APIC-VA: Strategic Plan

Report
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It is the vision of APIC-Virginia to lead the
way toward healthcare without infection.
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The Association for Professionals in Infection
Control and Epidemiology, Inc., Virginia
Chapter (APIC-VA) is a multi-disciplinary
voluntary organization. Our purpose is to
create a safer world through the prevention
of infection and embrace this bold direction
through patient safety, implementation
science, competencies and certification,
advocacy, and data standardization.
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Goal 1: Develop a standard that requires a
set number of Infection Preventionists in the
acute care setting.
Goal 2: Demonstrate and support effective
infection and control as a key component of
patient safety.
Goal 3: Promote and facilitate the
development and implementation of scientific
research to prevent infection.
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Goal 4: Define, develop, strengthen and sustain
competencies of the IP across their career span
and support board certification in infection
prevention and control (CIC) to obtain universal
adoption in the U.S. and Canada.
Goal 5: Influence and facilitate legislative,
accreditation and regulatory agenda for infection
prevention with consumers, policy makers, health
care leaders and personnel across the care
continuum.
Goal 6: Promote and advocate for standardized,
quality and comparable HAI data.
Goal 1: Develop a standard that requires a
set number of Infection Preventionists
in the acute care setting.
Objectives:
1. Get team from state membership to
initiate research on evidence-based
practices to obtain required data to start
this endeavor.
2. Collaborate and align with SHEA members,
APIC (national) and other key
organizations to develop this standard.
Goal 1 (continued)
3. Work with APIC (national), legislative and
other key groups to get the proposed
standard approved.
4. Educate organizations on this new
standard.
5. Write and publish this endeavor for our
state chapter.
Goal 2: Demonstrate and support effective
infection prevention and control as a key
component of patient safety.
Objectives:
1. Collaborate and align with key infection
prevention and public health organizations,
agencies and consumer groups to demonstrate
and promote effective infection prevention
programs.
2. Define key processes of care that are shown to
prevent infection.
Goal 2 (continued)
3. Develop framework to optimize partnership
between physicians and IP’s as part of infection
prevention programs.
4. Create tools that integrate elements of the science
of safety into infection prevention programs.
5. Identify and assess measures that demonstrate
the impact of infection prevention as part of
patient safety.
Goal 3: Promote and facilitate the development
and implementation of scientific research to
prevent infection.
Objectives:
1. Demonstrate the value of implementing the
science of prevention to members.
2. Identify gaps in the research agenda and address
the gaps.
3. Publish research in newspaper to aid in education.
4. Collaborate with related disciplines and
organizations in promoting implementation
science research.
Goal 4: Define, develop, strengthen & sustain
competencies of the IP across their career
span & support board certification in infection prevention & control (CIC) to obtain
universal adoption in the U. S. & Canada.
Objectives:
1. Support APIC in the development of APIC IP
competency model and program for the career
span.
2. Promote the value of CIC certification to key
stakeholders, regulators, consumers and
accreditors.
Goal 4 (continued)
3. Support APIC in creating advanced recognition
programs for the IP who has achieved
advanced/expert level of knowledge and skills.
Goal 5: Influence and facilitate legislative,
accreditation and regulatory agenda for
infection prevention with consumers, policy
makers, health care leaders and personnel
across the care continuum.
Objectives:
1. Advance the development and adoption of
meaningful use and measurable HAI reporting
measures which minimizes collection burden.
2. Support and advocate for resources that promote
effective infection prevention and control efforts,
programs and initiatives.
Goal 5 (continued)
3. Promote active IP participation and
collaboration with organizational leadership of
providers, consumer advocacy groups, and
payers to enhance infection prevention and
control on all levels and points of care.
4. Identify pertinent regulatory and legislative issues
through information provided by National Office,
literature and medical reports.
5. Monitor General Assembly activity for bills which
impact our practice.
Goal 5 (continued)
6. Communicate urgent issues via email to the
membership so that timely responses can be
generated to legislators.
7. Maintain visibility of APIC-VA with the
legislature and communicate with legislators as
appropriate.
Goal 6: Promote and advocate for
standardized, quality and comparable HAI
data.
Objectives:
1. Support and participate in the strategic planning
for advancing the description, collection and
reporting of HAI data.
2. Collaborate with government and private sector
partners in initiatives supporting standardized
and validated data for state reporting.
3. Advocate for expansion and interoperability of the
electronic medical record (EMR) and standardized
extractible infection data elements for state
reporting.
Information was obtained from the
APIC website for Strategic Plans to
reach by 2020.
APIC-Virginia Strategic Plan 2012-2020
Respectively resubmitted by Cheryl
Merix, RN, COHN, BSHM, CIC
August 31, 2012

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