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The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services.
The BCCDC is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.

Dr. Réka Gustafson, Vice President, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health Officer

Dr. Gustafson leads the integration of population and public health promotion, planning and prevention across PHSA’s clinical programs. In addition, she provides leadership to the BC Centre for Disease Control. As Deputy Provincial Health Officer, she is responsible for the delegated functions, duties and activities carried out under the Public Health Act.

Réka completed her Master of Science, Master of Health Science and MD degrees at the University of British Columbia. She holds a fellowship in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and certification in Family Medicine. Before her current position, she practiced public health as a Medical Health Officer in Vancouver Coastal Health for over fifteen years.  

Noorjean Hassam, Chief Operating & Professional Practice Officer

Noorjean is an optimistic leader accountable for advancing strategic goals and ensuring operational excellence at the BCCDC. She also leads collaborative and inter-professional practice and is committed to decolonization and equity in her work.

She holds a Masters in Health Administration and Business from the University of British Columbia, and has a background in ethics and nursing. She is an executive health care leader with over 24 years of experience, from both Canada and the United States. Noorjean has been with the Provincial Health Services Authority since 2003 in a number of leadership roles including Regional Director at BC Cancer and Director of Risk Management and Quality. She is currently the Chief Operating and Professional Practice Officer at the BCCDC.

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