Public Health Agency of Canada 2013–14 Report on Plans and Priorities

Minister's Message

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health

I am pleased to present the Public Health Agency of Canada's 2013–14 Report on Plans and Priorities. The Agency plays an important role in protecting Canadians and empowering them to improve their health to support participation in their communities, society and the economy.

Preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting healthy behaviours are cornerstones of public health. The Agency will continue to provide national leadership in health promotion and health protection, build public health capacity, and strengthen public health emergency preparedness and response by working with its partners across sectors and jurisdictions.

The Agency will focus on the prevention of infectious diseases, such as influenza, food-borne illness and tuberculosis, through surveillance, control measures, and world-class science and research. The Agency will also promote and support positive mental health in collaboration with its partners, will work to increase awareness of sports and recreation-related injury risks, and will target specific at-risk populations such as seniors. In addition, a second Summit on Healthy Weights/Healthy Living will further advance multisectoral partnerships that promote healthy living and prevent chronic diseases.

The Agency will continue to strengthen its operations through shared services with Health Canada and by modernizing program delivery. I am confident that the plans, priorities and programs outlined in this report will provide concrete advancements toward our goal of healthier Canadians and communities in a healthier world.

Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Health

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