Public Health Unit
A Public Health Unit is a health agency that provides a wide range of programs and services carried out by specially qualified staff. Health units focus on promoting and protecting community health, and preventing disease, disability, and injury. They provide health promotion and prevention programs, and work with communities and individuals to ensure people live, work and play in healthy, safe and clean environments.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit provides a variety of public health programs and services that range from healthy living to child development, vaccinations to safe food, infectious diseases to injury prevention, sexual health to dental care, and much more. You do not require a health card or need to have a doctor to use these services.
The health unit also provides Health Connection, a free confidential public health information and advice service for residents and visitors to Simcoe and Muskoka.
Health Connection links you to all health unit programs and services. It can also link you to other community resources like parenting programs, car seat inspection clinics, or help you find the nearest walking trail.
Available by phone, email, Facebook and Twitter, Health Connection is staffed by public health nurses and inspectors who can help you get the information and resources you need to keep you and your family healthy.
If English is not your first language, or you have a family member who is more comfortable speaking in their mother tongue, Health Connection can help. Simply tell one of the public health professionals that you would like to speak in your own language and immediately you will be connected with a professional interpreter over the phone, at no cost to you.
Using an interpreter will not affect your right to privacy or confidentiality, but will allow you to confidently make decisions about your own health based on the best possible information.
You can talk to a public health professional at Health Connection, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.