International Issues In Infection Prevention

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3007 - Global Convergence of Emerging Infectious Diseases: Only a Plane Ride Away

Friday, June 16
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 110-112

Humans and microbes are the stars in the drama of emerging infectious diseases. Surrounding this drama are the complex and ever-changing factors that drive emergence. The Convergence Model, developed by the Institute of Medicine, is an elegant visualization of the four domains of emerging disease convergence: genetic and biological factors; physical and environmental factors; ecological factors; and social, political, and biological factors. This presentation will explore how these factors, in the forms of land use, hunting practices, and travel, are drivers of infectious disease emergence and what the future might hold in tracking these domains to be able to forecast the next emerging disease before it becomes an outbreak or pandemic.
Emerging diseases have historically been perceived by healthcare personnel as something that only happens "over there." However, Ebola and now Zika have opened our eyes to the fact that emerging diseases have no thought to geographical borders and our global interconnectedness has made us vulnerable to these diseases. Infection preventionists must have a global mindset with an eye to what’s happening "over there" to be prepared for the next emerging disease that may land in our hometown. The next pandemic may only be an airplane ride away.

Learning Objectives:

Kim Boynton Delahanty

Administrative Director Infection Prevention Clinical Epidemiology
University of California, San Diego Health, California

Kim Boynton-Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC, FAPIC
Administrative Director for the Infection Prevention Clinical Epidemiology, University of California, San Diego Health has
over 17 years’ experience in infection prevention and clinical epidemiology. Prior to her role at UCSD, she was a home infusion district manager and PICC nurse for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego County for 10 years, and was the Chair of the CA Department Health HAI Advisory Committee from 2003-2012. Kim was named national APIC Infection Control Hero in 2012. National APIC Board of Directors and the faculty for National APIC ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Center’s). Kim has written/presented numerous publications, media interviews and abstracts to educate all areas of health care on infection prevention and clinical epidemiology. International speaker on infection prevention and clinical epidemiology in Japan, Dubai and Bangkok. She also is a co-author of the Oncology chapter in the APIC text.


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Christie Chapman

Infection Preventionist III
University of California, San Diego
Del Mar, California

Christie Chapman has served in the field of infection prevention for the last five years and is currently an infection preventionist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Health System. Christie received her BSN from California State University and holds CIC certification. She currently serves on the board of the APIC San Diego/Imperial County chapter. Christie was heavily involved in training personnel for and maintaining UCSD’s Infectious Disease Care Unit during the 2014 U.S. Ebola preparation. That experience has prompted a healthy dedication to making sure she maintains a global mindset and an eye on what’s happening around emerging infectious diseases — she does not like surprises.


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Linda McKinley

Infection Preventionist
Madison VA Hospital
Madison, Wisconsin

Linda Mckinley, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, FAPIC is currently an Infection Preventionist at the VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Linda has practiced nursing for 32 years, including service in the Army Nurse Corps, and infection control for 25 years and has been certified since 1995. Linda has served on APIC Board of Directors between 2014 – 2015 and as APIC’s Secretary between 2016 – 2017. Linda is a past President of the APIC-Badger Chapter and served in multiple chapter positions. Linda is the recipient of the 2008 APIC Chapter Leadership Award having been recognized for international infection control activities. She currently serves on the editorial board for American Journal of Infection Control. Linda has been a speaker at local, state and national APIC events and presented numerous abstracts at national conferences. Linda has multiple articles in peer-reviewed publications. She serves as a mentor and preceptor for Public Health students.


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