APIC Announcements


5 Second Rule Episode #12 -Tell Them What Matters: Advocacy in Infection Prevention

There really are no excuses not to engage in advocacy. Associations like APIC make it easy for members to write their state and federal lawmakers by creating all sorts of scripted letters, and other tools. Sarah Smathers of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explains why telling your story to your elected officials helps them understand the problems you face and allows them to make a difference for you.


APIC Denounces Changes to COVID-19 Data Reporting

APIC is very concerned about the recent announcement that hospitals will no longer be reporting COVID-19 data to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and instead will be required to send data to the Department of Health and Human Services on a daily basis. This overnight shift creates a lack of trust in the data at a time when we need that trust more than ever. APIC semt a letter voicing these concerns to Vice President Mike Pence.


New Hospital COVID-19 Reporting Requirement

APIC has received information that states have been informed that, as of Wednesday, July 15, hospitals will no longer be reporting COVID-19 data to CDC/NHSN. Instead hospitals have been asked to send data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services on a daily basis.


5 Second Rule Show: Episode 10: “Advanced in Years Should Not Be Advanced with Tears: Infection Prevention and Control in Long Term Care”

It’s true, “getting old ain’t for wimps (especially during a global pandemic!)” Nursing home residents and healthcare workers who care for them in these facilities are the “biggest losers” in the fight against COVID-19. The elderly and those living with chronic illness are at most risk for severe illness and death. Learn about the challenges facing this care setting and the opportunities for better infection prevention and control for the future.


APIC CEO Katrina Crist steps down

Arlington, Va., April 15, 2020 — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced today that Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE, will be stepping down as CEO in July to relocate and join her husband already in the Western Mountain States. She plans to pursue new opportunities in the area.


AJIC Editor Pat Stone to Serve on Nursing Home Commission

AJIC editor Patricia Stone, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. The Commission will assess the response to COVID-19 within nursing homes and recommend efforts to safeguard this vulnerable population of Americans.


5 Second Rule Show: Episode 9: “Behind the 5 Second Rule”

The questionable concept of the “5 Second Rule” is one we have all grown up with. You drop a food item on the floor that you really-really wanted and as a grade-schooler you were very likely to get ready to pick it up and put it in your mouth. Meanwhile your Mom is shouting “noooooo” from across the room. In this episode, we dive into the history behind this “rule” and if it really holds up.


APIC President on the Public Health Impact of Racism

“The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) condemns all forms of racism. As the nation faces its worst health and economic crisis in generations, which disproportionately affects the Black community and all other communities of color, APIC joins our voice with others in speaking out against racism and the social injustices it creates.”