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
Hi IPAC BC members,
I am Jacqueline Hlagi President of IPAC BC.
I started in infection prevention and control in 2004 as an Infection Control Consultant covering the Riverview Hospital and the Forensic Psychiatric services that included the hospital and the regional clinics. In 2008 I moved from the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to Fraser Health (FH) as an Infection Control Practitioner covering the contracted residential care facilities. In 2012 the position changed to an Infection Prevention and Control Consultant expanding coverage to the community sites across FH.
I have a diploma of Psychiatric nursing from BCIT; a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University; I hold a Certificate of Infection Prevention and Control from UBC, and have a Masters in Public Health from the University of Roehampton.
I have been actively involved in IPAC since I began working in infection control and was involved on the executive since 2005 as secretary, president during 2011 and 2012, and membership director in 2016. Additionally, I am the chair of the IPAC Canada Membership Core Committee and have lead the Mentorship Program development and remain as a member of the Mentorship Committee.
Involvement in IPAC Canada has helped me gain experience, provided me with opportunities to link with national and international infection control professionals. I encourage all members to be actively involved in IPAC activates both locally and nationally.
I have two lovely daughters and will be the mother of the bride this coming October.
Along with the 2019 Executive, I look forward to seeing you or hearing you throughout the year.