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Health unit releases its report card

The Northwestern Health Unit has released its second-annual public health report card.

“The report card tells the community and our funders about the work of the health unit in the past year,” noted board chairman John Albanese.

The report includes information on 14 key areas of public health work, including food safety, tobacco use prevention, immunizations, safe water, injury prevention, and child health.

“Our work touches on so many aspects of people’s day-to-day lives,” said Dr. James Arthurs, the health unit’s medical officer of health.

“Every time you pour a cup of coffee, or watch your child play hopscotch in a school playground, or enjoy a night out in a smoke-free restaurant, someone from public health has made a difference for you,” he remarked.

“The report card gives us a chance to highlight health unit services for readers who may not be aware of them,” echoed CEO Mark Perrault.

The public health report card is available at

A hard-copy version is available by request.

The Northwestern Health Unit provides public health services across the districts of Kenora and Rainy River.

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