Durham Region Health Department promotes and protects the health of Durham Region residents by providing a diversity of health enhancing programs and emergency medical services that address the needs of our community. A team of dedicated staff are here to answer your questions about public health issues, whether the inquiries are about disease prevention, health protection or general health concerns. The Health Department also monitors health trends and disease statistics in our community.
Leading the way to a healthier Durham.
We excel at providing a diversity of health enhancing services that address growing and changing needs in our community.
The Role of Public Health
The Ontario government determines the Health Department’s role. A Medical Officer of Health, appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, mandates the programs and services of Durham Region Health Department. The Medical Officer of Health and other members of the public health system protect and promote the health of Durham Region residents. The Medical Officer of Health is responsible for managing public health concerns and implementing programs and services while ensuring the provision of:
- Community health promotion and protection
- Communicable disease prevention
- Inspection for health hazards
- Investigation of occupational and environmental health hazards
- Administrative staff and service provide
The Health Department’s programs and services are governed by provincial legislation including the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ambulance Act. Durham Region Health Department is an accredited public health agency by the Ontario Council of Community Health Accreditation. Emergency Medical Services is certified by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Protecting the Health of Durham Region Residents
The goal of the Health Department is to encourage healthy lifestyles and ensure a healthy and safe environment for all residents of Durham Region. The Department’s staff is made up of medical and dental professionals, public health nurses, community health nurses, public health inspectors, public health nutritionists, infant development consultants, epidemiologists, paramedics, family visitors, and administrative support staff.