August 23, 2017 - Today, Joe Virdiramo, Chair of the Thunder Bay District Board of Health officially welcomed Dr. Emily Groot to the position of Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Dr. Groot started in the position on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
“We are excited to have Dr. Groot join the Health Unit and to work with the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janet DeMille, in advancing public health work,” says Mr. Virdiramo.
Having grown up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Dr. Groot is a northerner at heart. To pursue her professional goals, her studies took her to southern Ontario where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science and then Doctor of Medicine degree from McMaster University. She completed a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto before entering the Queen’s University Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program to complete her qualifications for the AMOH position. She received a specialist certification in Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada this spring.
Dr. Groot appreciates the opportunities and challenges of northern public health, and notes a particular interest in Indigenous health. She is happy to be living and working in Thunder Bay District where her knowledge and experience of living in northern Ontario can be applied to the public health issues she will be addressing in the AMOH role.