International Issues In Infection Prevention

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3500 - Approaches to Infection Control Training Globally

Friday, June 16
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 113-114

How do other countries approach infection prevention and control (IPC) training, especially in resource-constrained environments? What is emphasized, and what is important? In this session, international experts will discuss the importance of infection control in low- and middle-resource settings, and what is being done to address the gaps.

Learning Objectives:

Folasade Ogunsola

Clinical Microbiologist
College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Folasade Ogunsola is a professor of clinical microbiology at the College of Medicine University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has been involved in infection control for 20 years and contributed significantly in raising awareness of infection control in Nigeria. She was a founding member of the Nigerian Infection Control Association in 1998 and has assisted in setting up infection control programs in institutions in the country. She was the chair of the Infection Control Committee of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital until 2012 and the team lead for Infection Prevention and Control during the 2014 Ebola disease outbreak in Nigeria. She has worked as a consultant in infection prevention and control with the World Health Organization since 2009 and is interested in the community applications of infection control principles in under-resourced communities. She is the chairman of the Nigerian Infection Control Association and chair-elect of the Infection Control African Network.


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Benjamin Park

Chief, International Infection Control Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Benjamin Park, MD, is responsible for coordinating international infection control and surveillance for healthcare-associated diseases for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC. Dr. Park received his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and his MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York. He completed his clinical rotations in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He began his career at the CDC in 2002 when he joined as an epidemic intelligence service officer. His professional interests include methods to improve infection control and reduce antimicrobial resistance in healthcare facilities internationally.


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Kathryn Wilson

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Katie Wilson is an epidemiologist in the International Infection Control Program, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She works with Ministries of Health and partner organizations in low-resource health systems to establish infection prevention and control programs, conduct healthcare-associated infection surveillance, and build capacity for antimicrobial resistance detection and prevention. During CDC’s Ebola Response, Mrs. Wilson worked closely with colleagues in Sierra Leone to establish and scale the national infection prevention and control program. Mrs. Wilson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received her MPH in global epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.


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Amy Kolwaite

Nurse Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Amy Kolwaite is an acute and primary care certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She worked in pediatric intensive care units and emergency departments in Phoenix, Arizona, and Atlanta, Georgia, before joining the CDC in 2010. From 2010–2012, she was an epidemic intelligence service officer assigned to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, where her primary responsibilities were to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. From 2012–2013, she completed the CDC Preventive Medicine Fellowship on the global team at the Division of Viral Hepatitis, where she provided technical support to countries implementing viral hepatitis surveillance and prevention programs. She is currently a nurse epidemiologist in the International Infection Control Program in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, where she leads a team to support countries to enhance infection control programs, implement surveillance for healthcare-associated infections, build laboratory capacity to detect antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, and optimize antimicrobial use through stewardship programs .


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Dan Vanderende

Medical Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Daniel VanderEnde, MD, is a medical officer in the International Infection Control Program of the CDC’s Division of Healthcare and Quality Improvement in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. VanderEnde provides support to countries seeking to detect, respond to, and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Prior to joining the CDC, he directed the communicable disease programs for the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and led quality improvement initiatives as an Emory University hospitalist. Dr. VanderEnde received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and his MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.


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Huynh M. Tuan

Head, Department of Infection Control
Ho Chi Minh City University Medical Center
Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh

Dr. Tuan Huynh, MD, MS, PhD
Dr. Tuan Huynh teaches Medical Microbiology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City and Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control at Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University, Ho Chi Minh City. He is also Head of Infection Prevention and Control Department at HCMC University Medical Center.
Currently he also works in the Vietnam National Advisory Committee in IPC leading national and facility initiatives in IPC such as wrtting and revising national IPC guidelines and implementing standardized HAI surveillance systems, developing IPC assessment tools, and developing quality improvement plans to support IPC practices that prevent HAI in healthcare facilities.
His research focuses on healthcare acquired infections and multi-resistant pathogens especially Acinetobacter, Klebsiella, and other bacteria and environmental hygiene.
Dr. Tuan Huynh received his MD in 1999, MS in 2005, and PhD degree in 2017.


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Thomas Button

Director Infection Prevention & Control
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

Thomas C. Button, RN, BSN, NE-BC, CIC, FAPIC is currently Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Button's accomplishments in infection prevention include work with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone fall of 2014. He also has various abstracts, and posters, articles including topics on outbreak investigation, Surgical Site Infection, environmental cleaning, and hand hygiene. He has been a speaker at APIC Dallas Fort Worth chapter, Greater Kansas City APIC Chapter and Texas Society of Infection Control & Prevention (TSICP). He has been active with APIC at both national and local levels. He is currently one of the Board of Directors at Large Director for APIC. Awards include Great 100 Nurses from Texas Nurse Association 2011, March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Quality Management 2015, and the TSCIP Gerry Haynes award 2017 for excellence in Infection Control and Prevention..


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