McGuinty Government Continues To Strengthen Public Health In Ontario



    $200,000 Grant To Develop New School

    KINGSTON, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is advancing
educational opportunities for public health professionals by providing a
$200,000 grant to Queen's University to plan for a new School of Public
Health, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman announced
today.
    "We are committed to renewing Ontario's public health system," said
Smitherman. "This planning grant is a great first step to increase graduate
student programs in public health and strengthen our delivery of public health
services throughout Ontario."
    The planned school is intended to provide programs at the undergraduate
and graduate levels in public health and related disciplines. It would also
support community public health organizations and link with provincial,
federal and international public health agencies and non-government
organizations.
    "This grant will help us pioneer a graduate school of public health in
Ontario," said Dr. David Walker, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. "We want to
create a program that will foster considerable academic and research prospects
for students and faculty."
    The School of Public Health will focus on public health research,
education, training and practice. In Canada, most public health teaching is
carried out by departments within faculties of medicine or nursing.
    "Today's investment is great news for our community health care partners
and for future Queen's students who will pursue degree programs in public
health," said John Gerretsen MPP for Kingston and The Islands. "I am pleased
our government is making these funds available today."
    "Queen's University is grateful for the government's support on this
important initiative," said Karen R. Hitchcock, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.
"This will allow us to move forward with enhancing our research, education and
public service programs in public health."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in health care services in public health. Other initiatives
include:

    
    -  Creating a new Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion to
       provide cutting edge research and scientific advice on public health;
    -  36 public health units receiving more than $400 million in funding to
       provide mandatory and related programs in 2006;
    -  Funding 112 new infection control practitioners across the province.
    

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
strengthening public health, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.

    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.

    Disponible en français.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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