Office of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer

The main functions of the Deputy and Chief Provincial Public Health Officers are:
  • To monitor and report on the health status of Manitobans.
  • To support government departments and other partners to improve the overall health of Manitobans and reduce health disparities.
  • To take appropriate action consistent with the powers and responsibilities described for the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer (CPPHO) in the Public Health Act.
  • To advance public health knowledge and capacity.

Acting Chief Provincial Public Health Officer
Elise Weiss, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MSc

Elise Weiss, Deputy Chief Provincial Public Health Officer | Chief Provincial Public Health OfficerDr. Elise Weiss assumed the role of Acting Chief Provincial Public Health Officer effective October 3, 2016.

Dr. Weiss received her MD from the University of Manitoba in 1982, Certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1984, and Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2005. She completed a Master’s of Science in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba in 2003.

Between 1984 and 1992, she worked as a Family Physician in Ste. Rose, Winnipeg and Brandon, with a special interest in Obstetrics and Pediatric/Adolescent Medicine. She assumed the position of Regional Medical Officer of Health in 1992 for western Manitoba, and continued in that role until 2010. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Weiss assumed the position of Vice President Medical Services for the Assiniboine RHA, and then as Associate VP Medical Services for the Prairie Mountain Health Region in 2012. In 2013, she was appointed Manitoba’s Deputy Chief Provincial Public Health Officer.

She has been an Assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba since 2004, and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.