North East LHIN and Partners Engage with Public Health

October 28, 2016 – The importance of public health within the health care system was highlighted during a number of recent meetings between the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) and health system partners.

Senior Leaders of the LHIN and the region’s five public health units met to look at ways to work collaboratively to ensure population health needs and priorities are integrated into planning and service delivery across the continuum of health care.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer of the Sudbury & District Health Unit and Acting Medical Officer of Health for Algoma Public Health, spoke to members of the North East LHIN’s Local Aboriginal Committee on opportunities to work collaboratively with public health units to improve the health of Aboriginal people in Northeastern Ontario. During her presentation, Dr. Sutcliffe talked about the scope of work of public health units and their role in the health care system.

Dr. Ariella Zbar, Associate Medical Officer of the Sudbury & District Health Unit, presented to members of the North East LHIN’s Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC) on opportunities to more closely align public health with the rest of the health care system. Both, Dr. Sutcliffe and Dr. Zbar have recently become members of the HPAC – an advisory committee to the NE LHIN Board of Directors.

And, the NE LHIN in partnership with the North East Stay on Your Feet Regional Committee and its partners, including the region’s Five Public Health Units hosted a successful conference in Sudbury on Thursday (October 29) to educate care providers about helping fellow Northerners prevent falls. NE LHIN and its partners from Public Health across the region are collaborating on a public awareness campaign to help Northeastern seniors prevent falls and maintain good health.


  • Population health – defined as the health outcomes of a particular community – is a core responsibility of local public health units in Ontario.
  • There are five public health units within the NE LHIN: Algoma Public Health, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Porcupine Health Unit, Sudbury & District Health Unit, Timiskaming Health Unit.

For more information contact: Lara Bradley, North East LHIN Communications Officer at 705-674-1492 or by email at


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