Est. 1968 and going strong! Celebrating 50 years of serving Algoma


Algoma Public Health celebrates 50 years of promoting and protecting public health.

In November of 1968, Algoma Health Unit (now Algoma Public Health) was established as an official public health agency in Ontario.

Algoma Health Unit 1968

“We are very proud of our successes in public health, not only in the province but in the Algoma district” says Dr. Marlene Spruyt, medical officer of health for Algoma Public Health. “We will use this year to celebrate these and to share with the public the important work of public health.”

Public health services date back to the 1900’s in Sault Ste. Marie and area. The service area grew with the addition of townships north and east of Sault Ste. Marie in 1968 with Elliot Lake joining the district-wide Board of Health in 1978.

Algoma Public HealthPublic health impacts our communities by developing healthier environments to support and inform healthy living, responding to public health emergencies, and promoting social conditions that improve health.

Throughout 2018, APH will honour this milestone with events for the public, staff, partners and stakeholders throughout the Algoma district.

Our first community event will be a free skate at the John Rhodes Arena in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday January 20th from 3-5 pm.  All are welcome to participate and enjoy skating with family and friends.

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