Events and Awards

2014 HAI and ADE Events

ADE Prevention: 2014 Action Plan Conference

October 30, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The ADE Prevention: 2014 Action Plan Conference was held on October 30, 2014 at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the conference brought together subject matter experts and adverse drug events (ADE) prevention stakeholders to:

View the conference slides [PDF - 12 MB].

2013 HAI Events

Road Map to Eliminate HAI: 2013 Action Plan Conference

September 25-26, 2013
Washington, D.C.

The Federal Steering Committee for the Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs) brought together HAI subject matter experts, public health professional, clinicians, patient safety advocates, and consumers to review progress to date and discuss the next steps in implementing the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination 2013.

The first day of the conference focused on progress made in the acute care hospital targets since the release of the first iteration of the HAI Action Plan in 2009 and potential future targeted goals. The second day of the conference focused on next steps for implementation of Phases Two and Three of the HAI Action Plan.

For more information, read the conference summary [PDF - 1.1 MB].

HHS-APIC-SHEA Partnership in Prevention Award

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) partnered with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to create the Partnership in Prevention Award. This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of multidisciplinary teams that have:

  • Improved clinical practice and patient safety using evidence-based guidelines
  • Achieved and maintained superior prevention results
  • Advanced best practices

In addition, the award highlights the work of a health care facility that achieved sustainable improvements based on the concepts of the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination.

On November 26, 2013 the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was announced as the recipient of the award for their outstanding efforts to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia and catheter-associated urinary tract infection.

Nominations for the 2014 Partnership in Prevention Award are complete. If you have any questions about the award, please email the Partnership in Prevention Award team at awards@apic.org.

We appreciate all of the nominations showcasing the important work you did to prevent HAIs in 2014. We look forward to announcing the winner of the 2014 Partnership in Prevention Award in late November 2014.

HHS-Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) Awards Recognizes Achievements in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections

For the third year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC)* called for applications from teams of critical care professionals and health care institutions with demonstrated systems of excellence for reducing and eventually eliminating targeted health care-associated infections (HAIs). 

Targeted HAIs for the 2013 awards cycle are as follows:

  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

Awards for reducing CAUTI, the most prevalent HAI, are new this year. Hospitals, units, and teams demonstrating sustained reduction or elimination of the targeted HAIs for a minimum of 25 months combined with national leadership in disseminating information about their success were eligible. 

Winners were announced May 20, 2013 during the Super Session at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. Award recipients (alphabetized by state) are:

  • Intensive Care Unit, Franciscan St. Francis Health, Mooresville, Ind. (CAUTI)
  • Surgical ICU and Trauma Burn ICU, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor (VAP)
  • Medical Surgical ICU, HealthEast St. John’s Hospital, Maplewood, Minn. (CLABSI)
  • Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City (CAUTI)
  • ICU, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.; ICU,Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, Matthews, N.C.; and ICU,Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Huntersville, N.C. (VAP)
  • Cardiac Intermediate Unit, East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, N.C. (CLABSI)
  • Medical Intermediate Unit, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, N.C., (VAP)
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (CLABSI)

In addition to the eight awardees, 11 health care organizations received honorable mentions for their efforts toward eliminating HAIs within their facilities. Facilities receiving honorable mention in this year’s awards program are listed at www.aacn.org/haiawards.

*CCSC member organizations include AACN, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. 

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2012 HAI Events

2012 Progress Towards Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections Meeting

November 27, 2012

Washington, D.C. 

At this meeting, subject matter experts gathered to review and discuss how to accelerate progress toward achieving the five-year national health care-associated infection (HAI) prevention targets for reducing the incidence of specific HAIs established in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) in September 2008.  The meeting also served to introduce Phase Four of the HAI Action Plan and provide updates on measures and prevention goals for Phases Two, Three, and Four of the HAI Action Plan.  In addition, participants discussed the shift from ventilator-associated pneumonia to ventilator-associated events. View the meeting report and plenary presentations from the 2012 Progress Toward Elimination Healthcare-Associated Infections.

