Public Health and Emergency Services

Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is committed to providing public health programs and services, and an efficient response to the changing public health needs of the communities we serve.

This commitment is demonstrated through health protection, disease prevention, health promotion and injury prevention programs.

Our team of skilled health professionals work closely with our community to improve the social and physical environments where we live, learn, work, and play so residents can reach their full health potential.

Dr. Azim Kasmani
Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner

ext. 7338
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  • Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

    The Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division promotes:

    • Healthy eating
    • Tobacco-free living
    • Active living
    • Sun safety

    The division is also responsible for:

    • Preventing the misuse of drugs and alcohol
    • Helping people learn how to be safe in their everyday lives, in the home and on the road
    • Supporting workplace health through policy development
    • Enforcing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act


    905-688-8248 ext. 7315
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  • Clinical Services

    The Clinical Services division includes:

    • Clinics and classes
    • Immunization clinics and information
    • Infection prevention and control activities
    • Management of infectious diseases
    • Sexual health services and clinics
    • Mental health services


    905-688-8248 ext. 7408
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  • Emergency Services

    Responsible for providing 24-hour emergency pre-hospital medical care, the Emergency Services division includes:

    • A team of paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and community response unit
    • State of the art communications dispatch centre for 9-1-1 ambulance calls
    • Public safety education programs
    • Medical coverage for events (contract service)

    View our target and response times for emergency calls. Learn more about the programs and services delivered by our team of EMS professionals.


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  • Environmental Health

    Niagara Region is leading a number of initiatives related to the health of our environment. The Environmental Health division:

    • Investigates public health concerns about environmental health hazards
    • Conducts inspections of food establishments, nursing homes, migrant farm worker housing and personal services establishments
    • Inspects water quality of beaches and small water drinking systems
    • Surveillance of mosquitoes and ticks to prevent West Nile Virus and Lyme disease


    905-688-8248 ext. 7590
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  • Family Health

    The Family Health division provides resources and services to pregnant women, expectant or new families with children from birth to 18 years. Program areas include:

    • Reproductive health
    • Healthy babies / healthy children
    • Child health
    • Dental health
    • Infant and child development services
    • School health programs providing support and resources to families of school-aged children


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  • Medical

    The Medical division consists of the offices of the medical officer of health and associate medical officers of health. As part of a regional government structure, the medical officer also serves as the commissioner of Public Health. The associate medical officers of health serve as superintendents of the department programs. The Medical division:

    • Is accountable for the general health and well-being of Niagara's residents
    • Acts as the public voice at a local, provincial and federal level for the health needs of our community
    • Identifies potential health risks and coordinates a local response
    • Interprets and acts upon emerging information about potential threats to the health of the community

    The division has a solid foundation in scientific, medical and clinical fields, as well as risk management and communication skills.


    905-688-8248 ext. 7466
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  • Organizational and Foundational Standards

    Responsible for leadership and support for Niagara Region Public Health, the Organizational and Foundational Standards division provides functional support and leadership across a broad spectrum of areas including:

    • Continuous quality improvement and education
    • Communications, media and public relations
    • Social marketing
    • Population health assessment and data analysis
    • Medical informatics
    • Customer service at our Public Health offices


    905-688-8248 ext. 7444
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