Public Health Services keeps York Region residents healthy through health promotion, health protection and disease prevention. Public Health staff work collaboratively with schools, recreation facilities, health care institutions, business and all levels of government to build healthy, safe communities, according to the requirements of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines, December 1997, under the provisions of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Public Health - Divisions and Programs
Public Health Services is subdivided into five divisions:
Child and Family Health
The Child and Family Health Division develops and delivers coordinated community prenatal, post-natal, child and family-related education and support programs and services. The importance of a child's early years is highlighted through programs including breastfeeding, infant and child growth/development, parenting skills, preconception health and postpartum depression.
This division offers healthy lifestyle-related programs in Workplace Wellness, Injury Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention, Seniors Program, Early Detection of Cancer including Sun Safety, Elementary School Services, Secondary School Services, Tobacco Free Living, and Active Communities.
Dental and Nutrition
Through this division, the community is offered dental screening in childcare centres and schools, dental services and treatment for eligible clients with needs, reproductive and child health programs, healthy eating and nutrition programs throughtout the lifecycle disease prevention and food security.
The Health Protection Division oversees health protection programs including Food Safety and Inspection, Safe Water, Health Hazard, Environmental Health, Emergency Response, Pool and Spa Safety, Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality, Rabies, Infection Control, West Nile Virus and Pesticide Reduction.
Infectious Diseases Control
The Infectious Diseases Control Division provides many services to enhance and protect the health of York Region residents through: