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Following the Ebola crisis, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recognized gaps among healthcare professionals in emergency preparedness and created a joint Working Group. These gaps are barriers in effectively decreasing health care-associated infections, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claim up to 75,000 lives annually.

Through the efforts of the ANA/APIC Working Group, key infection prevention areas were identified and resources consolidated to allow healthcare professionals quick and ready access to infection prevention strategies and evidence-based practices. Working Group members include:

Mary Jo Assi, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FNP-BC
Director, Nursing Practice and Work Environment

Dorothy Belkoski BSN, RN, CCRN, CIC
Infection Preventionist
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Terri Bogue MSN, RN, PCNS-BC
Chief Operating Officer, Thor Projects LLC

Katrina Crist MBA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Murphy Dawson, MPH
Program Director, Department of Nursing Practice and Work Environment

Elizabeth “Liz” Garman
Vice President, Communications

Miranda Grant, MPH
Infection Preventionist
Indiana University Health Methodist

Timothy Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, CIC
Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Nursing
Vice Chair, APIC

Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC
Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research
Associate Dean for Nursing Research School of Nursing
Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Editor, American Journal of Infection Control Columbia University

Joanna Mills RN, MSN, CNS, CIC
Manager, Infection Prevention
John Muir Health System

Sharon Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C
Senior Policy Advisor

Margaret (Peg) Pettis RN, MPA, CIC
Infection Preventionist
Rochester Regional Health System

ANA is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering a high standard of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public.

APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection, achieved by better care to promote better health at a lower cost.