Jennifer H. Han, MD, MSCE
SRN Chair

Dr. Jennifer Han is an Assistant Professor of Medicine of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and Fellow at the Institute of Aging, all at Penn. She holds an MSCE from Penn, and is also the Associate Healthcare Epidemiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Her research focuses on healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic use, and antibiotic-resistant organisms, with a specific focus on the post-acute care setting (e.g., long-term acute care hospitals, nursing homes). She is the recipient of several federally-funded grants, including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG).


Clare Rock, MD, MS
SRN Vice Chair

Dr. Clare Rock is an assistant professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Faculty Member at Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her research interests include environmental transmission, with particular interest in CRE outbreak management, and the transmission and epidemiology of C. difficile. She also focuses on diagnostic stewardship, and the behavioral, cultural, and human factors aspects of implementation of initiatives to enhance appropriate use of diagnostic tests. Dr. Rock earned her MD at the University College Dublin School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, and her MS masters of clinical science of research at the University of Maryland, where she received the MS scholar award for epidemiology.








Marin Schweizer, PhD
SRN Review Committee Chair

Dr. Marin Schweizer is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and a core investigator at the Iowa City VA Health Care System Center for Innovation. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating evidence-based strategies to reduce the prevalence of and poor outcomes associated with healthcare-associated infections, including prevention and treatment of surgical site infections, and comparative effectiveness of medications to prevent and treat S. aureus bloodstream infections. She has expertise in study design, meta-analysis, and outcomes research.

 

The 100 unique healthcare institutions that make up the SHEA Research Network (SRN)  respond to 6-10 research projects every year. These projects are reviewed and approved by a panel of experts for their potential contributions to the knowledge base of healthcare epidemiology. 

SRN Elite institutions have the highest response rate (top 15 percent) and are recognized for their exemplary contributions to the SRN.

SRN Elite, US Members

Baltimore VA Medical Center
Boston Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Children's National Medical Center
Christiana Care Health System
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Eskenazi Health
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Intermountain Medical Center
IU Health Goshen
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Maine Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Florida
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
Miami Valley Hospital
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
NIH Clinical Center
Parkview Health
Saint Luke's North Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital
Stamford Health
University of Connecticut Health Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Vermont Medical Center
VA CT Healthcare System
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

SRN Elite, International Members

An Najah National University Hospital
BLK Super Specialty Hospital
Breach Candy Hospital Trust
Dar Al Fouad
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
Prince of Wales Hospital
Private Ankara Guven Hospital
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center

SRN Active, US Members

Altru Health System
Baystate Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bethesda North Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Denver Health
Duke Regional Hospital
Duke University Hospital
Emory University
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Hamilton Health Science
IDEG of NW Florida
Indiana University Adult Academic Health Center
Iowa City VA Medical Center
Jackson Health System
Keck Medicine of University of Southern California
Loyola University Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Hospital
McGuckin Methods International
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Michigan Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital
NHC Healthcare, Bristol
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network
Oregon Health and Science University
PeaceHealth
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Provincial Health Services Authority
Rhode Island Hospital
Sacred Heart Hospital
Saint Luke's Health System
San Francisco General Hospital
St. John Hospital & Medical Center
St. Joseph Hospital
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Joint Commission
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
UMass Memorial Medical Center
University of California Irvine Health
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of New Mexico Hospitals
University of Rochester Medical Center
University of Wisconsin Hospital
UPMC Presbyterian
Upstate University Hospital
UT Health Science Center San Antonio
VA Portland Health Care System
Vidant Medical Center
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
William S. Middleton VA Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine

SRN Active, International Members

Bhailal Amin General Hospital
FLENI
Gauhati Medical College and Hospital
Hadassah Medical Center 
Hospital Angeles Mocel
Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia
Pierre and Marie Curie University
Shuguang Hospital
St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences
Albert Einstein Hospital
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
An Najah National University Hospital
BLK Super Specialty Hospital
Dar Al Fouad
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol Univ
Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Gauhati Medical College and Hospital
Hashemite University
Hospital Angeles Mocel
Lagoon Hospital
Montreal Children's Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
North Cumbria University Hospital
Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University
Prince of Wales Hospital
Provincial Health Services Authority
St.John's National Academy of Health Sciences
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center
University Medical Center  St. Radboud
University of Navarra Clinic
FLENI
Lagos university Teaching Hospital
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre
Hadassah Medical Center
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research
Bhailal Amin General Hospital
THE NAIROBI HOSPITAL
University of Navarra Clinic

Click here to join the SHEA Research Network. New applicants to the SRN are added in June.

We notify SRN members of open projects by email. Click here to contact the SRN.

