Northern med school grad joins Sudbury's health unit

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A graduate of Northern Ontario's medical school will become the new Associate Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Sudbury and Districts.

Dr. Imran Khan will begin his new duties in October.

The board of health for the Sudbury district approved Khan's on Thursday

during its final meeting before the summer break.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe called Khan’s appointment to the role “tremendous news.”

“We’re really pleased,” said Sutcliffe, adding that Khan had spent some time working with Public Health during his residency training. “Many of us at Public Health are familiar with him and his work.

"He lives in Sudbury with his family and is pretty excited about beginning with us, but perhaps not nearly as excited as we are about him.”

Khan will work with Sutcliffe in pursuing the health unit’s mandate. His tenure will begin Oct. 24, a delay Sutcliffe attributed to the remaining rotations in Kahn’s residency at NOSM University.

Khan also holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo. Recently, he successfully completed his Public Health and Preventive Medicine Fellowship exams with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Board chair Rene Lapierre said the search for the right candidate to fill the role has been “long and extensive.” Lapierre said he was looking forward to working with Khan.

“First impression is (that he’s) a good fit for our corporation,” said Lapierre. “He’s very ambitious to be able to start his work, and really wants to set roots here in Sudbury.

"We look forward to Dr. Khan’s many contributions in promoting and protecting health in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.”

During their June 16 meeting, board members also reviewed a briefing note from Public Health addressed to the provincial Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

The briefing note is a request to the ministry to review the funding needs for the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, which provides home visits for pregnant women and parents with young children in need of support.

Sutcliffe said the request is just the latest step in ongoing efforts by the organization to secure more money from the provincial government for the program.

“It’s really geared towards helping children have a healthy start in life and reducing inequities from the very beginning,” said Sutcliffe.

The program has not received a funding increase since 2015, resulting in significant erosion of operating costs and staffing.

“We really don’t have any opportunity to formally request for increases in funds for this program, in Sudbury or anywhere in the province,” she said. “It was an issue before the pandemic and it has certainly (was) enhanced during and subsequent to the pandemic.”

The briefing note, which outlines the program itself and the needs that must be met for the program to continue running effectively, received unanimous support from the board.

The Board of Health has now adjourned for the remainder of the summer. Their next meeting is set for Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Mia Jensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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