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CDC’s Prevention Epicenters Program is a unique research program in which CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) collaborates with academic investigators to conduct innovative infection control and prevention research.

Discovering New Ways to Protect Patients

	Innovations to Improve Patient Safety CDC guides and collaborates with Prevention Epicenters to protect patients by filling prevention knowledge gaps identified by CDC’s outbreak response and surveillance data. An image of a circular process shows how Prevention Epicenters Link Academic Partners with CDC’s Data and Expertise. The image describes the cyclical process of how information gathered through CDC activities, such as gathering surveillance data and responding to outbreaks at facilities across the nation, can inform guidelines and recommendations. • First, CDC MONITORS HEALTHCARE DELIVERY. This leads to: o Identifying Knowledge Gaps that CDC and the Prevention Epicenters seek to fill through 3 steps: 1. Discovering innovative prevention methods, 2. Broadening investigation to refine methods, and 3. Refining methods across healthcare spectrum. o These steps can inform CDC Guidelines and Recommendations. • This partnership all leads back to CDC MONITORING HEALTHCARE DELIVERY.

	map of epicenter locations