The Health Unit is a progressive public health agency committed to improving health and reducing social inequities in health through evidence-informed practice.

The Health Unit continues to meet the public health needs of the community: 2016 highlights by the numbers (PDF).

Our Vision

Healthier communities for all.

Accomplishing this vision is based on our ability to build on the following values:

Our Mission

Working with our communities to promote and protect health and to prevent disease for everyone.

Code of ethics: Sudbury & District Board of Health

The code of ethics is intended principally for the Sudbury & District Board of Health and other institutions in the Health Unit that have an explicit public health mission. Institutions and individuals that are outside of traditional public health but recognize the effects of their work on the health of the community may also find the code relevant and useful.

About the Health Unit

With a head office in the City of Greater Sudbury and five offices throughout the City of Greater Sudbury and the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, the Health Unit has over 250 staff who deliver provincially legislated public health programs and services (Ontario Public Health Standards, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care).

Governance and community partnerships

The Health Unit is governed by an autonomous Board of Health and has strong community and inter-agency partnerships, for example, with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Laurentian University. The Health Unit has an enriched public health practice environment that fosters research, ongoing education, and the development of innovative programs and services.

The Health Unit works locally with individuals, families, the community and partner agencies to promote and protect health and to prevent disease. Public health programs and services are geared toward people of all ages and are delivered in a variety of settings including workplaces, day care and educational settings, homes, health care settings and community spaces.

The public health system

The Health Unit is part of a provincial network of 36 non-profit public health agencies (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), funded jointly by local and provincial governments. Ontario’s public health system is comprised of these health units (public health agencies), the Public Health Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, public health laboratories, and primary health care providers.

Leadership: Medical Officer of Health

The Medical Officer of Health (MOH) is the Executive Officer to the Board of Health and is responsible to the Board for the management of the Health Unit’s public health programs and services as required by law. The Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) (Ontario e-Laws) defines the qualifications, roles and responsibilities of the Medical Officer of Health.

The public must be assured that qualified medical personnel are assessing their health needs and that the Board will act on such advice. The Medical Officer of Health must be a physician, possess the qualifications and requirements prescribed by the HPPA (fellowship in Community Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or specific post-graduate training in public health) and be approved by the Minister of Health.

The general duties of a Medical Officer of Health are:

This item was last modified on February 17, 2017