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Rural, Remote & Northern Public Health Network



By connecting Medical Officers of Health/Directeurs de Santé Publique from rural, remote and Northern regions across Canada, this network allows for innovation and improvements in how public health services are designed and delivered in these unique


To function as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in dealing with rural and remote public health issues and the development of strategies to address these  issues. The network provides a discussion platform for medical officers of health to learn from one another, and build upon each other’s successes in prevention and program planning, delivery and evaluation.


To share experiences and best practices in delivery and evaluation of public health programs and initiatives in rural and remote geographies. 

To improve the profile of rural and remote public health issues. 

To advance healthy policy change by developing a collective voice for rural public health issues.

To foster collaborative action on issues of mutual interest. To provide a forum for other groups/organizations that wish to consult on rural public health issues. 

To foster and facilitate research in rural and remote public health. To issue position statements on important public health issues.

Scope of the Network

The scope of the network is to address any health related issues that affect the rural and
remote regions of Canada. This includes conversations about topics such as environmental health, mental health and wellness, and infectious diseases. The goal is for
members of the network to have the opportunity to exchange and learn from one another about all challenges and opportunities that pertain to their role, such as:

  • Program Structure or Models of Service Delivery
  • Advocacy and Health Promotion
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology, Research and Evaluation
  • Information Management
  • Mechanisms of Collaboration
  • Policy Recommendations


If you are interested in more information about the network, or to join, please email or

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