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Four Part Virtual Series

Over the next four weeks, APIC is offering a 4-part series designed to help you – mind, body, and soul. Carve out an hour each Monday evening at 7 pm ET in the weeks leading up to IIPW to learn from experts and share with your fellow IPs. From storytelling to yoga, this is your safe space to connect with APIC members around this ever-evolving global pandemic. You can attend one or all of these events.

This is an exclusive APIC Member Benefit.

Monday, September 28 @ 7 PM ET – Part 1 – An IP Panel: Lessons from the Frontline

No one understands what IPs are going through better than other IPs. Join this panel of APIC members who will share their successes, their challenges, and their tips for helping themselves and their teams navigate this new normal. You are not in this alone. We want to ensure you continue to learn from and share your stories with one another. After the panel discussion, you will have an opportunity to break into small groups to discuss takeaways with other APIC members.

Monday, October 5 @ 7PM ET – Move Your Body with APIC hosted by Amy Walter

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious? Fortunately, there is yoga, which is proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. The best part? You don’t need any prior experience to benefit from the practice. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. You will benefit from learning how to slow down your practice and really get into the breath work and healing aspects of yoga. This 60-minute session is for all levels and will be moving meditation to integrate the mind, body and breath

 

Monday, October 12 @ 7 PM ET – Dip Into Bliss meditation with Donna D’Cruz

The busyness and stress of our lives has led us to forget that we are human beings, not human doings and the current pandemic has exacerbated this. We have become disconnected from our own essential nature, our highest Self, our Spirit. It’s time to reconnect to our essential nature and take the Dip Into Bliss. This is a beginner’s journey to Stillness, Peace and Happiness. It is a simple, effective and highly curated combination of music, guided meditations, visualizations and affirmations with strong focus on breath work and present moment awareness (Mindfulness). Please Join Donna D’Cruz in this powerful session to help learn how you help reduce stress and anxiety during this time.

Monday, October 19 @ 7 PM ET – Bouncing-Back From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be with Lauren Baptiste

Though none of us could have anticipated the effects of COVID-19, as Infection Preventionists, we face the added challenge of being at the front-lines of others’ well-being while maintaining our own. If these past 7 months have taken a toll on your physical and mental health, now is the time to reclaim your destiny. While we’re still flattening the curve in communities across the country, now is the time to plan and actualize your comeback!

As leaders at work, at home and in the community, the world needs you now more than ever. By taking-back control of your well-being as you emerge from this global pandemic, you will continue to be of greatest service to others and yourself.

The webinar from Acheloa Wellness will leverage the prior tools offered in Sessions 1-3, but provide additional unique techniques and mindset prompts to inspire resilience. This will help you take back the reins of this moment. Together we’ll explore ideas and exercises that will have you thinking differently as you cultivate and actualize an action plan forward.  As a result of participating, you will walk away feeling motivated to shift your life in a way that brings more health, joy, and meaning.

 

 

Part 1 – Lessons from the Frontline: An IP Panel

Monday, September 28 @ 7 PM ET

No one understands what IPs are going through better than other IPs. Join this panel of APIC members who will share their successes, their challenges, and their tips for helping themselves and their teams navigate this new normal. You are not in this alone. We want to ensure you continue to learn from and share your stories with one another. After the panel discussion, you will have an opportunity to break into small groups to discuss takeaways with other APIC members.

Host: Erica Washington, MPH, CPH, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC

Healthcare-associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance Program Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Health
New Orleans, Louisiana

Ms. Washington is currently the Program Coordinator for Healthcare-associated Infections and antibiotic Resistance at the Louisiana Department of Health in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is working to create a comprehensive approach to infection control and antibiotic stewardship across the provider spectrum by creating the HAI/AR Program.

In her career, Ms. Washington has enjoyed several professional achievements including being recognized as a 2013 White House Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health. Additionally, she served as a Superbugs Ambassador for Pew Charitable Trusts’ annual antibiotic resistance advocacy event in both 2018 and 2019. Ms. Washington joined the Informatics Training- in-Place Program Fellowship (a joint effort by CDC, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and National Association of City and County Health Officials) from 2016-2017.

Ms. Washington earned her Master of Public Health Degree from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.  She became Certified in Infection Control in 2015 and has also earned the Fellow of APIC designation.

Sara Townsend (Panelist), MS-HQS, CIC

Infection Prevention Supervisor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

In her role at CHOP, Sara manages a large pediatric network of primary care practices, specialty care centers and surgical centers as well as the inpatient ORs and procedural areas on the main campus.  Her team works with the many stakeholders at these locations to build partnerships, provide subject matter expertise, and envision strategies which ultimately have led to the ability to provide a reliable infection prevention program to their site and teams. Sara holds a master’s degree in quality and safety in healthcare as well as degrees in both secondary English education and respiratory therapy. Her special interests in infection prevention are many, and  her current passions include, building a successful infection prevention in ambulatory and procedural areas, medical device IFUs and their impact on the infection preventionist’s work, operationalizing standard precautions across all care settings and sharing how infection prevention strategies will keep you safe.

 

Heather L. Bernard, DNP, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Heather l. Bernard holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus in infection prevention and environmental safety obtained from Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Bernard is currently employed as the COVID-19 Corps Infection Prevention and Control Specialist at NYSDOH for the CDC Foundation and has 17 years of experience in the field.

