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Alberta gets new Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Karen Grimsrud has been appointed Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health following a national search to fill the position.

“The health of all Albertans is my ministry’s top priority, and Dr. Grimsrud, as our Chief Medical Officer of Health, will be a tremendous asset in protecting and promoting public health. I’m looking forward to having her as part of our team as we work to give Albertans access to health care in the right place, at the right time, by the right professional.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

Dr. Grimsrud has more than 25 years of experience working in public health, including approximately 20 years in Alberta. Her major areas of interest and responsibility have been in the areas of immunization, communicable disease control, public health emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and evidence-based public health methodology and guideline development.

In her position, Dr. Grimsrud will be a member of the Alberta Health executive team and will advise the Minister on public health and population health matters.

“Public health has long been a passion of mine. I’m looking forward to taking on this new challenge and contributing as part of a team to promote and protect public health in Alberta.”

Dr. Karen Grimsrud

Dr. Grimsrud will start in the role on April 18.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health is responsible for providing public health expertise to support health surveillance, population health and disease control initiatives on issues of public health importance. The position includes promoting and protecting the health of Albertans under the authority of the Public Health Act. The position acts as a liaison between the government and Alberta Health Services, medical officers of health, and executive officers in the administration of the Public Health Act.

Editor’s Note: Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman, and Dr. Grimsrud will be available for media interviews at 2 p.m. at 10996 - 124 Street, Edmonton. For media outside of Edmonton, please contact Press Secretary Timothy Wilson to arrange an interview.

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