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The Niagara Region Public Health Primary Care Advisory and Liaison Group is made up of Public Health representatives, family physicians and a nurse practitioner.
Representing specific areas of Niagara, the members strive to equitably represent and be inclusive of all family physicians and nurse practitioners who practise in Niagara's diverse communities.
This group is in place to support improved two-way communication between Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara's primary care sector, including collaboration efforts, resource sharing and knowledge exchange.
In 2021, efforts were made to provide two way communication between public health and primary care. Through the use of geographic catchments, we disseminated information to primary care and collected feedback on relevant public health concerns.
While the bulk of our work and discussions were about the COVID-19 pandemic, we also addressed issues such as mental health and addictions, 18 month well baby visits, and school and community vaccination programs for routine vaccines. Public Health also gained a better understanding of the challenges facing primary care providers, which will support better collaboration between the two sectors going forward.
A highlight of the year was the inaugural Primary Care Advisory and Liaison Rounds which saw members from all geographic catchments meet with our catchment leads. These events allowed for face-to-face interaction with primary care providers throughout Niagara to address a variety of topics and collect feedback on practice needs or emerging issues relevant to the health of our community.
As we move forward into 2022 and beyond, we plan to:
Video series with Public Health staff on topics that support an understanding of our programs and the role of primary care in these areas.
Watch past presentations.
If you have a few hours available each month and would like to get involved, email HCP Engagement for information on open positions.
Catchment area leads
Kristin Chow, Family Physician
Niagara North Family Health Team
Catchment area: St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake
Alison Mattatall, Nurse Practitioner
Niagara Falls Community Health Centre
Catchment area: Nurse practitioners and community health centres
David Dec, Family Physician
Portage Medical Group
Catchment area: Niagara Falls and Fort Erie; family medicine liaison with Niagara Health / medical societies
Mark Prodger, Family Physician
Thorold Family Medical Centre
Catchment area: St. Catharines and Thorold
Public Health leads
Mustafa Hirji, Medical Officer of Health (Acting)
Andrea Feller, Associate Medical Officer of Health