Dr. Bernard joined APIC’s national Professional Development Committee in 2016 and is currently the committee chair.  She has been an active member of the committee, promoting professional development and diffusion of the APIC Competency Model. In 2017, Dr. Bernard was named a Fellow of the APIC and is a national and local infection prevention leader, a past president of the local APIC Chapter 118, and was a member of APIC’s Competency Model Revision task force in 2018 and 2019.

Lisa Sturm, (panelist)MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Sr. Director-Infection Prevention, Quality Clinical & Network Services, Ascension, St. Louis, MO

Lisa Sturm has been in the field of Infection Prevention for 27 years, is Certified in Infection Prevention and is a Fellow of APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control).  She is currently Vice-Chair of APIC’s Public Policy Committee and Legislative co-chair for APIC Great Lakes.   She has worked as an IP in various capacities over the years, including small community hospitals and large academic medical centers.  Most recently she serves as Senior Director of Infection Prevention for Ascension, a non-profit faith-based health system that has 150 hospitals, over 2500 ambulatory sites and 50 nursing homes in 21 states and the District of Columbia.   There are approximately 165 IPs at Ascension that form a very tight knit group called the IP Community.

 

 

Part 2 – Move Your Body with APIC with Amy Walter

Monday, October 5 @ 7PM ET

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious? Fortunately, there is yoga, which is proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. The best part? You don’t need any prior experience to benefit from the practice. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. You will benefit from learning how to slow down your practice and really get into the breath work and healing aspects of yoga. This 60-minute session is for all levels and will be moving meditation to integrate the mind, body and breath.
The following props could be useful:  yoga mat, Blocks (or firm pillows or rolled up towel), the nearest wall and/or a sturdy table, desk or counter.

Amy Walter

Amy teaches fun, challenging and thought provoking classes. She asks you start right where you are, use honest self-inquiry and listen to your own inner guidance to determine your next best step. Her goal is to help you learn how to better understand and effectively use your mind and body to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.

You can learn more about Amy at www.vinyasacasa.com

Part 3 – Dip Into Bliss meditation with Donna D’Cruz

Monday, October 12 @ 7 PM ET

A beginners journey to Stillness, Peace and Happiness. Join Donna D’Cruz in this powerful session to help reduce stress and anxiety during this time.

Donna D’Cruz

Born in India and raised in Australia, Donna produced music with the native peoples of Australia and learned about their “dreamtime.” She went on to found Rasa Music, a woman-owned record company that released world music and produced the music of Deepak Chopra and other recordings for meditation. She travels the world as a Celebrity DJ and leads people to ecstatic, profound experiences as they celebrate the biggest moments in their lives. Donna has been teaching and guiding meditations with music for years. She combined her love of music with her passion for awakening consciousness. Named the “Rockstar Teacher of Meditation” by Well+Good, Donna presents her signature “Dip into Bliss” experience globally and as part of PTTOW, Worldz Summit and weekly for 9 years at Phoenix House, America’s oldest Drug and Alcohol Recovery Institution and is now the lead Meditation facilitator at Education Alliance. Donna has recently launched “Sleep Beditations: A Modern Sleep Solution” to serve the 33% (at least) of Americans who, according to CDC have a sleep dysfunction. Her latest release, “Anxiety (Letting Go) Meditation is a potent salve for our global pandemic.

Learn more about Donna here: https://www.donnadcruz.com/

 

Part 4 – Redefining This Moment: Bouncing-Back From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be with Lauren Baptiste

Monday, October 19 @ 7 PM ET

Though none of us could have anticipated the effects of COVID-19, as Infection Preventionists, we face the added challenge of being at the front-lines of others’ well-being while maintaining our own. If these past 7 months have taken a toll on your physical and mental health, now is the time to reclaim your destiny. While we’re still flattening the curve in communities across the country, now is the time to plan and actualize your comeback!

As leaders at work, at home and in the community, the world needs you now more than ever. By taking-back control of your well-being as you emerge from this global pandemic, you will continue to be of greatest service to others and yourself.

The webinar from Acheloa Wellness will leverage the prior tools offered in Sessions 1-3, but provide additional unique techniques and mindset prompts to inspire resilience. This will help you take back the reins of this moment. Together we’ll explore ideas and exercises that will have you thinking differently as you cultivate and actualize an action plan forward.  As a result of participating, you will walk away feeling motivated to shift your life in a way that brings more health, joy, and meaning.

Lauren Baptiste

Lauren Baptiste is an executive wellness coach, international speaker and corporate well-being consultant. After working 10+ years at a Big Four accounting firm and personally experiencing the effects of burnout, Lauren launched Acheloa Wellness, a wellness coaching firm that empowers women leaders and organizations to break-through the widespread effects of stress. As a practitioner of Ayurveda, hormonal health and other healing modalities, she brings a holistic approach to transform burnout to balance, joy and high-performing productivity.

Acheloa Wellness is an Executive Wellness Coaching practice committed to reducing stress and burnout for hardworking professionals. It is our mission to transform the corporate landscape by empowering ambitious and committed souls with the tools, techniques and mindset shifts to thrive in today’s non-stop environment. We teach individuals how to live in harmony amongst the chaos using an evidence-based approach to vitality, productivity and high-performing success. https://www.acheloawellness.com