PICNet staff at IPAC-Canada ConferenceJun16

All PICNet staff will be away from the office June 19-23.

For any urgent infection control issues, you can contact Linda Hoang, PICNet Co-Medical Lead, at Linda.Hoang@bccdc.ca.
Any media-related enquiries should be directed to the PHSA Media Pager at 778-867-7472.

Bruce and Guanghong will be back in the office on June 26, and Joanne, Helen, and Romi on June 27.


BCPSQC Quality Awards: Nominate People and Projects That Made Health Care Better!May15

Did your project improve how health care is delivered? Orr do you know somebody whose contributions to quality of care deserve recognition?

Nominations are now being accepted for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s 2018 Quality Awards.

Categories celebrate projects within the four areas of care, as well as four inspiring people.

The deadline to submit nominations is June 30, 2017. Judging criteria and nomination forms are available at www.bcpsqc.ca/quality-awards.


  • Staying Healthy – A project that better prevented injury, illness or disability.
  • Getting Better – A project that improved care for acute illness or injury.
  • Living with Illness – A project that improved care and support for chronic illness and/or injury.
  • Coping with End of Life – A project that improved planning, care or support for life-limiting illness and bereavement.
  • Leadership in Quality – An individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in improving the quality of care.
  • Everyday Champion Award – Someone who shows a passion and commitment for improving quality of care, even though they may not work in a leadership position or a role that specifies participation in improvement actThe judging panel will select the candidates who best exemplify the award’s criteria and the winner will be selected through online voting open to everyone in BC.
  • Quality Culture Trailblazer – Someone who created an environment where passionate staff are empowered and encouraged to innovate, and where teamwork and open communication are the norm.
  • Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice – A patient, caregiver or family member who made an outstanding contribution to advancing the patient voice in BC’s health care system. The nominee will have assumed a leadership role and will have contributed in any number of meaningful ways, such as inspiring patients and health care organizations to collaborate in pursuit of better health care.


Winners will be awarded a $2,500 sponsorship to support and disseminate learning from their projects or to support ongoing learning and development, and will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Health Talks on February 21, 2018. Winners will also receive complimentary registration for the Quality Forum on February 22 & 23, 2018, and winners of the four project-based awards will be invited to present at the Forum.

You can help celebrate and spread great work that improved our health system – submit your nomination by June 30, 2017 at www.bcpsqc.ca/quality-awards! Contact awards@bcpsqc.ca or 604.668.8210 with questions.

You can also download a printable poster here.



CIPHI Conference: Call for AbstractsMay11


Do you have ideas to share about current and emerging environmental public health issues?  An innovative way to safeguard public health? Submit your abstract today and connect with environmental public health professionals from all across Canada!

Share your educational content on topics related to:

  • Air Quality
  • Built Environment
  • Communicable Disease & Infection Control
  • Drinking Water
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Food Safety
  • Indigenous Populations
  • Personal Services
  • Pest Management
  • Recreational Water

Download the abstract submission form (PDF). Deadline for abstract submission: June 9, 2017

About the Conference

November 5 – 8, 2017 | Richmond, BC, Canada

The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) – BC Branch and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will jointly host the 83rd CIPHI Annual Education Conference on November 5 – 8, 2017 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC, Canada. This education conference will focus on current and emerging environmental public health issues and explore innovative ways to safeguard public health.

Visit the CIPHI conference webpage for more information.