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 SRN is comprised of over 100 active participating institutions dedicating time and energy to advance the knowledge base of healthcare epidemiology. SRN Elite member institutions have the highest response rate (top 15 percent) of SRN member institutions and are recognized for their exemplary contributions to the mission of the SRN.

SRN Elite, US Members

Baltimore VA Medical Center
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's National Medical Center
Christiana Care Health System
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Maine Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Florida
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary’s Campus
Oregon Health & Science University
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Rhode Island Hospital
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Saint Luke's North Hospital - Barry Road
Seattle Children's Hospital
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
St. Joseph Hospital
Stamford Hospital
Stanford University Medical Center
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Joint Commission
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
University of Chicago - Childrens
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Health System
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

SRN Elite, International Members

Ankara Guven Hospital
Breach Candy Hospital Trust
Lyon University Hospital, Edouard Herriot Hospital
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital

SRN Active, US Members

All Children's Hospital
Altru Health System
Baystate Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bethesda North Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Children's Hospital of Boston
Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinic
Craig Hospital
Denver Health Medical Center
DePaul Health Center
Duke University Hospital
East Carolina University
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Fletcher Allen Health Care
Iowa City VA Medical Center
IU Health Goshen Hospital
Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Medical University of South Carolina
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Miami Valley Hospital
New York-Presbyterian
NIH Clinical Center
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network
Northwestern University School of Law, University of Illinois
Ohio State University Hospital East
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Passavant Area Hospital
Peterson Regional Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center
Sacred Heart Health System
San Francisco General Hospital
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Suburban Hospital
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UNC Health Care
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Michigan Health System
University of New Mexico
University of Rochester Medical Center
University of Wisconsin Hospital
UPMC Mercy
William S. Middleton VA Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital
UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Carney Hospital
Geisinger Medical Center
Vidant Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eskenazi Health
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor
St. John Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
University of Minnesota Medical Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Duke Regional Hospital
Summit Health
Hamilton Health Sceinces
Bronson Methodist Hospital

SRN Active, International Members

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
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

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.

2018-2019 Projects

  • Post-Procedural Antimicrobials (PI: Daniel Livorsi)
  • Denominator Validation for NHSN (PI: John O’Horo)
  • Perceptions of Data Management in Infection Prevention (PI: Carlos Figueroa-Castro)
  • Antifungal Stewardship Strategies (PI: Meg Fitzpatrick)
  • CLABSIs in Home Infusion Therapy (PI: Sara Keller)

Epi Project and Research Scholar Awards 

2018 Research Scholar Award Winner:

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 Winner:
Antibiotic Overuse at Hospital Discharge
(PI: Valerie Vaughn)

2017 Epi Competition Winner:
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 Winner:
Variation in Practices to Clean and Disinfect Surfaces in SHEA Research Network Facilities
(PI: Sujan Reddy)

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

2013 Epi Competition Winner:
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 Winner:
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

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

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

Variables in CLABSI Reporting Using NHSN
(PI: Adams-Barker)

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

Water Management Plans and Policies in US Acute Care Hospitals
(PIs: Alison Chamberlain, Scott Fridkin)

Hospital Sick Visitor and Staff Policies in US Hospitals
(PIs: Eric Chow, Michael Smit, Leonard Mermel)

Infection Prevention in the Anesthesia Work Area
(SHEA Guidelines Committee)

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)

Knowledge Sharing in Infection Prevention
(PI: Rami Sommerstein)

Hand Hygiene Irritation
(PI: Maryanne McGuckin)

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

Antimicrobial Stewardship in SRN Hospitals
(PI: Daniel Livorsi)

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)

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

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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.