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About Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Funding

This funding aims to build and improve state health department workforce, training, and tools necessary to rapidly scale up to meet this new Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) work. The activities described in this guidance are designed to support states that are just starting on HAI prevention activities or, in states that already have some HAI prevention activities, to expand into new HAI prevention areas. A key activity that this is funding will support the ability for states to submit data on their progress toward the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) HAI Prevention Targets. With optimal use, this short-term investment will create new state-level competencies and tools that will continue even after Recovery Act funding has expired and therefore leave behind a sustainable infrastructure for reporting on long-term progress toward meeting the HHS HAI Prevention Targets.

To coordinate national HAI prevention efforts and Recovery Act funding, CDC is drafting guidance to assist State planning efforts in the prevention of HAIs. Guidance will help to ensure progress towards five-year national prevention targets as described in the HHS Action Plan in the following areas:

  • Integration, Collaboration, and Capacity Building
  • Reporting, Detection, Response and Surveillance
  • Prevention
  • Evaluation, Oversight and Communication
  • Assisting states in meeting 2009 Omnibus Bill requirement that states receiving Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funds to certify that they will submit a plan to reduce HAIs to the Secretary of Health and Human Services no later than January 1, 2010

This Recovery Act supplement to Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) includes three activities outlined below.

Activity A is the basic staffing and coordination to draft the State Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Plan and establish the state's capacity to develop an HAI prevention program. In general, Activity A is aimed for state health departments that have little or no current activity or expertise on HAI prevention or reporting.

Activity B aims to increase facility participation in National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and use NHSN to establish baseline HAI data for the state.

Activity C aims to support prevention collaboratives in the state to undertake prevention activities or initiatives.

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