Dr. Valerie Jaeger, Medical Officer of Health, Commissioner, Public Health

Dr. Valerie Jaeger
Dr. Valerie Jaeger
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Valerie Jaeger has been Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region for the past five years. In this capacity she is responsible for protecting the health of Niagara's 450,000 residents and 15 million visitors through Public Health programs, Land Ambulance and Dispatch Services, and Emergency Planning.

Dr. Jaeger also currently holds part-time appointments in Community Health Sciences at Brock University and in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University.

Dr. Jaeger's eclectic view of the world was shaped by life in fourteen cities and three continents. Many universities have been like home to her, including Cambridge and Edinburgh in the UK and, in Canada, the University of New Brunswick (Bachelor of Science), McGill University (PhD and MD) and University of Waterloo (Master of Public Health).

Twenty-five years in private family practice and university student health contributed to her being named Family Physician of the Year for Southern Ontario in 2006.

Dr. Jaeger is President of alPHa (Association of Local Public Health Agencies), a former Chair of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health and the founder of the Niagara Health Trust. She served for eleven years on the Brock University Board of Trustees and has also been Chair of successful local United Way Campaigns.

Being convinced that progress best occurs when new perspectives are sought, Dr. Jaeger aims to bring the knowledge of other disciplines such as physics, economics and psychology to Public Health. She has the privilege of enabling her over 600 staff to do great work that they are passionate about.

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