Finding Your Voice: Advocating for IPC

APIC 2019 Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 12 – 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 108B

As the amount of legislation and regulation governing the practice of IPC increases, it becomes more important for policymakers to hear from experts to help guide them and provide advice on evidence-based practices that lead to increased patient safety without overburdening providers. IPs have always advocated on behalf of their patients to ensure safety and prevent the spread of infection. As experts, we understand how to utilize scientific evidence to drive safe clinical practice. 

Policymakers and regulators are also focused on patient safety and need input from subject matter experts to best inform legislation and regulations. By relying on the skills we use in our everyday practice, such as influence and relationship building, IPs can guide policymakers to make thoughtful and educated decisions regarding IPC-related legislation. 

This session will use the APIC public policy agenda to build advocacy skills, and review the tools and resources currently available to APIC members. Participants will hear from members about their lobbying experiences and will engage in practice and role-playing experiences to prepare them to meet with legislators and their staff.

Participants will get tools and resources to promote IPC policies and learn how to integrate advocacy into their practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to describe the APIC Public Policy agenda and key advocacy issues to support preventing infection.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to demonstrate communicating with policymakers including scripts for phone calls and role playing meetings.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to define other means to support infection prevention policy initiatives and incorporate advocacy into your practice.