Dr. Plourde is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medical Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. He is also a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. At the WRHA is Medical Director of Travel Health and Tropical Medicine Services, Medical Director of Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction Services, and Medical Director of Integrated Tuberculosis Services.
Dr. Plourde's academic interests are focussed on global health community development initiatives in Haiti. He is the past Chair of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) and also sits as a member of the Board of Directors of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) and is the Chair of HPIC’s Medical Subcommittee. His interests in international health have led him to several countries including Cuba, Kenya, Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and India. Since 2004, Dr. Plourde’s international community development interests have focused on Haiti where he travels annually at the invitation of a low-income community located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince to focus on supporting a primary school and nutrition program for children as well as providing support to local primary care providers. He is also developing a partnership with a large teaching hospital in rural Haiti, to assist with capacity building in the hospital’s central pharmacy and microbiology laboratory.
Dr. Plourde is the recipient of several teaching awards from the University of Manitoba and was the first recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Western Canada Region) in 2000. In 2010, he received the Dr. Jack Armstrong Humanitarian Award from Doctors Manitoba.