A mom kissing her paby on the cheek

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) offers resources, workshops, and clinics to help you and those in your family enjoy healthy lives. It also offers specific resources to help teachers promote healthy living and create healthy learning environments in our classrooms.

Resources are also available to help organizations provide health education in the workplace. This can reduce health costs, improve morale, and increase productivity at work. This service is offered in partnership with the Chatham-Kent Public Library.

This page covers:

  • Physical Activity
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy & Parenting
  • Sexual Health 

More information can be found at the CKPHU Blog site.

Physical Activity

CKPHU works towards building a healthy Chatham-Kent by encouraging physical activity. It supports and develops resources, activities and events to increase opportunities for physical activity in the community.

Use the directory on the right to find fitness and recreational opportunities in Chatham-Kent.

The following Chatham-Kent Recreation links will connect you to:

Immunizations

A patient wearing a purple shirt receiving an immunization in the armAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunizations (also known as vaccines or shots) save three million lives each year, worldwide. They save lives, prevent illness and contribute to a healthy community.

In Ontario, mandatory immunizations are given to children against Diphtheria, Tetanus (lockjaw), Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. If your child fails to receive one of these immunizations at the appointed time, your child will not be allowed to attend school until the vaccination has been administered.

Vaccinations against the following diseases are available in Ontario, free of charge, but are not required for school attendance:

  • Pertussis (Whooping Chough)

  • Hepatitis B

  • Influenza

  • Varicella

  • Meningococcal disease-group C

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Haemophilus Influenzae B (HIB) – recommended for younger children

  • Pneumococcal disease – recommended for younger children

By law, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (Public Health) is required to keep immunization records and exemption documents of all students attending school or in daycare facilities. To report immunization information to Public Health, use this online tool. For more support, contact the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit directly (contact information on the right).

Pregnancy and Parenting

CKPHU promotes healthy pregnancy and parenting in a number of ways. Some of their programs include:

  • Prenatal classes (In-classes and e-Learning)
  • Building Healthy Babies – Prenatal Nutrition Program
  • Baby Weigh-in and Child Development Clinics
  • 1234 Parents – Workshop series on raising children from 1 one 4-years-old
  • FASD Support Group

Sexual Health

CKPHU offers sexual health services and programs to promote excellent sexual health, including clinics. Clinics are located at four locations across Chatham-Kent. Each provide a confidential, relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere.

Services offered include HIV Testing, Pregnancy Testing, STI Testing and counselling. Clinics may also provide low cost birth control.

Other Sexual Health Resources