About the Public Health Department

Niagara Region Public Health is committed to meeting the public health needs of our community. We demonstrate this commitment through health protection, disease prevention, health promotion, and injury prevention programs.

We offer a complete range of public health programs to:


  • Healthy child development and healthy parenting
  • Positive mental, reproductive, sexual, dental, and heart health
  • Immunization
  • Early detection of cancer


  • Substance abuse and tobacco use
  • Chronic diseases and injuries
  • Infectious diseases


  • Our communities from infectious diseases and environmental hazards (food, water, air, and soil)
  • Niagara by preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergency situations
  • Residents and visitors by providing emergency medical services

Through our team of skilled health professionals and Public Health Senior Management Team, we work closely with our community to improve the social and physical environments where we live, learn, work, and play so residents can reach their full health potential.

Regional Council is your Board of Health.

Review the 2012 - 2015 Public Health Strategic Plan.

Public Health includes the following divisions:

  • Central Support, Information and Surveillance
    Provides functional support and leadership across a broad spectrum of areas, including continuous quality improvement and education, community development, communications, social marketing, community surveillance, research, evaluation, medical informatics, physical resources and assets, financial monitoring and reporting, occupational health and safety, and general administrative support.

  • Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
    Promotes healthy eating, tobacco-free living, active living, sun safety, and early detection of cancer to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, and cancer. Helps people learn how to be safe in their everyday lives; in the home and on the road.

  • Clinical Services
    Provides immunization clinics and information, infection prevention and control activities, sexual health services and clinics, and mental health services.

  • Emergency Services
    Consists of our Niagara Emergency Medical Services team of paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers.

  • Environmental Health
    Investigates public health concerns about environmental health hazards and conducts inspections of food establishments, nursing homes, migrant farm worker housing, personal services establishments, and beaches.

  • Family Health
    Consists of our reproductive health, healthy babies/healthy children, dental health, infant and child development services, and school health programs providing resources and services to pregnant women and families with children from birth to 18 years.

  • Medical
    Consists of the offices of the Medical Officer of Health, Associate Medical Officers of Health, and Operating Officer (Health) who are accountable for the general health and well-being of Niagara's 430,000 residents and act as the public voice at a local, provincial, and federal level for the current and changing health needs of our community. Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, the Medical Officer serves as the Executive Director of the public health department and the Associate Medical Officers of Health serve as superintendants of the department programs. They are responsible for identifying potential health risks and coordinating a local response and interpreting and acting upon emerging information regarding potential threats to the health of the community. They possess a solid foundation in scientific, medical, and clinical fields, as well as risk management and communication skills.

Main Public Health Page

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