Dr. Chris Mackie is the Medical Officer of Health and CEO for the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) and is an Assistant Professor, Part Time at McMaster University. Before coming to London, Dr. Mackie was Associate Medical Officer Health for the City of Hamilton for four years. He also worked as a Public Health Physician with Public Health Ontario. Dr. Mackie has published peer-reviewed papers and abstracts on a number of public health related issues, including vaccination policy, emergency planning, environmental health and child and youth mental health. He is particularly passionate about ensuring that public health programs address both health and health equity, aligning with public and stakeholder values in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of public health organizations, and supporting the development of evidence-informed public policy, particularly to address the major gaps in support for early childhood development.
Having just completed his first six months as MOH and CEO, Dr. Mackie has introduced a new budget reallocation process that, with the support of the entire management team, shifted over $1 million out of lower impact areas to invest in high-impact areas of core public health work. This included identifying efficiencies, curbing program spending in order to maximize human resources, and improving administrative processes in to allow investment in frontline prevention and health promotion.
In the coming years, Dr. Mackie will focus on renewing the strategic plan for MLHU to ensure that the organization maximizes impact on health and health equity, supporting the development of a comprehensive harm-reduction strategy to mitigate the effects of substance abuse, and innovating in health promotion, particularly in the areas of mental health, healthy eating and physical activity.