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APIC Greater Jackson Chapter

APIC Greater Jackson Chapter 068 is a very engaged, respected, and progressive, member of the central MS healthcare community.

Membership is comprised of a multidiscipline variety of infection preventionists inclusive of acute care, ambulatory surgery, community health, and behavioral health, non-profit, for profit, health agencies, etc.

Chapter 068 earned the APIC National Chapter Leadership Award in 2014.

Membership Support

  • Offered CIC® certification costs reimbursement scholarship program for members
  • Supports scholarships for members to attend annual APIC Conferences
  • Sponsor a Chapter List Serve to support member notifications, information sharing and supportive discussions
  • Promote CIC® certification recognition by sending Recognition Letters from the Chapter 068 President to the executive leadership at the employment facility of the newly certified or re-certified practitioner
  • Chapter Leaders are recruited and serve on statewide planning groups including Healthcare Acquired Infections Committee, and the Pandemic Influenza Planning Committee.
  • S. Taylor, a Chapter and Board member is among the first 162 Fellows of APIC (FAPIC) which recognizes exemplary APIC members who are not only advanced practitioners of Infection Prevention but also leaders in the field.
  • S. Taylor, a Chapter and Board member presented a poster at the 2016 National APIC meeting entitled “Reduction of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI): A Never Ending Story." This presentation demonstrated the CAUTI Champion approach initiated at MBMC which resulted in a 74% reduction of CAUTI infection rates.
  • Members have created and submitted videos which were chosen for presentation at APIC Film Festivals in multiple years. One of these videos received the APIC People’s Choice Award in 2014.

Education

  • Sponsored a basic infection prevention education course which met monthly for nine months in 2013
  • Offered Mentoring program to connect novice members to experienced Infection Preventionists to improve practice
  • Sponsors an annual Educational Conference each fall that includes nationally recognized experts’ presentations and draws attendees from across the state
  • Partnered with MS State Health Department and MS Hospital Association to bring NHSN and other relevant educational programs to members
  • Provide relevant educational sessions at each monthly meeting
  • Incorporated distance technology to several meetings to allow for increased access and remote participation in several educational sessions
  • Chapter 068 was awarded a $2,500 grant from APIC to implement a Hand Hygiene Community Project. Chapter members developed an age appropriate curriculum and carried out the nine month program in 2013 with monthly education sessions for all Kindergarten classes at two large elementary schools in our capitol city. School Principals and Teachers reported that the program had a positive impact on students and staff. The First Lady of our state was involved in the program and participated with chapter members in the initial sessions at the two schools. Success from the program garnered a partnership with the MS State Department of Health, the MS Nurses Association, the MS Hospital Association and the MS Department of Education to continue the project through health related professions students to reach more schools and future healthcare workers across our state. In July, 2014 staff from the CDC led a SWOT Analysis of the 2013-2014 Hand Hygiene Project resulting in a Corrective Action Improvement Plan which was implemented during 2014-2015. Data received for the 2014-2015 school year hand hygiene project showed project participation by:
    • 68 Trained Elementary Schools
    • 232 Kindergarten Classrooms
    • 36 Counties
    • 38 School Districts
    • 8 School Nurses
    • 432 Health Science Student Trainers
    • 4,899 Kindergarten Participants

Study Groups

  • Sponsored monthly pre-meeting case review study groups led by experienced members in 2014/2015
  • Provide current information and lessons learned sharing time at each monthly meeting