Appendix D: Evaluation of the surveillance function at the Public Health Agency of Canada – Governance framework for the 2013–2016 surveillance strategic plan

Appendix D. Governance framework for the 2013-2016 Surveillance Strategic Plan

Figure 2 highlights the elements of the surveillance governance structure as described in the Public Health Agency’s 2013-2016 Surveillance Strategic Plan. It reflects the alignment of the surveillance governance structure with Tiers 1, 2 and 3 of the Public Health Agency’s governance committee structure introduced in July 2012. The framework also includes ongoing engagement with the Public Health Agency’s Evaluation Committee (Tier 1) and the Risk Management Oversight Committee (Tier 2) as appropriate.

Figure 2: 2013-2016 Surveillance Strategic Plan governance structure

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Figure 2 highlights the elements of the surveillance governance structure as described in the Public Health Agency’s 2013-2016 Surveillance Strategic Plan. It reflects the alignment of the surveillance governance structure with PHAC Executive Committee and Science, Policy and Management Committee. The Chief Health Surveillance Officer is the focal point for the implementation of the Surveillance Strategic Plan. The Chief Health Surveillance Officer reports to the Director General of the Office of Public Health Practice, is supported by the Surveillance Coordination Unit and chairs Surveillance Integration Team. Chief Health Surveillance Officer is also member in the Science, Policy & Management Committee to which reports and seeks guidance.

Chief Public Health Officer and Associate Deputy Minister receive guidance from and provide functional advice to the Chief Health Surveillance Officer for the design, development and delivery of the implementation activities of the Surveillance Strategic Plan.

The governance structure includes the following key elements:

  • The Chief Health Surveillance Officer is responsible for the oversight, monitoring and evaluation of the Surveillance Strategic Plan on behalf of the Public Health Agency.
  • The Surveillance Coordination Unit supports the Chief Health Surveillance Officer and is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the implementation activities of the Surveillance Strategic Plan through collaboration with working groups such as the Subject Matter Expert Reference Group, and the National Surveillance Infrastructure Task Group, under the federal/provincial/territorial Public Health Infrastructure Steering Committee.
  • A Surveillance Integration Team, chaired by the Chief Health Surveillance Officer, is the focal point for technical and strategic discussions about surveillance issues within the Public Health Agency. The Surveillance Integration Team also provides functional advice and support for the implementation of the Surveillance Strategic Plan.
  • The Chief Health Surveillance Officer is a member of the Science, Policy and Management Committee and reports on the achievements and progress of the Surveillance Strategic Plan, and seeks senior management advice, guidance and endorsement as needed.
  • The Chief Health Surveillance Officer briefs executive management on the Surveillance Strategic Plan and on Public Health Agency-wide surveillance issues and seeks guidance and corporate approvals as needed.
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