APIC Announces Recipient of Graduate Student Award for Infection Prevention


The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the recipient of the APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA). An award of $5,000 was provided for a one-year period (January through December 2017).

The recipient, Mary Jo Knobloch, MPH, received her degree from the University of Wisconsin (UW), School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences, where she is pursuing her PhD. She is a research health scientist at the UW School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease, and the Williams S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Knobloch’s project topic is titled, “Leadership Rounds to Reduce Healthcare-associated Infections: A Case Study Approach.” Her award will be formally presented at APIC’s Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon on June 16.

“We are excited to be able to award this grant for a second year,” said APIC president Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC. “The award supports APIC’s patient safety mission and commitment to promoting research for infection prevention.”

Application evaluations were based on implementation science, demonstrating its value, and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

Consistent with the indicators of success for implementation science included in APIC Strategic Plan 2020, it is expected that the recipient of the AGSA will present their findings at the APIC Annual Conference and/or prepare a manuscript for submission to the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).

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