Southwestern Public Health
Connect with your community
Southwestern Public Health works together with its partners to ensure the health of the whole community.
Formed in 2018 by the merger of Elgin St. Thomas Public Health and Oxford County Public Health, Southwestern Public Health serves a population of about 200,000 across Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. Our programs respond to public health emergencies; promote healthy lifestyles; help prevent injuries, illness and disease in the community; and promote positive change and social conditions that improve health.
Southwestern Public Health delivers mandated programs under the Ontario Public Health Standards and is regulated by the Ontario Health Promotion and Protection Act.
The health unit maintains its main sites in Woodstock and St. Thomas.
SWPH provides programs, events and clinics such as:
- Nobody’s Perfect parenting program
- Well Baby drop-in clinics
- Immunization clinics
- Car seat installation seminars
- Sexual health clinics
- Quit smoking clinics
- Food Safe classes
SWPH supports families with:
- Telephone contact by a Public Health Nurse after delivery of a baby
- Healthy Babies, Healthy Children home visiting program
- Prenatal classes
- Dental screening and treatment
- Let’s Grow information for ages and stages
SWPH is in the community providing:
- Infection control in institutions
- Inspections of food service operations
- Management of infectious diseases and outbreaks
- Enforcement of Smoke Free Ontario Act
- Health promotion in schools
- Investigations into animal bites and health hazards
- Water testing
- Advocacy for a healthy community