Partnership in Prevention Award

October 15, 2012

Washington, DC

The inaugural Partnership in Prevention Award, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), was presented via webinar on October 15, 2012.

HHS-Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) Awards Recognize Achievements in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections – 2012 Awards Recipients
Twelve recipients of the 2012 HHS-CCSC Awards to Recognize Achievements in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections were announced at the 2012 American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Read the press release.

2012 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Data Summit
May 30-31, 2012
Kansas City, MO

The 2012 “Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Data Summit” was conceptually conceived during the “Progress Toward Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections” meeting, held in September 2010, after several subject matter experts and members of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Steering Committee for the Prevention of HAIs expressed the importance of reassessing the strategies in the HAI Information Systems and Technology chapter in the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination.

The HAI Data Summit is a timely opportunity for public and private sector HAI prevention partners to review existing data sources and to discuss and make recommendations that focus on efforts underway or that are envisioned as ways to add efficiencies and enhance the value of the supply chain of HAI data. This supply chain originates with HAI data collection and reporting by healthcare facilities and produces outputs that are used by the facilities themselves for their own prevention purposes and for analysis, action, and public disclosure at higher geographic levels, such as the state or national level. View the reports and presentations from the 2012 HAI Data Summit.

Stakeholder Call: Release of National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI): Roadmap to Elimination Media Opened for Public Comment
April 19, 2012
Washington, DC

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Don Wright, led a stakeholder call with the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard K. Koh and leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS).  Speakers provided updates on the recently revised “National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associate Infections: Roadmap to Elimination” as well as HAI data showing marked progress in the reduction of HAIs since the initial (2009) Action Plan release.  HHS will receive public comments on the revised National Action Plan through June 25, 2012. Read a complete transcript of the call [PDF - 209 KB].

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2010-2011 HAI Events

State-Level Partners Collaborating to Eliminate Healthcare-Associated Infections Meeting
September 15-16, 2011
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


OHQ hosted this meeting to promote collaboration and strategic alignment of programs and resources across state-level entities and share information regarding current and pending federal legislation/initiatives that may impact state-level prevention efforts. Additional goals were to share information regarding current and pending state-level legislation/initiatives that may impact national-level prevention efforts and identify tools needed at the state-level, in an era of limited funding, to achieve HAI reduction targets in the national and state action plans. View the presentations and a detailed summary of the meeting [PDF - 930 KB].

Focus Group on Essential Components for State HAI Efforts
September 14, 2011
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


OHQ held this half-day focus group to outline and prioritize the essential components of a state program to achieve HAI reduction targets within the context of lean resources. OHQ also sought to define what resources, infrastructure, and support are needed to effectively implement the programs. Participants from across the federal government, states, national stakeholders, professional organizations, consumers, payers and providers developed a prioritized list of thematic components which were presented and discussed at the State-Level Partners Collaborating to Eliminate HAIs meeting. View the focus group report [PDF - 483 KB].

Healthy People 2020: Healthcare-Associated Infections Webinar
August 16, 2011


The first event in the Healthy People 2020 webinar series focused on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The webinar highlighted the importance of this public health issue, provided an overview of the related Healthy People 2020 objectives, and provided action steps that healthcare and public health professionals can take to prevent HAIs. View the webinar.

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
June 11-14, 2011
Seattle, Washington

OHQ sponsored the Quality Interest Meeting Presentation: Hospital Acquired Conditions at the 2011 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting.  Dr. Wright, Chair of the Panel Presentation, provided an update on the state of the Office of Healthcare Quality’s (OHQ) Healthcare-Associated Infections Initiative. Bernard S. Black, JD, MA, Chabraja Professor at Northwestern University Law School and Kellogg School of Management, followed with a presentation on his research findings, titled “Does Hospital Infection Reporting Affect Actual Infection Rates, Reported Rates, or Both? A Case Study of Pennsylvania.” 

View Dr. Wright’s Academy Health Quality Interest Group Meeting presentation [PPT - 1,295 KB].

