In addition to public health risks posed by communicable diseases, human health may also be put at risk by other events such as extreme weather, human and/or technology-influenced incidents and disasters. Public health emergency preparedness requires planning and intervention activities to prevent, respond to and recover from incidents and emergencies that may put the health of Ontarians at risk.
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.
We provide scientific and technical advice in preparation for and response to public health emergencies. We work with the MOHLTC and public health units to enhance preparedness and resilience in the health sector through emergency planning, capacity-building and evidence-based emergency preparedness education and research.
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 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.
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Reportable Disease Contact List
Immunization and Vaccine Preventable DiseasesOur team provides health economics support within PHO, as well as to various scientific advisory committees and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.