If you have any questions about this policy proposal, please send an email to grassroots@shea-online.org.

Background

In modern healthcare, patients are often treated for conditions using invasive devices and procedures.  Infections associated with these devices and treatment can arise. Among the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), Surgical Site Infections (SSIs), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

Because of this, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Action Plan to Prevent Health-Care Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination. The action plan is a national strategy for preventing HAIs in acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, end-stage renal disease facilities, and long-term care facilities, and for implementing antibiotic stewardship efforts as a means of HAI prevention.

The federal government has created programs for the purpose of preventing the spread of HAIs:


Why is this important?

Federal investments in research to discover interventions and best practices for preventing HAIs are critical to improving the quality of healthcare in the United States. This research helps healthcare clinicians understand how infections are transmitted to patients from other patients or healthcare personnel during the delivery of care. Researchers discover which interventions or changes in practice are effective in reducing or eliminating the transmission of infections. The Department of Health and Human Services made a commitment to reducing HAIs in National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections. Reducing the prevalence of preventable infections will decrease costs in the healthcare system and improve patient outcomes.


Where does SHEA stand?

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) advocates strongly for federal investments in research for preventing HAIs. SHEA encourages Congress to appropriate funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality including

  • A minimum of $40.2 million dedicated research in preventing HAIs within the patient safety portfolio;
  • A minimum of $52.9 million for investigator-initiated research;
  • A minimum of $12 million for combating antibiotic resistance.

SHEA also believes the important work of the Prevention Epicenters must continue to be funded at a level that provides for a minimum of $6 million per year. SHEA strongly advocates for CDC funding to allow for new grants at the conclusion of the current grant cycle for Prevention Epicenters. 


What will SHEA do next?

SHEA will maintain a sustained advocacy campaign in support of investments in preventing healthcare-associated infections. SHEA advocates are encouraged to connect with their elected representatives and encourage them to support this important research and vote for sustained funding to protect Americans.


How can I get involved?

SHEA understands and appreciates your desire to stay informed and to get directly involved in SHEA’s next steps. To receive regular updates and to receive instructions on how to get involved, join SHEA’s Grassroots Network grassroots@shea-online.org.

To become involved on social media, use the hashtag #HAIs or #StopHAIs.


Resources 

 

 

IDWeek Awards SHEA Spring Scholarship Judene Bartley Policy in Practice Scholarship NEW
"Race Against Resistance" Education Scholarships
Applications Open - Est. January - May September - November June - November TBD, Opening in Feb
Who Can Apply SHEA members in various career stages Fellows, IPs new to infection prevention, PhD looking to research in Epi Any APIC or SHEA member interested in policy SHEA members, includes members-in-training, pharmacists, and those just entering stewardship

Current Open Awards can be applied for here.

Jonathan Freeman Scholarship

The Jonathan Freeman Scholarship was established by SHEA to promote the training of outstanding infectious disease fellows who demonstrate interest in the field of healthcare epidemiology. The society established the scholarship in the memory of Jonathan Freeman, MD, MPH, a teacher and researcher in field of healthcare epidemiology dedicated to improving the delivery of healthcare through the prevention of nosocomial infections. Dr. Freeman was a founding faculty member who for a decade taught the epidemiology and statistics track of the course. Awardees of the Jonathan Freeman Scholarship will receive the amount of $500 each to defray the expenses of attending the program. In addition to the $500 amount, each scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration for the SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology at SHEA Spring 2017 Conference: Science Guiding Prevention.

To apply, please submit the an application along with:

  • CV
  • A letter of no more than one page describing why you would like to have additional training in healthcare epidemiology and your career goals.
  • A letter from your program director confirming your status of a “Fellow in good standing” at the time the meeting will occur (March 2017).
  • A letter from a mentor outlining your qualifications (if your program director is also your mentor, only one letter is required).

Gina Pugliese Scholarship

The Gina Pugliese Scholarship was established by SHEA to promote the training of a non-physician infection preventionist (IP) who has shown outstanding interest and leadership in the field or works in a resource limited setting. SHEA established this scholarship in honor of Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, a prominent IP and leader in the field of healthcare epidemiology. Ms. Pugliese was a founding faculty member of the SHEA/CDC Training Course and co-chair for fifteen years. Awardees of the Gina Pugliese Scholarship will receive the amount of a $500 grant to defray the expenses of attending the program. In addition to the $500 amount, each scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration for the SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology at SHEA Spring 2017 Conference: Science Guiding Prevention.

To apply, please submit the an application along with:

  • CV
  • A letter of no more than one page describing why you would like to have additional training in healthcare epidemiology and your career goals.
  • A letter from your supervisor or a colleague in the field, outlining your qualifications and leadership skills.

Bill Rutala Scholarship

The Bill Rutala Scholarship was established by SHEA to promote the training of a non-physician interested in the research of healthcare-associated infections. SHEA established this scholarship in honor of William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD a prominent SHEA leader the field of healthcare epidemiology research. Dr. Rutala was the SHEA Lectureship awardee in 2012 and has worked tirelessly researching areas such as disinfection, sterilization, cross-infection, healthcare-associated infections, outbreaks, antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Awardees of the Bill Rutala Scholarship will receive the amount of a $500 grant to defray the expenses of attending the program. In addition to the $500 amount, each scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration for the SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology at SHEA Spring 2017 Conference: Science Guiding Prevention.

To apply, please submit the an application along with:

  • CV
  • A letter of no more than one page describing why you would like to have additional training in healthcare epidemiology and your career goals.
  • A letter from your supervisor or a colleague in the field, outlining your qualifications and research skills.