Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

State Health Departments

C. difficile infections are usually a regional problem since patients transfer back and forth between facilities, such as from nursing homes to a hospital, which allows the disease to spread.  Health departments have the ability and authority to work with many types of healthcare facilities, and therefore have a unique opportunity to coordinate comprehensive prevention programs in their state or area.

Prevention Tools

See Prevention Tools on the Facilities/Settings page.

State Success Stories

Collaboration Primer

Guidelines and Recommendations

See Guidelines and Recommendations on the Clinicians page.

More Resources

States and Communities Can:

  • Encourage health care facilities to track and share data using CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network.
  • Develop regional C. difficile prevention projects with many types of facilities.
  • Help health care facilities in their prevention efforts.
  • Provide a standardized form [PDF - 132 KB] for facilities to use during patient transfers, especially between hospitals and nursing homes.


Vital Signs

Contact Us:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • Contact CDC–INFO The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #