Public Health & Preventative Medicine - Medical Health Officer
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Kelowna

Kelowna is the Okanagan's largest and liveliest population centre and one of Canada's most popular vacation destinations; and this is your opportunity to call Kelowna home. With such a perfect lakeshore community, it is easy to believe that Kelowna is known to some as the Summer City. Fresh air, mountain landscapes and glistening water year round will entice you to explore this amazing community. If you enjoy outdoor adventures - sailing, house boating, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing - you may never want to leave Kelowna. Downtown Kelowna offers a spectacular landscape of lake, mountains and parks, with all the amenities of a major centre including a wide range of cafés, restaurants and patios to choose from as well as unique shops and boutiques, heritage buildings and modern architecture, art galleries and museums, music and live theatre, and even a symphony and ballet. Come and experience our four seasons playground and see why life is better here.

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Ideal work location is Kelowna but may be flexible within any community of the Interior Health region.

Come live, work, and play where others only vacation.

Located in southern British Columbia, the Southern Interior is one of the world's most beautiful places. Known for our amazing scenery and mild weather this region offers wonderful sites to see and exciting year round activities to do. A land of vineyards, warm crystal lakes, world class golf courses, high mountain peaks, amazing ski resorts, orchards, beautiful hills, green grasslands, and steep-walled canyons; we have everything you’re looking for.

Interior Health serves a large geographic area covering almost 215-thousand square kilometres and includes larger cities such as Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Penticton and Vernon, and a multitude of gorgeous rural and remote communities.

Exciting Opportunity

The Medical Health Officer (MHO) reports administratively and professionally to the Vice President Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer. Under statute, the MHO reports to the Provincial Medical Health Officer and the Interior Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC).

Responsibilities:

In accordance with established mission, vision and values of Interior Health (IH):

1. Performs the duties of a Medical Health Officer (MHO) as defined by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Standards of Practice for MHO’s in BC (2012)

2. Is responsible, under delegation or Order in Council to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, for the health of residents in BC’s Interior Health region as defined by BC Statute and/or Regulation including but not limited to the: Public Health Act and Regulations, Drinking Water Protection Act and Regulations, Continuing Care and Assisted Living Act and Regulations, Environmental Management Act and Regulations, etc.

3. Is a member of the IH Medical Staff under the IH Regional Department of Public Health, with credentials and privileges as defined by the IH Medical Staff By Laws and Rules, reporting to the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee through the Department Head and IH Chief Medical Health Officer

4. Within Interior Health, performs the duties of an MHO as defined by provincial legislation and the IH Chief Medical health Officer, including as a Public Health and Preventive Medicine consultant for physicians, Interior Health management and staff, and other community organizations or groups

5. Participates in the IH Medical Health Officer on-call roster according to the schedule defined by the Department Head and IH Chief Medical Health Officer

In addition to those duties outlined in the PHO Standards of Practice, an Interior Health Medical Health Officer will:

•perform non-statutory activities in alignment with: a) IH Strategy Map – Goals and Objectives (2017), b) annual Detailed Operational Action Plan, b) the BC Ministry of Health’s Guiding Framework for Public Health (2013), c) enabling strategies as outlined in Health Families BC Policy Framework (2014), and c) other IH and BC Ministry of Health strategic priority documents

• collaborate with internal stakeholders including: cross-portfolio IH Vice Presidents and Operational/Medical Directors, representing public health interests in the strategic planning, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of health authority operations

• engage and build partnerships with relevant external stakeholders including: members of the public, municipalities and regional health districts, elected and non-elected government officials, physicians and other health professionals, non-governmental health services agencies, and the media

• participate in relevant committees tasked with the formulation of public health policy at the regional, provincial, and national level on behalf of the health authority

• undertake both statutory and non-statutory activities in a manner that is sensitive to the political and social context from a local, regional, and provincial perspective

Qualifications:
    • Medical Degree with full licensure (or proven eligibility for same) in the Province of British Columbia
    • Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • Current BC Driver’s License for travel as required within and between our geographically distributed communities
    • Working knowledge of a provincial health care system
Call Schedule:
  • On call requirements: N/A
Compensation:
  • Estimated Gross Income
    • Competitive
  • Overhead
    • No overhead cost