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COVID-19 vaccines: Q&A with expert panel feat. Dr. Theresa Tam
Wednesday, May 26, 7-8 p.m. ET (please note evening time)
CNA is hosting a Q&A session on COVID-19 vaccines with a panel of experts, including Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and nursing experts Dr. Shannon MacDonald and Katharine Chilton. Nurses need accurate and consistent information that ensures they can meet their professional obligations and enhance their own safety. This webinar will provide an opportunity for nurses to be up to date on the emerging science and reliable evidence-informed information on COVID-19, including vaccinations. Nurses will be able to ask questions during the webinar about vaccinations, COVID-19 and what to expect moving forward during this pandemic.
Tim has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. He has a BScN from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management with Specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Tim’s nursing career has included direct care, clinical nursing unit management, health system executive, Chief Nurse Executive, and now health care consulting. Tim has worked in rural, urban, and academic organizations. Tim’s program responsibilities during his career have included all aspects of acute care and have also included outpatient mental health, home care, long term care, and public health. Tim is currently Senior Clinical Lead with HealthTech Consulting. Tim has been an accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada for 7 years, and has also been a board member of the United Nurses of Alberta, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, Canadian Nurses Association, and b ecame President of the Canadian Nurses Association in June of 2020.
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Theresa Tam was named Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer on June 26, 2017. She is a physician with expertise in immunization, infectious disease, emergency preparedness and global health security. Dr. Tam obtained her medical degree from the University of Nottingham in the U.K. She completed her paediatric residency at the University of Alberta and her fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has over 55 peer-reviewed journal publications in public health. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. Dr. Tam has held several senior leadership positions at the Public Health Agency of Canada, including as the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. During her 20 years in public health, she provided technical expertise and leadership on new ini tiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance, enhance immunization programs, strengthen health emergency management and laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. She has played a leadership role in Canada’s response to public health emergencies including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pandemic influenza H1N1 and Ebola. Dr. Tam has served as an international expert on a number of World Health Organization committees and has participated in multiple international missions related to SARS, pandemic influenza and polio eradication.
Dr. Shannon MacDonald
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Dr. Shannon MacDonald, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and an adjunct in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Her clinical background is in pediatric nursing, with research training in nursing, public health, and epidemiology. After her PhD, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Alberta Ministry of Health. Her research focuses on vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and safety, with an emphasis on supporting immunization best practice and policies. She has a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage in under-served populations. She leads an interdisciplinary research team that works with vaccine policy advisors, program administrators, and clinicians to address real-world questions to inform best practice and policy. She is currently working in partnership with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to inform national COVID-19 vaccine guidelines.
Vaccine Educator – Communicable Disease & Immunization Services, BCCDC
Katharine (Kathy) Chilton is the vaccine educator at the BC Centre for Disease Control in the Communicable Diseases and Immunization Services. Kathy’s nursing journey has crossed over many areas in both acute care and public health. Her passion is in providing support to nurses and other health care providers through education which has led to roles as a clinical nurse educator, communicable disease nurse coordinator, infection prevention and control practitioner and immunization education. Kathy recently worked with her team to complete a health care provider resource on immunization communication to address vaccine hesitancy. Kathy has been involved in providing provincial education resources for health care providers throughout the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine program in BC.
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