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What We Do

We investigate and evaluate the occurrence of communicable diseases in BC.

​The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is the provincial reporting centre for reportable cases and categories of communicable diseases. 

Mandate

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention, consultation and provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with diseases of public health significance.

Our unique integrated structure, one that combines service delivery, policy advice and research, contributes greatly to our ability to identify and respond to emerging public health threats. 

Our mandate: Working together to protect health, prevent harm, prepare for threats.

We believe that there are no boundaries to what we can do to better the health of British Columbians.  Each team member dedicates energy, expertise and passion to the prevention, detection and cure of disease.  We lead through research, innovation and action. 

BCCDC is dedicated to embedding a culture of quality and safety into all aspects of its’ programs.  We work closely with partner health authorities, health professions and other stakeholders to continually improve Patient Safety & Quality of services.

Partners

Partnerships are integral to BCCDC's programs and services. The Centre has close ties with clinical, education, research, and other communicable disease-related institutions in British Columbia, Canada and internationally. 

Key partners include: 
Committees

The BC Centre for Disease Control participates in two provincial disease and health policy committees.

BC Communicable Disease Policy Advisory Committee

The BC Centre for Disease Control participates in and provides secretariat support for the BC Communicable Disease Policy Advisory Committee.

The committee is composed of representatives from the five regional Health Authorities (Medical Health Officers and Public Health Nursing Representatives), First Nations Health Authority, and the Ministry of Health (Health Protection Directors). The committee is chaired by the Provincial Health Officer and reports through the PHO to the Deputy Minister of Health.

The committee mandate is to:

  • Establish priorities for communicable disease control in BC based on best available scientific evidence and recommendations of national and international expert groups
  • Provide recommendations on the development of provincial communicable disease control policies and guidelines
  • Provide recommendations on the prioritization of communicable disease control programs
  • Provide leadership on the development of cost-benefit analyses for new and existing communicable disease control programs.
Several subcommittees report to the Communicable Disease Policy Committee, including:

  • Pandemic Influenza Management Committee
  • BC Immunization Committee
  • Vectorborne Disease Working Group
  • BC Enteric Policy Working Group
  • Harm Reduction Working Group
  • Human Papilloma Virus Working Group
  • Evironmental Health Working Group
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections/ Bloodborne Infections Working Group
  • Panorama Implementation Committee
  • Communicable Diseases Scientific Subcommittee

BC Environmental Health Policy Advisory Committee

The BC Centre for Disease Control participates in and provides secretarial support for the BC Environmental Health Policy Advisory Committee. 

The committee is composed of up to two representatives from the five Regional Health Authorities and the First Nations Health Authority (Chief Medical Health Officers and Regional Directors/Managers of Health Protection); the Ministry of Health (Executive Director of Health Protection and supporting directors); the Provincial Health Officer. Other members will be invited to the meetings as required from: other service lines of the BC Centre for Disease Control; Provincial Health Services Authority (Laboratories, Population and Public Health); BC Ministry of Environment;  the Federal government (Environment Canada, Health Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), and others. The committee reports to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer. 

The committee mandate is to: 

  • Recommend priorities for environmental health in BC based on best available scientific evidence and recommendations of national and international expert groups
  • Provide recommendations on the development of provincial environmental health policies and guidelines. 
  • Provide recommendations on the prioritization of environmental health programs. 
  • Develop cost-benefit analyses for new and existing programs.
  • Provide co-ordination of BC environmental health policy work among stakeholders.
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