Dr. Wright also participated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Project to Eliminate Health Care-Acquired Conditions Panel. During this session, he spoke about the development of the OHQ office, the HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, various federal initiatives dealing with HAIs and future steps for the OHQ office.

View Dr. Wright's HAI Panel presentation [PPT - 1,851 KB].

Health Care Quality Innovation Summit: Optimizing Value and Securing a Future of Innovation and Quality
May 11-13, 2011
Cleveland, Ohio


Dr. Don Wright presented at a session called “Defining Quality in Healthcare” along with representatives from the National Quality Forum, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety and USA Today. The presenters discussed the current activities in defining, encouraging, and advocating for better healthcare quality. Dr. Wright spoke to the current initiatives being conducted at HHS to encourage better healthcare quality, specifically surrounding the topic of HAIs. He also identified achievements being made around the country in the prevention and reduction of HAIs by recipients of the HHS-Critical Care Societies Collaborative National Awards Program to Recognize Achievements in Eliminating HAIs.

View Dr. Wright's Defining Quality in Healthcare presentation [PPT - 3,264 KB].

QualityNet Conference
November 30 – December 2, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Steve Solomon participated on a panel, "Agencies Get the Chair on Healthcare-Associated Infections" along with representatives from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Panelists discussed HAI activities and coordination efforts across agencies and with stakeholders.

Accelerating Healthcare-Associated Infection Elimination: Health System, Hospital, and Government Leadership Collaboration
October 2010


The webinar addressed opportunities for dramatically reducing HAIS through collaboration and leadership of health systems, hospitals, and government organizations. Speakers include leaders from HHS and hospital leaders of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology "Greenlight Program," which develops leadership decision-support investment models that address clinical, operational, and financial performance. Presentations and the webinar are archived online.

HAI Recovery Act Grantee Meeting
October 2010
Atlanta, Georgia

OHQ co-sponsored a two-day meeting with CDC to address HAI prevention at the state and regional level. Participants included State HAI Coordinators from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico along with representatives from federal agencies, academic institutions and professional organizations. Dr. Steven Solomon led a panel with representatives from those working in HAI prevention including Dr. Dale Bratlzer, Dr. Marion Kainer and Dr. Sam Watson, summarizing the national-level conversation at the September meeting Progress Toward Elimination of Healthcare-Associated Infections and discussing the connections for those working at HAI prevention at the state level. Rani Jeeva led a panel to present the 2010 HAI Regional Projects, encouraging participation and coordination from State HAI Coordinators.

Regional Project Presentations are available at the following links:

For additional resources for HAI prevention at the state level, please see Resources for State Partners in HAI Elimination. Please see our page for additional information on OHQ HAI activities at the state and regional level.

Public Health Collaboration Models for Infection Prevention in Licensed Healthcare Settings: A Focus on Ambulatory Surgical Centers
October 20, 2010
Atlanta, GA

OHQ in conjunction with CDC hosted a meeting to discuss HAI prevention needs and ongoing activities in ambulatory surgical centers, or ASCs. The meeting objectives were to identify novel approaches and best practices for collaboration regarding the promotion of infection control training and HAI prevention, surveillance, and oversight activities in ASCs and other licensed healthcare settings. Participants included representatives from OHQ, CMS, state health departments, state survey agencies, and quality improvement organizations. Discussions centered on improving the inspection process and using inspection data for action, current and planned educational outreach, and identifying areas for improved stakeholder collaboration. View an expanded summary [DOC - 37 KB].

Progress Toward Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections
September 2010
Arlington, Virginia

At this meeting, subject matter experts gathered to discuss the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, with a focus on accelerating efforts. The meeting also served to gather input on expanding the HHS’ efforts to prevent and eliminate HAIs to the outpatient setting, specifically, ambulatory surgical centers and end-stage renal disease facilities. In addition, participants discussed prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia among patients in acute-care hospitals. The meeting report summarizes the meeting’s events [PDF - 324 KB], and the plenary session presentations are also available.

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