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Canadian Nurses Association statement on appointment of chief public health officer of Canada

Ottawa, July 4, 2017 — Mike Villeneuve, chief executive officer of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), issued the following statement regarding the federal government’s recent appointment of Dr. Theresa Tam as the chief public health officer of Canada:

“CNA extends congratulations to Dr. Tam on her new position as Canada’s chief public health officer, a key role in improving public health and strengthening Canada’s ability to respond to public health threats, outbreaks and emergencies.

“Frequently in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, CNA has been at the forefront of public health issues. These issues have included distributing information related to Syrian refugees in Canada to nurses across the country and focusing on infectious disease prevention, health emergency preparedness and the opioid crisis. Notably, nurses are working every day to support patients and families who face the impact of the opioid epidemic. CNA will continue to collaborate with the federal government on this public health crisis.

“Our association is also committed to addressing the issue of antimicrobial resistance. CNA’s efforts in this area include membership and participation on the antimicrobial stewardship Canada steering committee and active involvement in the Canadian roundtable on antimicrobial stewardship. This work seeks to develop a Canadian multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral action plan.

“CNA looks forward to the opportunity to speak and work with Dr. Tam and her team on these and other public health issues of interest to nurses and Canadians.”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-266-8230
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca