Epidemiologist, Community Antimicrobial Stewardship
BC Centre for Disease Control
In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Reporting to the Director of Research, the Epidemiologist is responsible for provincial surveillance of antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance, provincial communicable disease control, and disease surveillance. The Epidemiologist monitors trends and manages surveillance in antibiotic utilization and antimicrobial resistance, compiles, analyzes and interprets data, provides consultation based on expert knowledge to a broad range of stakeholders including regional health authorities, other provincial and national partners, and health professionals. The Epidemiologist disseminates critical information through electronic bulletins, prepared reports, presentations and media communications. Accuracy and completeness of information as well as sound judgment are essential to ensuring decisions are made to guard public safety. Errors or miscalculations could result in significant health and societal costs and human suffering and loss of corporate credibility. What you'll do
What you bring
- Develop and maintain surveillance initiatives, including performing functions such as getting an accurate reporting case definition, defining additional information required beyond that for routine reporting, and making sure the information gets to critical stakeholders.
- Ensure timely and effective communication of reports by continuous improvement of surveillance systems, holding a constant focus on turn-around times from various sources, and alerting all stakeholders and those who need the information to respond appropriately to threats. Prepare background material and media releases and respond as delegated to media inquiries and interview requests.
- Critically analyze antibiotic utilization, antimicrobial resistance and communicable disease data utilizing comprehensive multi-layered understanding of epidemiology, public health and direct and indirect health care and societal impacts by identifying and responding to deviations from expected reporting patterns and clusters of disease/hazards, preparing, or collaborating in the preparation of reports, identifying and providing supporting rationale for appropriate interventions.
- Provide consultation services to regional health authorities, other provincial partners, national partners, special interest groups, health care professionals, and the public including responding to inquiries, identifying and making recommendations for addressing risk factors, developing education materials and making presentations. Liaise with public health, acute care, and other partners in these activities.
- Evaluate existing programs and research relevant to antibiotic utilization and antimicrobial resistance and the prevention and control of communicable diseases by conducting literature reviews, designing and implementing studies, collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports. Design appropriate studies for investigating outbreaks, unusual clusters, or environmental hazards; prepare questionnaires; and analyze outbreak data and recommend appropriate interventions. Contribute to applied public health research and ensure new understanding and knowledge is shared by publishing findings in recognized/peer-reviewed scientific journals or presentations at professional conferences.
- Assist with budget preparation, briefing note development, and justification of program expenditures; represent Public Health Response, Community Antimicrobial Steward program and BCCDC on various internal and external working groups, including national and provincial committees; partner with other agencies to ensure multi-disciplinary input and collaboration in development of public health initiatives; and provide input to the development of policies and provincial guidelines. Participate in strategic decision-making, program and policy development related to program area.
- Contribute eighty percent of activities toward program specific goals and twenty percent on centre-wide initiatives. Collaborate and provide coverage across program areas. Participate in quality improvement activities (including imPROVE) and ensure compliance with accreditation standards.
- Provide mentorship and work direction to surveillance analysts, field epidemiologists and supervise students including community medicine residents and others; oversee specific projects and provides input into performance evaluations.
- A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters in Epidemiology or Public Health (MSc or MPH or MHSc).
- Minimum of 2 years experience in the field of public health.
- Clinical skills and experience in nursing or infection control and/or experience as a communicable disease epidemiologist or federal field epidemiologist considered an asset.
Skills and Knowledge
What we bring
- Design, implement, and conduct studies, their interpretation, written reporting and publication.
- Secure grant funding in support of research initiatives.
- Perform statistical analysis skills, including disease mapping and analysis and recognition of disease clustering.
- Use a variety of statistical software tools.
- Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
- Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
- As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).
Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
- Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
- Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
- Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
- Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.
Regular, Full Time Salary Range:
$80,935 - $116,344 /year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate's relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles. Location:
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4 Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday, 08:00-16:00/08:30-16:30 Requisition Number #
140996 As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021. What we do
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC.
The BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.
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PHSA and the BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments' unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey-one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate. ATTN: PHSA Employees:
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