The Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response department provides evidence-based scientific and technical advice to local, provincial and federal partners in government, public health and healthcare. The department has six areas of expertise:
The Communicable Diseases team focuses on the planning, development and management of initiatives in the field of communicable disease prevention and control. We provide scientific and technical advice and support on case/contact and outbreak monitoring, management and tracking of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, respiratory infections/outbreaks, sexually-transmitted infections, blood-borne infections and emerging infectious diseases.
Public health emergency preparedness involves planning and collaboration with partners, health care organizations and community agencies. Emergency Preparedness team uses the emergency management cycle, focusing on emergencies that may put human health at risk. We provide scientific and technical support and professional development to Ontario partners.
The Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases team works with Public Health Units, provincial and federal partners to determine and mitigate the burden of enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases in Ontario. We conduct surveillance to detect disease trends, provide best practices to manage enteric outbreaks, and build capacity in public health to address enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.
The IVPD team provides expertise on immunization and vaccine-preventable disease prevention and control to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, public health units, and immunization providers to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making and practice. Our work focuses on surveillance of vaccine coverage, vaccine safety, and disease burden.
The Operations and Response team provides support with surveillance data entry and reportable disease reporting in Ontario. We work closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to monitor and report on public health incidents. We also provide support to the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committees on communicable diseases and immunization.
The Public Health Economics Research team conducts grant-funded, cutting-edge health economics research on infectious diseases. We aim to determine the economic burden of infectious diseases by conducting population-based studies and evaluating public health interventions. Our team provides health economics support within PHO, as well as to various scientific advisory committees and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.