Dr. Sommers named Medical Officer of Health for Northern Nova Scotia

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Northern Nova Scotia has a new Medical Officer of Health. 

Dr. Ryan Sommers

Northern Nova Scotia has a new Medical Officer of Health. Truro area physician Dr. Ryan Sommers has recently been appointed as the regional Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties and the municipality of East Hants.

 “As our medical officer of health, Dr. Sommers is providing leadership and expertise related to communicable diseases, health policy, chronic disease and preventive medicine,” says Mark Scott, director of Public Health Services for the region. “We are pleased to have welcomed him to our team and look forward to working with him to advance our efforts to improve the health of our communities.”

Nova Scotia’s medical officers of health focus on the health of populations, leading and helping support collaborative efforts to both maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.  They work with those in health care, other government departments and community groups to address major issues impacting health.

Sommers has been a member of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority’s medical community since 2008 as a family physician.

Shortly after he began practicing in the area, Sommers helped in the health authority’s response to the H1N1 flu pandemic.

In addition to his family practice and hospital duties, he supported planning for the new Colchester East Hants Health Centre and has been an active member of numerous committees and groups working to enhance appropriate use of antibiotic prescriptions and improve the quality of health care services.

Sommers pursued his passion for health promotion and population health by completing Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialty training through the University of Toronto.  This included a residency placement with Public Health Services in Northern Nova Scotia last fall.

“Our region is faced with a number of complex health issues,” says Dr. Sommers. “As medical officer of health my role is to work with Public Health Services to understand the health our communities and to act together to create conditions that will improve our communities’ health.”

Sommers replaces Dr. Robin Taylor. Taylor is continuing on as one of Nova Scotia’s medical officers of health.

Sommers and his wife, Dr. Jan Sommers, live in the Truro area and have two young boys.

Organizations: Public Health Services, Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Colchester East Hants Health Centre University of Toronto

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Northern Nova Scotia, Colchester Pictou Hants Truro

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  • james murphy
    September 09, 2013 - 12:45

    I have been on disability for 10 years . I applied for the disability tax credit and was refused. I amm living in poverty witth my wife on Canada pension disability. we are having to go to the food bank every month .along with borrowing money for food . we do not eat out or go anywhere as we can not afford it. our income is a bit over 900.00 monthly thank god we live in a housing unit with heat and lights included or I don't know where we would be. please explain to me why I was refused and what we are supposed to live on thank you james murphy

    • Graham Johnston
      September 10, 2013 - 16:04

      If you haven't already done so Mr Murphy, perhaps you ought to contact the NS Dept of Community Service and have a social worker evaluate your eligibility for various income support programs. If you are unhappy with the results of the meeting, you can request a review from a supervisor. Any time your are refuse, as in the question you raise, it must be in writing and understandable to you. Remember that any formal decision can be appealed. If your local MLA was aware of your situation I am certain he would be happy to arrange to have someone evaluate you situation. If your situation qualifies for federal assistance, you local MP should help you. On the face of it, a disabled couple living on $900.00 a month is an outrage. Best of luck to you and your wife.