Epi Project and Research Scholar Awards 

2019 Epi Competition:
Molecular Epidemiology of Spinal Fusion Surgical Site Infection and Influence of Preoperative Patient Microbiome
(PI: Dustin Long, MD)

2018 Research Scholar Award:

Pilot Feasibility Project: Reporting Antibiotic Utilization and Duration of Therapy from the Inpatient to Outpatient Setting to Infectious Diseases Providers
(PI: Valeria Fabre)

2018 Epi Competition:
Antibiotic Overuse at Hospital Discharge
(PI: Valerie Vaughn)

2017 Epi Competition:
Identifying human risk factors for complications from central venous catheters for patients who are self-administering at-home IV antibiotics
(PI: Sara Keller)

2015 Epi Competition:
Variation in Practices to Clean and Disinfect Surfaces in SHEA Research Network Facilities
(PI: Sujan Reddy)

2014 Epi Competition:
Applying the Washington State Validation Protocol to Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Reporting Across a National Cohort
(PI: Jason Lempp)

2013 Epi Competition:
A Multicenter Longitudinal Study of Hospital-Onset Bacteremia: Time for a New Quality Outcome Measure?
Rock C1, Thom KA2, Harris AD2, Li S3, Morgan D2, Milstone AM4, Caffo B5, Joshi M6, Leekha S2.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Feb;37(2):143-8. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.261. Epub 2015 Oct 23.

2012 Epi Competition:
Variation in Definitions and Isolation Procedures for Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria: A Survey of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network
Marci Drees, MD, MS, Lisa Pineles, MA, Anthony D. Harris, MD, MPH, Daniel J. Morgan, MD, MS; Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 35, No. 4, Special Topic Issue: Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae and Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (April 2014), pp. 362-366

Completed Projects

SHEA Needs Assessment: Infection Prevention Training for Frontline Personnel
Prevention Course for HAI Knowledge and Control of HAIs (Prevention CHKC) Program Committee

Post-Procedural Antimicrobials
(PI: Daniel Livorsi)

Denominator Validation for NHSN Metrics
(PI: John O’Horo)

Perceptions of Data Management in Infection Prevention
(PI: Carlos Figueroa-Castro)

CLABSIs in Home Infusion Therapy
(PI: Sara Keller)

Assessing the composition and function of existing antimicrobial stewardship committees in the practice-based setting as compared to published guidelines
(PI: Matthew Weissenbach)

Antifungal Stewardship
(PI: Margaret Fitzpatrick)

SHEA Research Network Survey of FY2018
(PIs: Kathleen Choitos - SHEA Research Network Leadership Team)

Do Experts Understand Performance Measures? A Mixed-Methods Study of Infection Preventionists
Govindan S, Wallace B, Iwashyna TJ, Chopra V. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Jan;39(1):71-76. doi: 10.1017/ice.2017.243. Epub 2017 Dec 5. PubMed PMID: 29202884.

Hospital Epidemiologists’ and Infection Preventionists’ Opinions Regarding Hospital-Onset Bacteremia and Fungemia as a Potential Healthcare-associated Infection Metric
(PI: Clare Rock)

Use of diagnostic stewardship practices to improve urine culturing among SHEA Research Network hospitals
Sullivan KV, Morgan DJ, Leekha S. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Feb;40(2):228-231. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.325. Epub 2018 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 30522544.

Antibiotic Prescribing during End-of-Life Care
(PI: Rupak Datta)

Variability in the Application of Surveillance Definitions for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection across U.S. Hospitals
(PIs: Caitlin Adams Barker, Michael Calderwood, Miriam Dowling-Schmitt)
IDWeek Poster Abstract Session: Healthcare Epidemiology: HAI Surveillance, October 6, 2018

Documentation of MDRO and CDI status during transitions of care
(PIs: Jon Furuno, SHEA Research Committee)

Preventing hospital-acquired Legionnaires’ disease: A snapshot of clinical practices and water management approaches in US acute-care hospitals
Ehret, K., Chamberlain, A., Berkelman, R., & Fridkin, S. (2018). Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 39(12), 1470-1472. doi:10.1017/ice.2018.240

Visitor screening and staff sick leave policies in US hospitals
Chow, E., Smit, M., & Mermel, L. (2018). Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 39(8), 1006-1008. doi:10.1017/ice.2018.131

Infection prevention in the operating room anesthesia work area
Munoz-Price, L., Bowdle, A., Johnston, B., Bearman, G., Camins, B., Dellinger, E., . . . Birnbach, D. (2019). Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 40(1), 1-17. doi:10.1017/ice.2018.303

Do Experts Understand Performance Measures? A Mixed-Methods Study of Infection Preventionists 
Govindan S, Wallace B, Iwashyna TJ, Chopra V. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2018;39(1):71-76. doi:10.1017/ice.2017.243.

Duration of Contact Precautions for Acute-Care Settings
Banach DB, Bearman G, Barnden M, et al. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2018;39(2):127-144.

Outbreak Response and Incident Management: SHEA Guidance and Resources for Healthcare Epidemiologists in United States Acute-Care Hospitals
Banach DB, Johnston BL, Al-Zubeidi D, et al. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2017;38(12):1393-1419.

Implementation of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories: Results from the SHEA Research Network
Mehrotra P, Gupta K, Strymish J, Branch-Elliman, W. et al. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2017;38(4):496-498. doi:10.1017/ice.2016.309.

Survey on the Activities of the World Health Organization (WHO) against Antimicrobial Resistance
(PI: Ida Marie Nyhagen Vikan) 

NOSOFlu: Developing Healthcare-Associated Flu Definitions
(PI: Pr. Philippe Vanhems, MD)

Antimicrobial Stewardship in SRN Hospitals
(PI: Daniel Livorsi)
Survey

ERCP Endoscope Reprocessing Practices to Reduce the Risk of CRE Transmission
(PI: David Yassa)

The Expanding Role of the Hospital Epidemiologist in 2014: A Survey of the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Research Network
Daniel J. Morgan, Valerie M. Deloney, Allison Bartlett, Susan E. Boruchoff, Renato Camagros Couto, Michael Oji, Aruna Poojary, Gwen Rogers, Carol Sulis and Aaron M. Milstone

How to Study Quality Improvement Strategies
(PI: Susan Huang)

Reconsidering Contact Precautions for Endemic MRSA and VRE
D. Morgan, R. Murthy, L.S. Munoz-Price, M. Barnden, B. Camins, B.L. Johnston, Z. Rubin, K. Sullivan, A. Shane, E.P. Dellinger, M. Rupp, G. Bearman

Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks
Rekha Murthy, Gonzalo Bearman, Sherrill Brown, Kristina Bryant, Raymond Chinn, Angela Hewlett, B. Glenn George, Ellie J.C. Goldstein, Galit Holzmann-Pazgal, Mark E. Rupp, Timothy Wiemken, J. Scott Weese and David J. Weber, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, CJO 2015 doi:10.1017/ice.2015.15

Survey of Hospital Practices Regarding Use of Chlorhexidine Gluconate Bathing for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections
(PI: Emily Shuman)

Survey of infection prevention informatics use and practitioner satisfaction in US hospitals
Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Wright MO, Lin MY, Pineles L, Harris AD; SHEA Research Network. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jul;35(7):891-3. Epub 2014 May 15  

SHEA Expert Guidance on Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings
Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH; Kristina Bryant, MD; Surbhi Leekha, MBBS, MPH; Jeanmarie Mayer, MD; L. Silvia Munoz-Price, MD; Rekha Murthy, MD; Tara Palmore, MD; Mark E. Rupp, MD; Joshua White, MD, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 35, No. 2 (February 2014), pp. 107-121

Universal Glove and Gown Use and Acquisition of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the ICUA: Randomized Trial
Anthony D. Harris; Lisa Pineles; Beverly Belton; J. Kristie Johnson; Michelle Shardell; Mark Loeb; Robin Newhouse; Louise Dembry; Barbara Braun; Eli N. Perencevich; Kendall K. Hall; Daniel J. Morgan; and the Benefits of Universal Glove and Gown (BUGG) Investigators
JAMA. 2013;310(15):1571-1580. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277815

Public Reporting of Hospital Acquired Infections is Not Associated with Improved Processes or Outcomes
(PI: Darren Linkin, ICHE)
Survey

Pediatric Antimicrobial Susceptibility Trends across the United States
Pranita D. Tamma, MD, MHS, Gwen L. Robinson, MPH, Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, Jason G. Newland, MD, Chloe M. DeLisle, Theoklis E. Zaoutis, MD, MSCE, Aaron M. Milstone, MDMHS; Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 34, No. 12 (December 2013), pp. 1244-1251

Does Nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Catheter-Associated UTIs Lead to Overtesting and Increased Antimicrobial Prescribing?
Morgan DJ, Meddings J, Saint S, Lautenbach E, Shardell M, Anderson D, Milstone AM, Drees M, Pineles L, Safdar N, Bowling J, Henderson D, Yokoe D, Harris AD

Surveillance of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Keller SC, Linkin DR, Fishman NO, Lautenbach E
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Jul;34(7):678-86. doi: 10.1086/670999. Epub 2013 May 21

Variable Screening and Decolonization Protocols for Staphylococcus aureus Carriage before Surgery
Kline S, Pham T, Perl T
ID Week 2012, Poster Abstract: Surgical Site Infections, October 20, 2012

The SHEA Research Network (SRN) is a consortium of over 100 hospitals collaborating on multi-center research projects of interest to the SHEA membership to identify important gaps in the healthcare epidemiology science base and address them by contributing data and expertise. 

All hospitals with a dedicated site PI are able to join the SRN and participate in future projects. Approval of proposed research projects is determined by the SRN Review Committee upon submission of a concept form.

Engaging the Network

Investigators interested in engaging the SRN for a study should review and complete the online Study Proposal Concept Form and submit it to SRN@shea-online.org.

Proposals funded by an external source or those seeking funding from an external source will be reviewed for project significance and alignment with the mission and capabilities of the SRN. For unfunded proposals, consideration will also be given to the burden on participating sites. If the research proposal aligns with the mission and capabilities of the SRN, the concept sheet alone may be sufficient and will be approved by the SRN Application Review Committee. Review of proposals will not commence until all materials are received.

Join the SRN

Submit a Proposal

Apply for a Letter of Support

SRN Leadership Team

 

Fee Structure

  • Federally funded grants (excluding training or career development grants): $2,000
  • Corporate funded grants: $5,000
  • Fees cover review and solicitation of members; they do not cover administrative support and data management.
  • Proposals that require additional resources (e.g. Adelphi process with multiple rounds of surveying) will be assessed an additional fee to cover administration of the proposal. The amount will be determined following review of the proposal.
  • Proposals that are not accepted will not be charged.
  • Fees will not be assessed for unfunded research projects (i.e. conducted with no visible means of support).

Examples of High-Priority Topics (1)

HAI:
  • Evaluate HAI prevention across the spectrum of healthcare especially non-acute care settings;
  • Evaluate approaches for dissemination and implementation of HAI prevention methods;
  • Evaluate role of electronic monitoring tools in managing hand hygiene compliance.
Device-associated infections (DAI, including CLABSI, CAUTI, VAE):
  • Examine the epidemiology of DAI in non-ICU settings;
  • Test novel technology and strategies for DAI prevention such as impregnated devices and maintenance bundles;
  • Examine the reliability and validity of surveillance definitions in different patient populations and their impact on outcomes and practices.
SSI:
  • Compare various postoperative wound care strategies for reducing SSIs;
  • Assess the impact of an operating room checklist on SSI rates;
  • Evaluate patient-specific risk factor modification (such as smoking cessation) strategies for reducing SSIs.
MDROs and Clostridium difficile:
  • Assess transmission dynamics and novel interventions to prevent transmission in acute and non-acute care settings;
  • Evaluate the role of the environment and the impact of environmental disinfection on transmission;
  • Examine the role of laboratory technology to identify MDROs and guide infection prevention measures.
Employee health:
  • Identify approaches to improve influenza and other vaccinations in healthcare personnel (HCP) in settings where mandatory vaccination is not feasible;
  • Evaluate practices to prevent needlestick injuries and other bloodborne pathogen exposures in HCP and explore methods for post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of HIV, HCV, and HBV;
  • Assess the role of HCP in transmitting organisms including MDROs to patients.
Respiratory viruses:
  • Evaluate the effects of barrier precautions on respiratory virus transmission;
  • Assess the acceptability of N-95 masks for prevention of respiratory virus transmission;
  • Evaluate the role of novel diagnostics in preventing nosocomial respiratory viruses and identifying emerging respiratory viruses.
Antimicrobial stewardship:
  • Evaluate the impact of antimicrobial stewardship programs on emergence of resistance, patient outcomes, and cost;
  • Explore the benefits of alternative methods for antimicrobial stewardship such as post-prescription review;
  • Assess the use of performance metrics for antimicrobial stewardship.
Environment:
  • Compare available touchless cleaning technologies for efficacy and acceptability;
  • Assess favored methods for surveillance of environmental cleaning;
  • Assess the role of hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionists in changing policy related to environmental cleaning

(1) The evolving landscape of healthcare-associated infections: recent advances in prevention and a road map for research. Safdar N, Anderson DJ, Braun BI, Carling P, Cohen S, Donskey C, Drees M, Harris A, Henderson DK, Huang SS, Juthani-Mehta M, Lautenbach E, Linkin DR, Meddings J, Miller LG, Milstone A, Morgan D, Sengupta S, Varman M, Yokoe D, Zerr DM; Research Committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 May;35(5):480-93.