SHEA is an active leader and collaborator in shaping public policy for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the spread of antibiotic resistance through antibiotic stewardship. SHEA’s advocacy educates regulators, accrediting bodies, legislators, the media, stakeholder partners, and the general public about how investments in research and public health prevention efforts are key components to improving the quality of healthcare delivery.


Why We Advocate

·         Raise awareness of SHEA members' subject matter expertise in preventing HAIs and implementing antibiotic stewardship programs

·         Collaborate with key stakeholders to amplify advocacy for improving surveillance, infection programs, emerging pathogen preparedness, and judicious antibiotic use

·         Proactively respond to the needs of policymakers in the creation of rational and evidence-based policies and public  health reporting requirements

·         Mobilize SHEA advocates through valuable and effective advocacy campaigns

·         Support SHEA members in recognition of their value and advocacy for resources 


The Policy Resource Center

SHEA advocates on behalf of healthcare epidemiologists, antibiotic stewards, infection preventionists, and research investigators for policies that improve healthcare delivery quality by incentivizing best practices that reduce the prevalence of infections and antibiotic resistance. Our priority issues include emerging legislation, federal budget and appropriations, federal regulations and interpretive guidance, and quality metrics and standards of healthcare provider accreditation organizations.


Action Center

SHEA coordinates campaigns for advocates to contact their members of Congress about important legislative issues and federal funding priorities. SHEA mobilizes advocates to support federal investments in public health prevention programs and research in best practices for delivering quality healthcare.


Advocate Training and Resources (Members Only)

SHEA offers a suite of educational and training resources available exclusively to SHEA members. Member advocates new to grassroots advocacy or experienced grassroots advocates have access to guidance to hone their skills.