Chatham-Kent Board of Health

Chatham-Kent Board of Health

 The principle legislation that governs public health in Ontario is the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).

The Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) includes important information regarding the governance of public health units including the definition of a Board of Health, and the role and mandate of a Board of Health.

In municipal boards, the staff of the health unit operates under the municipal administrative structure. However, the Board of Health is comprised of municipal councillors and community representatives.  Funding is 75% provincial, 25% municipal with many programs 100% provincially funded.

Role

The role of the Board of Health is to:

  • Appoint a full-time medical officer of health;
  • Hire staff to carry out the functions of the board as outlined within the HPPA;
  • Provide the municipality with a yearly budget notice;
  • Have a strong commitment to and understanding  of public health programs;
  • Attend board meetings, actively participate, and serve as officers;
  • Serve in a volunteer capacity without regard for remuneration or profit;
  • Identify and declare any conflicts of interest;
  • Represent the health unit in the community; and
  • Recognize that decisions made for the Board of Health are separate and apart from Municipal Council decisions.

The Board of Health is a separate entity working towards the health of the community.

Chatham-Kent Board of Health
Current Appointees  
Representatives of Council (4) Joe Faas, Carmen McGregor, Brock McGregor, Bob Myers  
Citizen Appointees (2) Ron Carnahan, Sharon Pfaff  
Provincial Appointee Noreen Blake