Announcing the Speaker Line Up for “Back to the Future” Event on February 9

Written by Communications, January 3, 2019

Back to the Future Event

Discover Local Public Health’s History and Future – Tickets on Sale Now!

Speakers from across Ontario will be on hand Saturday, February 9 to present the fascinating story of local public health for the “Back to the Future” event organized by the Peterborough Historical Society and Peterborough Public Health.

“We really want to show residents how public health shapes our lives every day, where it started 130 years ago, and how a population health approach can help address some of the biggest issues we face today in our community,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “With speakers representing various expertise, such as infectious diseases, Indigenous medicine, local history, nursing and the contributions of rural Women’s Institutes, we believe this event will leave participants better informed and inspired about what can happen when communities work together to improve health for all.”

Presentations will cover a unique mix of topics, such as polio and local vaccination programs, diabetes among Indigenous populations, milk pasteurization, public health nursing, drinking water protection and the history of sanitation efforts, and many others. The keynote speaker will be Professor Kenton Kroker, Department of Science and Technology Studies, at York University who will present “Inventing a Public for Ontario’s Public Health: 1882-85”. Other speakers include Indigenous elders, university professors, and public health leaders from across Ontario who will tell the fascinating story of local public health and what’s next for this exciting field.  The full conference program is attached and available online here.

Tickets purchased before February 1, 2019 are $55 each or $35 for students, and include lunch, break refreshments and access to all presentations. To register online, click here or visit and search for “Back to the Future”. To register by phone at a reduced rate, please call 705-743-1000, ext. 264.

On February 18, 1889, a by-law was passed to create the first permanent Board of Health by the Town of Peterborough.  Since that time, public health professionals together with community partners have implemented an impressive number of programs, services and infrastructure projects that have fundamentally improved the quality of life for local residents. On January 22, 1965, an agreement was signed between the County of Peterborough and the City of Peterborough to establish a joint Board of Health and organization. For more historical background, please visit


For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence, Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391