The Chief Medical Health Officer for Northern Health is the lead for the public health team that works to improve the health of people in the north by preventing illness, promoting healthy choices, and helping to eliminate or avoid outbreaks.
Dr. Allison says her short term goal is to better understand the conditions of the northern population, while the long term goal is to improve these living and working conditions.
“We do have a very robust data collection system and opportunities to use that data to assess the health needs of that population,” Dr. Allison said. “That is a very strong focus of my early time here is trying to establish some really good, strong, routinised reporting that we can start building on.”
Dr Allison’s career also includes being a family physician in Brandon, Churchill and Winnipeg.
Northern Health Chief Executive Officer and President, Cathy Ulrich says they’re “thrilled to have Dr. Allison join our team.”
“Her experience in rural medicine from Manitoba will be an asset to the organization as she brings new and innovative ideas, while continuing work on programs that are currently serving northerners,” Ulrich said.
Teaching is another passion of Dr Allison, serving at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Community Health Services and Family Medicine, as well as an advisor for the Faculty of Health Sciences.