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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is pleased to share its Mental Health Promotion Strategy, which will be used to focus its efforts to ensure equitable opportunities for all community members to experience positive mental health and mental well-being. 


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Karen Ellis Scharfenberg
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OPHA Cross-Appointment (non-voting): Karen Ellis Scharfenberg.

Karen is the President of the Ontario Public Health Association; OPHA as of April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020.  She has been a member of the OPHA Board of Directors for 5 years and has a passion for effective public health policy as well as board governance. Karen is also the Chief Nursing Officer of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and a member of SMDHU Executive. Karen holds both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Business Administration (MBA).  Karen has over 15 years’ experience in Public Health at both the frontline level and management roles.  Throughout her career, Karen’s positions have progressed both in responsibility and complexity. 





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