Susan (Sue) Makin is the Healthy Families Director at Toronto Public Health (TPH). As such, she is responsible for providing leadership for the planning, delivery and evaluation of TPH's Reproductive Health and Child Health programs. This includes a broad range of programs delivered through three services areas. The Healthy Babies Healthy Children service area plans and implements the Ministry of Children and Youth Services HBHC program. The Maternal Infant service area promotes the health and nutrition of prenatal women and supports postpartum adjustment and breastfeeding. The Early Years service area promotes positive parenting, provides nutrition education to young families, encourages early identification and administers the Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Program, Infant Hearing Program and the Blind Low Vision program. Sue is also responsible for coordination of the Healthy Families/Healthy Living Quality Assurance program.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters degree in Education, both from the University of Toronto. She began her public health career in 1981 as a Community Health Nurse in the Region of Peel. Over the years, she has had management positions in Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Audio-Visual Screening, Seniors Placement Co-ordination, case management for the developmentally handicapped, school health services and injury prevention. She was also Acting Director of Nursing for North York Public Health and the North Region Director for Toronto Public Health.
Sue is actively engaged in promoting the healthy growth and development of children through a variety of broader initiatives. These include chairing the Ontario Public Health Association Child and Youth Health workgroup and co-chairing the Ontario Public Health Standards Child Health Guidance Document writing team. She was a member of the Toronto Children's Aid Society Board of Directors for 6 years and is currently a member of Toronto's Best Start Network.