HAI Advisory Committee

Help needed filling board vacancies

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recruiting two new members for the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory (HAI) Committee. Currently, the committee is requesting applicants for two positions: a representative from an urban hospital and a representative from a rural hospital. Applicants for representative from an urban hospital must be employed by, or affiliated with, an urban hospital in Colorado. Applicants for representative from a rural hospital must be employed by, or affiliated with, a rural hospital in Colorado. These positions will be appointed by the Executive Director of CDPHE for a term of three years.

The HAI Advisory Committee was established under Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 25-3-602 to provide oversight to CDPHE for the collection and public reporting of data on HAI rates from health facilities. The committee may also advise CDPHE on other HAI-related activities. 

 

The application is due September 17, 2021.

Mission statement

The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to provide oversight and guidance to the Department for the collection, analysis, and publication of HAI data from health facilities according to C.R.S. 25-3-601-607. The Advisory Committee may advise the HAI&AR program on other issues as needed.

Membership information

Advisory Committee members are citizen volunteers that participate in a committee that is a public body. There are 11 members appointed by the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. These include: 

  • One representative from a rural hospital;
  • One representative from an urban hospital;
  • One board-certified or board-eligible physician licensed in the state of Colorado who is affiliated with a Colorado hospital or medical school, who is an active member of a national organization specializing in healthcare epidemiology or infection control;
  • Four infection control practitioners as follows;
    • One from a stand-alone ambulatory surgical center,
    • One from a long-term care setting,
    • One health care professional certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., or its successor,
    • One other health care professional,
  • One representative from a health consumer organization;
  • One representative from a health insurer;
  • One representative from a purchaser of health insurance;
  • Either one medical statistician with an advanced degree in such specialty or a clinical microbiologist with an advanced degree in such specialty.

A list of current members can be found here: 2021 member list.

Meeting structure and schedule

The committee typically meets eight to ten times each year on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at CDPHE in Denver. Call-in information is available. During the COVID-19 response, meetings are being held using telephone and video conferencing. All meetings are open for the public to attend and comment. Please contact Lynda Saignaphone at Lynda.saignaphone@state.co.us for call-in information. 

The 2021 meeting schedule can be found here: meeting schedule. 

Agendas will be posted on the website 24 hours prior to the meeting: meeting agendas

Meeting minutes

Minutes for meetings held during the past 4 years can be found here: meeting minutes.

Advisory Committee Bylaws

Advisory Committee Bylaws can be found here: advisory committee bylaws.

Contact

Lynda Saignaphone
303-692-2923
lynda.saignaphone@state.co.us