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.

Dr. Brent Roussin

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin

Dr. Brent Roussin, a practicing physician and a specialist in public health and preventive medicine, serves as Manitoba's chief public health officer. Dr. Roussin's appointment took effect June 3, 2019.

The main functions of the chief provincial public health officer (CPPHO) are to monitor and report on the health status of Manitobans, strengthen the province's ability to respond to public health threats, reduce health disparities and support government in improving the overall health of Manitobans. Prior to becoming chief, Roussin served as medical officer of health for the federal First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, on secondment from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. In addition to his work as CPPHO, Dr. Roussin is an assistant professor in the department of community health sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Dr. Roussin holds medical and law degrees from the University of Manitoba and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

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Dr. Jazz Atwal

Deputy Chief Provincial Public Health OfficerDr. Jazz Atwal

Dr. Jazz Atwal, a specialist in public health and preventive medicine, serves as Manitoba's deputy chief provincial public health officer. In this role, Dr. Atwal works directly with and supports the chief provincial public health officer in his duties.

Dr. Atwal has experience as the director of care and treatment with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB). Since 2005, Dr. Atwal has served as the medical consultant for the Headingley Correctional Centre where he oversees the general medical services of inmates, provides on-call services to assist inmate care after hours and provides public health care related to infectious disease, immunizations, health promotion and health protection including COVID-19. In 2012, Dr. Atwal started services in the same role for the Women's Correctional Centre. Previously, Dr. Atwal served as a medical officer of health for the Prairie Mountain Health region and worked, for 12 years, as a general practitioner at the Assiniboine Clinic.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Dr. Atwal holds a medical degree, a master's degree in public health and a public health preventive medicine certificate all from the University of Manitoba.