APIC announces recipient of Graduate Student Award for infection prevention

Arlington, Va., March 9, 2017 – The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced the recipient of the APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA). An award of $5,000 was provided for a one-year period (January-December 2017).

The recipient, Mary Jo Knobloch, MPH, received her degree from the University of Wisconsin (UW), School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences, where she is pursuing her PhD. She is a research health scientist at the UW School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease, and the Williams S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Knobloch’s project topic is titled, “Leadership Rounds to Reduce Healthcare-associated Infections: A Case Study Approach.” Her award will be formally presented at APIC’s Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon on June 16.

“We are excited to be able to award this grant for a second year,” said APIC President Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC. “The award supports APIC’s patient safety mission and commitment to promoting research for infection prevention.”

Application evaluations were based on implementation science, demonstrating its value, and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

Consistent with the indicators of success for implementation science included in APIC Strategic Plan 2020, it is expected that the recipient of the AGSA will present their findings at the APIC Annual Conference and/or prepare a manuscript for submission to the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).

APIC 2017 Annual Conference, June 14-16 in Portland, Oregon, is one of the most comprehensive infection prevention conferences in the world, with more than 90 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs and make healthcare safer. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #APIC2017.

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou

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