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Making Children the Priority: Early Childhood Development in Priority Neighbourhoods


The Health Neighbourhoods initiative examines information for 50 Health Neighbourhoods in Durham Region to better understand patterns of health in our communities. The ultimate goal is to support strong, safe and equitable neighbourhoods that improve the health and well-being of all residents.



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Dr. Marlene Spruyt
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COMOH Representative, North Region

Marlene Spruyt is currently the MOH/CEO of Algoma Public Health based in Sault Ste Marie. She assumed this position in January 2017 after fulfilling the same role at Timiskaming Health Unit for the previous 5 years. The earlier years of her career were spent practicing Family Medicine including obstetrics, emergency and coroner duties in rural and northern locations including Clarington and Manitoulin Island. She is a Past President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians.



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