International Infection Prevention Week

October 20, 2021

MCHD observes International Infection Prevention Week 

MOBILE, Alabama — International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is being observed October 17-23. This event celebrates the importance of infection prevention and the role of infection preventionists (IPs) in protecting public health.

Because infection prevention is more important than ever in the battle against a global pandemic and to keep the world safe from healthcare-associated infections and outbreaks, this year’s theme is “Make Your Intention Infection Prevention.”

Organizers want to emphasize the role that individuals can play in the health and safety of their community by showcasing the science behind infection prevention, the importance of countering misinformation, and to inspire the world’s future IPs to join the fight.

This week, several MCHD and Family Health staff members received certificates of appreciation from the Alabama Department of Public Health and from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Receiving the documents from Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer of Mobile County, were:

Angela Alexander – Infection Control for Family Health,
Melanie Alford – Nurse Manager for the COVID-19 Surveillance team,
Barbara Gibbs – Public Health Nurse III for the Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks team,
Emily Thacker – Nurse Manager for the COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Outbreaks team.

“We are grateful and proud of the work of these professionals in protecting our employees and patients,” said Dr. Rendi Murphree, the Epidemiologist in charge of MCHD’s Bureau of Disease Surveillance and Control.

“We also recognize and thank them for helping to reducing morbidity in the community by collaborating with healthcare professionals and congregate settings to raise awareness of practices aimed at preventing disease transmission in these high-risk settings.”

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