APIC announces recipients of Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program

APIC announces recipients of Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program
Creating bridges between infection prevention and other disciplines

Arlington, VA, February 13, 2017 The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the 2017-2018 recipients of the Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program. Two $40,000 awards were granted for a 15-month project period (January 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018.)

The recipients are: Eileen Carter, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Columbia University; and Misha Huang, MD, Attending Health Services Research Fellow at the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation, Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

“The Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program helps to expand our understanding of the systems and processes that are necessary to improve care and prevent infections,” said 2017 APIC president Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC. “We are honored to support the work of two highly qualified individuals whose research has great potential to improve patient outcomes and strengthen multidisciplinary infection prevention strategies.”

Drs. Carter and Huang will receive up to $40,000 each to support research in implementation science. Implementation science focuses on research that creates new knowledge about how best to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Carter’s proposal is titled, “Exploring the Nurse’s Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship: a Multisite Qualitative Study.” Dr. Huang’s proposal is titled, “Barriers and Facilitators of Procalcitonin Implementation to Guide Antibiotic Use.”

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. The Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program aims to improve patient outcomes and highlight best practices by championing systemic adoption of infection prevention and control programs in healthcare settings.

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.

The 2017-2018 Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Awards were made possible with support from an unrestricted education grant from BD, a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner.


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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