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Apply to become a member of the California Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Committee.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking applications for membership to the HAI Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals with a variety of expertise and experience to participate in an active process to improve the quality of healthcare for Californians by making recommendations to CDPH on the prevention, surveillance, and reporting of HAI.  Member terms are four years. The Committee includes representation from discrete categories as described in Health and Safety Code Section 1288.5(b).  

  • Local health department officials: 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: 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:  Physicians with expertise in infectious disease and hospital epidemiology.         

  • Healthcare providers: Individuals who provide care to hospitalized patients, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, infectious disease pharmacists, therapists and health care quality.          

  • Hospital administration professionals: 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: 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: Individual consumers who are not affiliated with any health care provider nor regulatory entity. 

Committee meetings are held quarterly in State buildings. HAI Advisory Committee members serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with Health & Safety Code 1288.5 (c).  We also encourage you to explore the CDPH HAI Program website to review the scope of the HAI prevention activities. For more information, please download and review the CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee By-laws.

If interested, please download the application packet (PDF). Send questions to Valerie.Sandles@cdph.ca.gov. All applications will be considered.   

Email applications and inquiries to Valerie.Sandles@cdph.ca.gov   

Mail applications to CDPH HAI Program, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building E, Richmond, CA 94804, Attention: Valerie Sandles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the HAI Advisory Committee?

The purpose of the HAI Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to CDPH on HAI prevention, surveillance, and reporting. For information about the Committee's activities, please visit the CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee Page.

Why become a member?

As a CDPH HAI Advisory Committee member, you will be 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. You may be asked to participate or lead subcommittees for developing evidence and tools to support Committee decisions and recommendations to CDPH.

Are members paid for their time?

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

How do I apply?

Interested individuals should submit an application package and any inquiries to Valerie Sandles (Valerie.Sandles@cdph.ca.gov). Applications should be addressed to Chelsea Driscoll.  Applications for 2022 appointments will be reviewed beginning on December 15, 2021. 

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