Algoma Public Health

Public Health at work in Algoma

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Read the 2016 report to the community - pdf file (1.6 MB)

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  1. A message from the Board of Health Chair
  2. Public Health in Algoma - by the numbers
  3. 2016 Funding

A message from the Board of Health, Chair

Health. When you think of health what do you think of? You might think of a hospital or doctor’s office where you go when you get sick. A doctor and a nurse will look at your symptoms and help you get back to better health.

Algoma Public Health (APH) is also a health organization, but our focus is on public health. We work for the whole population to keep you healthy everywhere in the community – at home, work, school and at play.   Much of the work that we do is proactive and educational in nature.  This prevents illness and reduces the need to see a doctor or nurse to get back to health in a lot of cases. 

Some examples of how we do this:

• We inspect restaurants and places that sell food to make sure that they are clean and the food is cooked properly so you don’t get sick.
• We work with all hospitals and long-term care homes to help reduce the spread of disease.
• We work with schools to teach children about making healthy eating choices and staying active.
• We work with families and parents to enhance understanding of healthy choices in nutrition, living and life style choices.

We live in a region that covers almost 49, 000 square kilometres. We have 200 employees who work in 4 offices across Algoma – Blind River, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa. We work with school boards, municipal governments, health organizations and community partners to support healthy environments for all our communities.

I encourage you to read our report so you can better understand the important work that Public Health accomplishes in Algoma.

Lee Mason
Chair, Board of Health

Public Health at work in Algoma

  • 10,290 students benefited from the Northern Fruit & Vegetable Program
  • 6,889 dental screenings in Elementary schools &
  • 4,507 students immunized at school
  • 420 food handlers certified
  • 1,069 food places inspected 
  • support for 1,669 mental health clients
  • 58 inspections at public places to ensure safe drinking water 

  • 151inspections of pools & spas

  • 697 phone calls to postpartum mothers

  • 82% of mothers with a newborn started breastfeeding

  • 99 stores  inspected for following the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

  • 366 clients under the age of 17 received free dental care from the Healthy Smiles Ontario program

  • 3,366 calls made to the sexual health line for services

  • supported 201 clients to quit smoking

  • support for 927 clients with addictions

  • 1,114 home visits with families with young children up to the age of six (Healthy Babies Healthy Children)

  • 36 investigations of outbreaks at health care and school setting

  • 24 beaches tested for E.coli

2016 Sources of Funding


Municipal Levies (District of Algoma)  $3,399,000
Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care $10,111,000
North East Local Health Integration Network        $3,956,000
Ministry of Children & Youth Services  $2,393,000
Community Partners, Fees and Recoveries           $2,729,000