October 2019
Health Minister Announces Advisor on Public Health and Emergency Health Services Consultations

2019-10-11 8:02:57 AM

CATEGORIES: Emergency Services

As part of the provincial government’s plan to change way public health and emergency health services operate, Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott has announced that Jim Pine will take on the role of advisor for consulting on modernizing public health and emergency health services.

The government says that its goal is to make changes to the existing public health system to better ensure:

  • Better consistency and equity of service delivery across the province;


  • Improved clarity and alignment of roles and responsibilities between the province, Public Health Ontario and local public health;


  • Better and deeper relationships with primary care and the broader health care system to support the goal of ending hallway health care through improved health promotion and prevention;


  • Unlocking and promoting leading innovative practices and key strengths from across the province; and


  • Improved public health delivery and the sustainability of the system

Pine will lead consultations with groups affected by the government’s push to reform public health and emergency health services, including the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), boards of health, public health experts, Central Ambulance Communication Centres, associations, and unions.

This is a follow-up to previous government announcements, including the 2019 Budget announcement on the changes to public health unit boundaries and Minister Elliott’s announcement at the 2019 AMO Conference that the provincial funding formula for public health units will transition in 2020 to a 70-30 cost-sharing model.

Pine said that he is "looking forward to hearing directly from different communities across Ontario and giving my best advice on how to improve public health and emergency health services." He added that he believes this consultation process will allow the government and its partners to "identify and implement innovative and modern solutions to long-standing challenges."

Jim Pine is currently the Chief Administrative Officer of the County of Hastings, a position he has held for the last 15 years. Prior to this, he held senior positions in a variety of small municipalities, and worked for various positions over nine years in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, including as Regional Director for Eastern Ontario.

For more information, please see below:

Ontario Government: Ontario Names Advisor on Public Health and Emergency Health Services Consultations

AMCTO: Premier Ford Addresses Delegates at AMO

AMO: Notes for Remarks by Minister Elliott at AMO Conference

AMCTO: New Public Health Boundaries Proposed

AMCTO: Budget Update -- Public Health


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