Dr. Jennifer Russell, BA, BSc, MD, CCFP
Dr. Jennifer Russell is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick. She is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. She served in the Canadian Forces for 10 years and has worked for Veterans Affairs, Addictions Services, The Noreen Richard Clinic, as well as for Horizon Health as a Hospitalist.
She has been with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the past six years and brings with her a passion for Prevention and Population Health. She is a member of CCMOH, PHNC, PSUH, and the Executive Management Committee at the NB Department of Health. She has been instrumental in educating stakeholders on substance use issues, hosting both the NB Opioid Summit 2017 and the NB Cannabis Symposium 2018.
Since the initial cases of COVID-19 appeared in Canada she has met several times a week with the other CMOH’s across the country for the Special Advisory Committee meetings on all the evolving evidence and guidance. She has been the Public Health spokesperson in the media since March and continues to update the public regularly. She is proud of the work provincially that has been done to flatten the curve and will continue to work with partners to manage COVID-19 with focus on mitigating negative impacts and unintended consequences at the population level and especially vulnerable populations.