
May 26, 2017
June 23, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 25, 2017
September 22, 2017
October 27, 2017
November 24, 2017
December 15, 2017 *
There may be times when a citizen or group may wish to present to the Board on an issue. You can arrange to be a delegation by contacting the Executive Assistant for the Board of Health. Submit your request by:
Mail: 101 17th Street East Owen Sound ON N4K 0A5
E-mail: Erin Meneray at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519-376-9420 ext. 1241
All requests must be received no less than 10 days prior to the meeting date and 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.
Medical Officer of Health
Christine Kennedy, MSc, MS, DPhil, MD, CCFP, FRCPC
Dr. Kennedy became the Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit on July 1, 2016. She first joined the health unit in September 2014 as the Associate Medical Officer of Health. Her work as a public health physician in Grey and Bruce Counties has centered on priority populations and childhood and family health. She continues to do research in applied public health economics and holds adjunct academic positions in both medical sciences and clinical sciences with Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Dr. Kennedy has extensive experience in the practice of public health medicine including as a researcher and teacher, post-graduate clinical trainee, Senior Public Health Economist, consultant, and Medical Officer of Health. She served as a Regional Community Medicine Specialist for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch FNIHB – Health Canada in both Alberta Region and Ontario Region.
Dr. Kennedy received her first master’s degree in Community Medicine in 1997, and her second in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford in 1999. She completed her doctoral work in public health economics at the University of Oxford in 2000 followed by post-doctoral training in the USA. She obtained her Medical Degree at the University of Calgary in May 2004. She completed postgraduate training in Family Medicine, CCFP, June 2006, at Queen’s University, where she also completed the Royal College Residency Training Program in Community Medicine. Dr. Kennedy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Director of Operations
Karen Sweiger, R.N., B.Sc.N.
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 independent 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
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.