IPAC British Columbia (IPAC BC)
Welcome to IPAC BC: A chapter of IPAC Canada since 1987!
Our Chapter has 195 members and covers all of British Columbia including Vancouver island. Of the IPAC BC members there is Infection Prevention and Control representation from all 6 health authorities including Providence Health Care, Industry Representation, the Good Samaritan Society, and Yale town House Society. There is representation from Acute Care, Residential Care and Mental Health and Substance Use programs. There is representation from Epidemiology, Medical Microbiologists and Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health. Our chapter was known as BCPIC until 2005 when we changed to CHICA BC, then to IPAC BC in 2014.
The goal of the chapter is to enhance the quality of health care by providing a forum for education and the exchange of information on communicable diseases, the control and prevention of infection in the patient/client/resident, the health care worker and the public at large.
To learn more about our chapter and its members, click here to see our 2016 3M Chapter Achievement Award submission.
- Provide formal educational opportunities for chapter members, enabling an increase of knowledge and expertise in Infection Prevention and Control.
- Provide assistance and support to chapter members through the free exchange in ideas, information and expertise.
- Promote and facilitate a positive working relationship between chapter members and all allied health care professionals, including their representative professional organizations, in order that IPAC BC members may be seen as the primary resource persons in the field of Infection Control.
- Participate in the growth and strengthening of IPAC Canada by providing liaison persons and chapter input for committee deliberations and tasks
My name is Lauren Kim and I am the IPAC BC President for 2021.
I am a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Victoria. I completed Queen’s University Infection Prevention & Control Online Course and obtained Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) from Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) in 2015.
After experiencing SARS at the bedside I became interested in the world of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and I joined Fraser Health Authority’s IPAC program in July 2007. After working as an Infection Control Practitioner at Surrey Memorial Hospital for eight years dealing with H1N1 and Ebola preparedness, I joined Vancouver Coast Health’s IPAC team in 2015. Then from December 2018 until August of 2019 I was the Interim Director for IPAC at Vancouver Coastal Health.
As the IPAC BC president I hope to facilitate communication and collaboration amongst IPAC Canada and BC members during this challenging time and to increase the profile of Infection Control Practitioners.
As we anticipate our post pandemic future, my husband and I look forward to continuing travels around the world and adding to the breath taking memories of hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, gazing at the animals on an African safari in Tanzania, floating on a hot air balloon over Valley of the Kings in Egypt and glamping under the starry skies in the Sahara Desert!
IPAC BC President 2021