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Nancy Click served as APIC president in 1986.
In celebration of APIC’s 40th anniversary, Nancy shared memories of APIC:
It has been 26 years since I was President of APIC and difficult to put into words what APIC means to me. My career has changed over the years from working in infection control, to administrator, to management of public health communicable disease programs and today as a licensed school nurse in a large urban school district. In every role I have utilized my infection control and prevention knowledge. My involvement in APIC exposed me to many intelligent, committed individuals I have learned from. APIC exposed me to new educational and growth opportunities. The 1986 APIC Position Paper encouraged the continued professional development of the membership and supported the broadening application of epidemiologic principles and methods in other areas of health care. This is still applicable in 2012 and I am proud to have played a part in APIC’s vision for the future and success.
One of the most significant events during my presidency in 1986 was the passage of Public Law 99373 by Congress and Signing by President Reagan , proclaiming National Infection Control Week the 3rd week of October! APICs first major press conference, reception and media event was held in Washington, DC on October 20, 1986.
Infection control was upgraded by HCFA from a standard under sanitary environment to a separate “Condition of Participation”.
1986 was a time of many changes in health care with the introduction of the prospective payment system. Many hospitals were consolidating and/or closing and the APIC Board was focused on retention of members (7,018) and our efforts intensified to attract practitioners in non-acute.
APIC sponsored a Public Service Announcement, highlighting the problems of infections in hospitals. The PSA was carried by 200 TV stations and viewed by more than 38 million people.