Key Appointments to Ontario's Agency for Health Protection and Promotion Increase Capacity to Improve Public Health in Ontario



    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) has
appointed three experienced medical leaders from across Canada and around the
world to its leadership team.

    Dr. Michael Gardam has been appointed Director of Infectious Disease
Prevention and Control. Dr. Gardam is currently the Director of Infection
Prevention and Control at the University Health Network where he has, over the
past several years, championed initiatives related to tuberculosis, hand
hygiene, infection control program development, and medical equipment
reprocessing. Dr. Gardam is specialized in infectious diseases and has a
background in research and public health policy. His program has frequently
been sought out to help hospitals to control outbreaks of C-difficile and
other organisms.
    In his role with the Agency, Dr. Gardam will develop and lead a team of
infectious disease control specialists to develop and enhance capacity across
the province in infection and communicable disease control.

    Dr. Natasha Crowcroft has joined the Agency as Director of Surveillance
and Epidemiology. Dr. Crowcroft is a public health physician, with substantial
experience as a UK national expert in vaccine preventable diseases, and as a
consultant to the World Health Organization. She has a broad background in
clinical medicine, microbiology, and field epidemiology, and an extensive
portfolio of research, training, policy and public health service. In her
previous role with the UK Health Protection Agency, Dr. Crowcroft's expertise
in generating information from research and surveillance of infectious
diseases was applied to vaccination policy development and evaluation as well
as outbreak detection and response.

    Dr. Crowcroft will be responsible for leading the development and
implementation of an Agency-wide surveillance strategy and system, and for
preparing epidemiologic and surveillance protocols, policies, resources,
guidelines and tools for the Agency and its stakeholders.

    Dr. Heather Manson has been appointed Senior Medical Advisor to the
President. Dr. Manson joins the Agency from Vancouver Coastal Health where she
was Vice President, Population Continuums, responsible for leading the
organization to achieve its strategic goal of improving health outcomes and
enabling a continuum of care focused around the needs of the patient, client,
resident or population. She brings clinical, administrative and population
health experience to the Agency, having also worked as an internist and
hematologist, and Senior Medical Director and Medical Health Officer in
Richmond, British Columbia.
    In her role with the Agency, Dr. Manson will apply her knowledge and
expertise in linking population health concepts at the local, provincial and
national level to establishing the Agency presence within the evolving public
health and regional structures in Ontario, and to applying a population health
continuum to health planning and service delivery in Ontario.

    While the Agency for Health Protection and Promotion was created in
response to SARS, its mandate is broad and includes not only infectious
diseases, but also health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention,
and occupational and environmental health. The Agency will conduct original
research and will put science into practice in a manner that can be easily
applied by those in the field.

    QUOTES

    "We are building our capacity to support improvements to Ontario's public
health system across a number of fronts, including outbreak prevention and
control, research and surveillance, and health promotion and chronic disease
prevention," said Dr. Vivek Goel, President and CEO of the OAHPP. "Our team is
looking forward to contributing to the ongoing revitalization and renewal of
public health in Ontario."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The Ontario government established the public health agency on
        June 4, 2007 when the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and
        Promotion Act, 2007 received Royal Assent.

    -   The agency's board is chaired by Dr. David Walker, Dean of the
        Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University.

    -   The agency named Dr. Vivek Goel as its first president and chief
        executive officer, effective July 1, 2008.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
(http://www.oahpp.ca/).

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For further information:

For further information: Lesley Atkinson, Director of Communications,
(416) 314-3356, www.oahpp.ca

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