APIC announces recipients of Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program

Washington, March 3, 2015 – The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the 2015-2016 recipients of the Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program. Two awards of up to $50,000 each were granted for a project period from January 1, 2015 to March 30, 2016.

The recipients are: Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (CIRI) at Columbia University School of Nursing, and JaHyun Kang, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, assistant professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. 

The Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program, introduced in 2011, is an extension of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award program, which recognizes APIC members and groups who have successfully reduced infection, raised awareness, and improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare personnel, and the public. 

Drs. Hessels and Kang will receive up to $50,000 to support research in implementation science, improve patient outcomes by championing for systemic adoption of infection prevention and control programs in healthcare settings, and highlight best practices in instituting this approach. Dr. Hessels’ proposal is titled, “Development, Psychometric and Pilot Testing of Standard Precautions Safety Climate and Observation Tools,” and Dr. Kang’s proposal is titled, “Use of Personal Protective Equipment: Ensuring Safety (UPPEES) Study.”

“We are pleased to be able to support research that will promote greater adoption of evidence-based best practices,” said Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, APIC 2015 president. “We believe these programs have enormous potential to improve patient outcomes.” 

Applications were evaluated based on the proposed project’s potential to advance implementation science, an APIC strategic priority. Additionally, the strength of the proposed methodology and the proposal’s ability to bridge infection prevention efforts across clinical disciplines toward helping to advance the infection preventionist role were taken into consideration. 

Implementation science has been defined as research that creates new knowledge about how best to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives.

The 2015-2016 Heroes Implementation Research Scholar awards were made possible with support from an unrestricted education grant from BD, a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner.


About APIC
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: http://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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