BC Ministry of Healthy Living & Sport
Communicable Disease, Mental Health and Substance Use Branch
Director, Blood Borne Pathogens
4th Floor - 1515 Blanshard St.
Canada V8V 3C8
BSN , University of British Columbia
MSN , University of British Columbia
Part time Family Nurse Practitioner student
Chair of the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses Standards and Competencies Committee
Alumni - National Canadian Research Training Program in Hepatitis C
My master’s degree built on my previous experience working with youth in the community and focused on the role of classroom education in the prevention of hepatitis C in youth. I am currently engaged in research that explores viral hepatitis transmission patterns and ways that prevention of hepatitis C in youth could be enhanced.
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Lightfoot, B., Panessa, C., and Hayden, S., et al. (2009). Gaining insite: Harm reduction in nursing practice. Canadian Nurse. Volume 105(4).
Panessa, C., Hill, W.D., Giles, E., et al. (2009). Genotype D amongst injection drug users with acute hepatitis B virus infection in British Columbia. J Viral Hepat. 16(1):64-73.
Paterson, L. B., & Panessa, C. (2008). Engagement as an ethical imperative in harm reduction involving at-risk youth. International Journal of Drug Policy, 19, 24-32.
I am currently working for the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport in The Population Health and Wellness Division as the Manager of Harm Reduction and Blood Borne Pathogens. My main focus is to support harm reduction and blood borne pathogens policy but I also participate in and support educational initiatives in these areas. In addition, over the last three years, I have taught Family Nurse Practitioner students at the School about Viral Hepatitis.