President's Welcome Report 2017 Print

President's Report

Dear APIC Members:

Happy New Year 2017

Its been a very busy & challenging year for APIC Chicago. I am happy to report that we are fully energized and ready to get to work on the development and delivery of a two year strategic plan for the chapter. The board has met and reviewed feedback that we have recieved from the members. Based on that feedback we are proud to share with you the revised Purpose, Mission and Vision for Chicago APIC.

Purpose: The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) is a multidisciplinary and voluntary organization whose purpose is to improve the health by serving the needs and aims common to all disciplines that are united by infection control & epidemiology activities.

Mission: APIC Chicago is committed to improving Patient Care, Preventing Adverse Outcomes and Minimizing Occupational Hazards associated with the delivery of care accross the continuum.

Vision: To enhance the practice of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology by developing Infection Prevention Leaders through Education, Mentorship, Practice Enhancement and Advocacy.

Highlighted are the key words that represent APIC CHICAGO and our goals for the future.

In the next few weeks,we will be sending a very short survey to help us identify the multidisciplinary group, please take the 5 minutes to complete the survey. We want to know our members, so that we may focus our education, mentorship and advocacy to represent all.


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Calendar of Events

Spring Education Event-Friday April 28, 2017 Location: Elmhurst Hospital

Flyer will be sent in the next two weeks


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Treasurer Report

Attached is the Proposed Budget for 2017 for your review. There will be a voting email sent to the membership for approval.

Current Financials-Checking-$10,087.25  Savings-$100,566.11

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National News

Katrina Crist- APIC CEO address (January 19, 2017)

As of Oct 2016-15,276 Members, 3070 new members 2% decrease since 2015-flat growth. The membership is comprised of 86% clinical, 15% ancillary and 1% students. Working on collaborations with other organizations such as, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) & American Nurses Association(ANA).

MEGA-Survey Key findings-manuscript to be published in AJIC, 7 additional papers are underway and pending publication in 2017. The tables of data including benchmarking material will be made available for purchase

Key focuses of National APIC include: Patient Safety, Implementation science, Competency/Certification, Advocacy and Data Standardization.
 APIC Consulting >100 CIC Consultants

APIC Program of Distinction in the 1st qtr 2017. Can provide sites with Temporary placement anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years. Working with State Health Departments for training, multi-year grant (ICAR & EBOLA) performing facility wide assessments & outbreak management. If interested in learning more about APIC Consulting please contact Kathyrn Hitchcock via [email protected]

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Chapter News
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with the Chicago APIC website. The Board is reviewing new options to provide a more useful website experience. If you are interested, please contact Marge Gribogiannis 847.723.6494. [email protected]

Other opportunities to serve
Welcoming/Mentoring Committee
Interested in meeting new Infection Preventionists? Have you ever considered being a mentor?
We are looking for experienced practitioners to offer advice, assistance and networking contacts to new members to the profession. If you are interested in joining the Welcoming/Mentoring Committee, please contact Jan Lepinski ( [email protected]).

Legislative Update

With the 2016 federal elections behind us, APIC is beginning its preparation for 2017. With a new President and Congress, this year will be important to learn about the priorities of the incoming government. As with any new administration, there will be a lot of ideas and rumors discussed on cable shows and in the newspapers. Although much of this conversation can give us a vague idea of priorities, we will not know much until the new President and Congress are sworn-in. During this transition, APIC Public Policy staff will monitor and share any legislative or regulatory issues that affect infection prevention.However, you do not have to wait to take action.  The primary focus of the 114th Congress is expected to be the passage of another Continuing Resolution that would fund the government into the spring of 2017. This means the incoming Administration will need to work with the new Congress to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2017. There is still time to have your voice heard for Congress to fund key CDC infection prevention programs. If you have already contacted your Member of Congress, share this action alert with your colleagues.

Stay tuned for more information and please let me know if you have any questions. 


Mary Alice

Chapter Legislative Representative: Mary Alice Lavin, RN, MJ, CIC, FAPI

We are looking for Infection Preventionists interested in learning about legislative and regulatory issues that impact our profession and the work we do to keep patients safe. This is an opportunity to be mentored by Mary Alice Lavin, our current Legislative Representative. If you are interested in developing skills in legislative matters, please contact Mary Alice ([email protected]).

Please forward any comments or suggestions to [email protected]

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