PIDAC-Immunization applies the best available evidence to provide recommendations to PHO on vaccine-related issues in Ontario and to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (through PHO) on the best way to provide and deliver vaccine in publicly funded programs.
Carolyn Pim has been associate medical officer of health at Ottawa Public Health since 2012, serving as a consultant to communicable disease, immunization, and environmental health programs. Prior to her appointment, she had worked for the past 20 years in public health at the local (Calgary), provincial (Alberta and B.C.), territorial (NWT) and federal levels in epidemiology, communicable disease control, immunization, health promotion and cancer screening. She has also worked in various capacities with underserved populations including refugees, First Nations, Inuit, and children in rural Uganda.
As a result of her experience in several jurisdictions, Pim has worked within different models of immunization service delivery. She has served as a site investigator for clinical vaccine trials and co-chaired the national Pandemic Vaccine Task Group during the 2009–10 influenza pandemic.
Pim received her doctor of medicine from the University of Calgary, was certified in Family Medicine with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and has a fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Vinita Dubey has been an associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health since 2006. She currently works with the Vaccine Preventable Disease program. She also practices emergency medicine at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville.
Susan McKenna is a clinical lead (Quality And Safety) pharmacist specializing in antimicrobial stewardship (AS) and infectious diseases (ID) at Kingston General Hospital (KGH). McKenna is currently a member of the KGH AS and Infection Prevention and Control Committees.
McKenna served on the Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee for several years as drug utilization management pharmacist, and provided clinical pharmacy services within the areas of neurology/neurosurgery, psychiatry, anaesthesia and internal medicine before focusing on ID. She has been mentored for several years by the medical consultants in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University in which she holds an appointment as Adjunct Faculty–Lecturer. She participates in microbiology, patient care rounds and journal club and co-ordinates the development of therapy guidelines to optimize the prescribing of antimicrobial therapy. McKenna formally precepts pharmacy residents and students in the areas of AS and ID and provides informal instruction to medical residents during their Infectious Diseases rotations.
McKenna is particularly interested in the process of immunization and in working to reduce perceived or actual barriers to effective and timely vaccination. In her hospital-based role, she has been involved in programs to systematically identify and seize vaccine opportunities such as those within the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program and the HIV Clinic, and in patients admitted with suspected community-acquired pneumonia or during the influenza season. She aims to promote safe vaccine storage, unambiguous prescribing, optimal administration and accurate documentation in all practice settings.
McKenna is a Kingston native, graduating from Queen’s University with a bachelor of science honours degree in biochemistry before proceeding to attend the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy. She became licensed with the Ontario College of Pharmacists in 1989 and practiced in a retail setting for one year before joining the staff at KGH. Although a full-time hospital pharmacist for 24 years, McKenna has maintained her touch with community-based pharmacy through occasional locum placements. She is a Board-certified Pharmacotherapeutic Specialist in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and has earned her Injection and Immunization Certification from the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association.
Jeffrey Pernica is a paediatric infectious disease physician at McMaster Children’s Hospital and an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. His research interests centre on optimizing the diagnosis and management of respiratory and enteric infections in children both living in Canada and in resource-limited settings, with a focus on epidemiology and clinical trials.
Monali Varia is the manager of Infection Prevention & Surveillance with Peel Public Health whose area of responsibility includes communicable disease surveillance, vaccine management and infection control.
She has a masters degree in health sciences (epidemiology) from the University of Toronto and also holds a certification in infection control.