Reflections on My First Year as a Street Nurse

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.

TBDHU Flu Clinics Begin


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.

Free Radon Kits for Oliver Paipoonge and Marathon

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.  

Associate Medical Officer of Health Announced by Board of Health

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. 

New Signage for City Beaches

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.