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Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee - Member Recruitment

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Committee

Member Recruitment

Application deadline for 2016 membership consideration: Friday, December 18, 2015

The California Department of Public Health is seeking applications for membership to the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Committee (Committee). This is an opportunity for individuals with a variety of expertise and experience to participate in an active process to prevent healthcare-associated infections and improve the quality of healthcare for all Californians. The Committee includes representation from discrete categories as delineated in Health and Safety Code Section 1288.5(b). Three members are selected from each category.   The CDPH HAI Advisory Committee needs to fill vacant positions and replace members whose terms are coming to an end in 2015.  Member terms will be for four years (2016-2019).

·         Local health department officials (1 vacant position): Local department of public health professionals including but not limited to health officers, communicable disease prevention professionals, public health nurses, and epidemiologists.

·         Healthcare infection control professionals (1 vacant position): Infection Preventionists (infection control practitioners), including but not limited to nurses, epidemiologists, and microbiologists, currently or in the past working in the field of infection surveillance, prevention, and control.

·         Physicians (1 vacant position): Physicians with expertise in infectious disease and hospital epidemiology

·         Healthcare providers (1 vacant position): Individuals who provide direct care to hospitalized patients, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, infectious disease pharmacists, therapists.

·         Hospital administration professionals (2 vacant positions): Managers of hospitals, hospital departments, or hospital systems, including but not limited to chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, chief medical officer, and chief nursing officer

·         Integrated healthcare systems experts or representatives (1 vacant position): Individuals with expertise in or representatives of an integrated healthcare system that delivers, manages, and organizes comprehensive healthcare services as a means of improving access, quality, user satisfaction, and efficiency. 

·         Health care consumers (1 vacant position): Individual consumers who are not affiliated with any health care provider nor regulatory entity. 

Committee meetings are held quarterly in State Buildings, alternating between Sacramento and Alameda Counties.  Members are reimbursed for their travel expenses in accordance with Health & Safety Code 1288.5 (c)   

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Karen Smith, MD, MPH, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer. Questions about the process can be sent directly to   Jorge.Palacios@cdph.ca.gov.

For additional information, please download the  Recruitment Letter, the  CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee By-laws  and the  Application.
What is the purpose of the HAI Advisory Committee?

The purpose of the HAI Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to CDPH on the prevention, surveillance, and public reporting of healthcare-associated infections. Since the inception of the CDPH HAI Program in December 2009, the HAI Advisory Committee meets four or more times per year in state buildings located in Sacramento and Alameda Counties. For information about the Committee's current and past activities, please visit us at the CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee Page.   

Who can be a member?

The CDPH HAI Advisory Committee needs to fill vacant positions and replace members whose terms are coming to an end in 2015 from the following categories:

 Positions Available, 2016


 Health Care Consumers
 Healthcare Infection Control Professionals
 Healthcare Providers 
 Hospital Administrations Professionals
 Integrated Healthcare System Representatives
 Local Health Department Officials
Physicians with Expertise in Infection Disease and Epidemiology

Why become a member?

As a CDPH HAI Advisory Committee member, you will be on the frontline, discussing pivotal information and making recommendations to CDPH on topics related to the prevention, surveillance and public reporting of infections that occur as a result of healthcare. As a Committee member, you may be asked to participate and/or lead subcommittees for developing evidence and tools to support Committee decisions and recommendations to CDPH.

How do I apply?

All interested individuals should submit an application package and/or any inquiries to Jorge Palacios (Jorge.Palacios@cdph.ca.gov). Applications should be addressed to Dr. Karen Smith, MD, MPH, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public health Officer. 

Applications received by December 18, 2015, will be reviewed by the Director for appointments to begin in 2016. 

Note: All HAI Advisory Committee members serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for travel-related expenses in accordance with Health & Safety Code 1288.5 (c) 

Email applications and inquiries should be addressed to: Jorge.Palacios@cdph.ca.gov or

Mail to CDPH HAI Program - 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA 94804 Attention: Jorge Palacios

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