I'm a public health nurse with the Health Unit's sexual health program. One of my roles is street nursing. Street nurses travel around in a refurbished ambulance visiting different areas of the city to offer sexual health and harm reduction services. We do things like STI testing, (immunizations?), and hand out harm reduction supplies like condoms, pipes, and needles to anyone who comes to see us. I absolutely love this part of my job.
It’s never been easier to get a flu shot.
The TBDHU launched its annual community flu shot clinics today at the West Thunder Community Centre. This year, the Health Unit will host one clinic per week with the last clinic on Thursday, November 30. Clinics will also be held in eight district communities served by the TBDHU.
October 11, 2017 - Over 2017, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has seen an increase in the number of cases of invasive group A streptococcal (IGAS) infections in our community. This infection develops when the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes gets into the blood, joints, lungs, or lining of the brain. Streptococcus pyogenes also causes more common diseases, like strep throat and minor skin infections.
October 10, 2017 - October 8 to 14 is Fire Prevention Week, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is calling on multi-unit housing providers in Thunder Bay and the District to adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings. The benefits of implementing smoke-free policies affect tenants and landlords, alike.
Beginning Monday, October 2, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is inviting residents of Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon to participate in a study to measure radon levels in their homes. Free radon home-testing kits will be available to 220 eligible households in Oliver Paipoonge and 150 eligible households in Marathon. The information gathered from the kits will help the TBDHU identify radon levels in those municipalities.
With students now back at school, the Northwest Tobacco Control Area Network (NW TCAN) is calling out for high school, post-secondary and community groups to participate in the TRYPs program where they may be eligible to receive up to $1000 for smoking-reduction projects aimed at young people between the ages of 13-24.
September 14, 2017 - Today, at the Health Unit’s main office, a new multi-media campaign was unveiled to encourage adults in Thunder Bay and District to eat well, be more active and make small changes over time for better health in the future.
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.
June 29, 2017 - This summer the TBDHU will be putting up new permanent swimming advisory signs at Boulevard Lake and Chippewa Park beaches advising the public of the potential risk of E. coli in the water. The signs will indicate the likelihood that the water has elevated levels of E. coli, based on five years of previous water quality tests. The new signs are intended to help the public make decisions about the risk of harm to their health due to E. coli at any time they are considering a swim.
June 21, 2017 - DineWise, the food inspection grading program launched by the TBDHU in January, has helped improve vendors’ compliance with food safety standards according to the results of an evaluation that was presented to the Board of Health today at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.