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September 23-28, 2013 is Environmental Public Health Week

It is my pleasure to support the recognition of Ontario’s environmental public health professionals (EPHPs) and the important contributions they make to the health and well-being of Ontarians.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important work that EPHPs do to protect and promote public health in Ontario. Across the health units in our province, EPHPs work tirelessly to support disease prevention and intervention.  In addition to breaking new frontiers in various areas of environmental health such as built environment and climate change adaptation, EPHPs support traditional environmental health programs. Through inspections, investigations, and on-going education efforts, these professionals promote food safety, water safety, and other environmental health programs in our province.

In the past, EPHPs have been called on to help respond to local outbreaks and cross-jurisdictional events, and for their expertise in emergency situations. As new public health challenges arise in the 21st century, EPHPs will continue to play a critical role in our public health system’s ability to remain resilient and responsive.

On behalf of the people of Ontario, I would like to thank EPHPs for making our province a healthier place to live.

Arlene King, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Chief Medical Officer of Health


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