In today’s rapidly evolving health care landscape, the significance of effective infection prevention in long term care is paramount. Recognizing this, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) launched the National Infection Prevention Forum (NIPF) in early 2023, supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/Project Firstline. The forum has attracted over 1,100 dedicated infection preventionists from diverse long term care organizations across the United States in its inaugural year, marking a significant stride in our collective journey to elevate health care standards.

A Unique Platform for Collaboration and Learning

The NIPF distinguishes itself through its collaborative and dynamic nature. It provides a space where infection preventionists in long term care settings can ask critical questions, exchange innovative insights, and learn from both peers and esteemed experts in infection control. Witnessing the rapid, informed responses to inquiries, often bolstered by evidence-based citations, underscores the forum's commitment to factual and practical knowledge-sharing. This vibrant interchange not only provides immediate answers but also fosters an environment for continuous learning and professional development.

Expertise and Guidance at Your Service

A key feature of the NIPF is the involvement of a rotating panel of infection control experts from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). These seasoned professionals monitor discussions, offering timely assistance and enriching conversations with their expertise. Additionally, the forum provides a unique opportunity to escalate complex queries to CDC experts, ensuring members receive clear advice.

Expanding Horizons with New Initiatives in 2024

Looking ahead to 2024, the NIPF is excited to introduce several new features designed to further support infection prevention work and offer a robust networking hub for professionals.

  • Hot Topics: Stay abreast of current issues with concise one-page briefs, tackling topics like dual vaccine administration and the utilization of vaccine information sheets.
  • Clinical-Based Scenarios: Engage with interactive multiple-choice questions to enhance clinical decision-making skills, complemented by comprehensive insights from subject matter experts.
  • Tips to Help You: Access quick-reference resources designed in response to common citation issues, providing practical tips to elevate care quality and prepare for state surveys.

Empowering Through Knowledge Sharing and Community Building

In the coming months, NIPF members can anticipate:

  • Educational Video Interviews: Gain perspectives from experienced infection preventionists and interdisciplinary team members, showcasing the integral role of infection prevention in team-based, person-centered care practices.
  • Ask the CDC Expert Thread: Utilize this direct line to CDC professionals for clarifications and insights on complex topics.

Your Participation Matters

David Gifford, MDNIPF is more than a forum. It's a community where every voice is valued, and every question can lead to new understanding and improved practices. We invite you to join this thriving network of infection preventionists committed to advancing infection control in long term care. Whether sharing your expertise, seeking answers, or engaging in rich discussions, your involvement is crucial to our collective success.

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David Gifford, M.D., M.P.H., is the chief medical officer of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).