Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is one of 34 Public Health Units in the province of Ontario, Canada. RCDHU is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the obligated municipalities in Renfrew County and District which include the City of Pembroke, the Township of South Algonquin and most of Algonquin Provincial Park.
The Health Unit’s main office is located in the City of Pembroke, with a branch office in the Town of Renfrew. Before COVID-19 there were approximately 71 staff members.
The geographic area of Renfrew County and District is 14,980 square kilometers and the population is estimated at 105,717 (2015).
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Optimal health for all in Renfrew County and District.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit protects and promotes the health and well-being of all.
The 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan was developed based on valuable input from key stakeholders including health unit employees, community partners and Board of Health members. The plan describes four strategic directions for moving towards “Optimal Health for All” in Renfrew County and District.
The legislative mandate for Ontario’s 34 public health units is described in the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). The guiding purpose of the HPPA is to “…provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services, the prevention of the spread of diseases and the promotion and protection of the health of the people of Ontario.” (R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s.2)
The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) describe requirements for basic public health programs and services. These include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection activities. These contribute to the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of all Ontarians.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit is governed by an autonomous Board of Health. The Board consists of elected and appointed representatives from the Province of Ontario, the County of Renfrew, the City of Pembroke and the Township of South Algonquin. The Renfrew County and District Health Unit’s Board of Health oversees the administration of the Health Unit’s programs and services.
2023 Board of Health Members are as follows:
James Brose, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Executive, and Resources Committees.
J. Michael du Manoir
J. Michael du Manoir, a Provincial Appointee, is the Chair of the Resources Committee and a Member of the Executive Committee.
Peter Emon, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.
Joanne King, a Provincial Appointee, is the Vice-Chair of the Board, and a Member of the Governance, Executive, and Striking Committees.
Ethel LaValley is the Member from the Township of South Algonquin, and is a Member of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.
James Manion, is a Provincial Appointee.
Jennifer Murphy, a representative of the County of Renfrew, is a Member of the Stakeholder Relations Committee.
Neil Nicholson is a representative of the County of Renfrew, and a Member of the Governance, and Resources Committees.
Troy Purcell is the representative for the City of Pembroke, and the Chair of the Governance Committee. Troy, also, sits on the Executive, and Striking Committees.
Carolyn Watt, a Provincial Appointee, is the Chair of the Stakeholder Relations Committee, and a Member of the Executive, Resources, and Striking Committees.
Board of Health meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month starting at 10 a.m. Currently, meetings are held virtually.
There are no Regular Board meetings held in July, August, or December.
The next Regular Board of Health meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
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Board of Health members are assigned to additional committees as follows: Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Resources Committee, and Stakeholder Relations Committee.
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Stakeholder Relations Committee