About Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

At a glance

The Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) works to protect patients and healthcare workers through safe healthcare delivery systems in the United States and abroad.

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Our mission

The mission of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) is to:

  • Protect patients.
  • Protect healthcare personnel.
  • Promote safety, quality, and value in both national and international healthcare delivery systems.


  • Provide leadership, expertise, and assistance to partners on healthcare safety topics.
  • Detect, prevent, and respond to healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial-resistant (AR) infections.
  • Address adverse events from the use or misuse of a drug (e.g., accidental overdoses).
  • Ensure blood, organ, tissue, and vaccine safety.

Our work

  • DETECT: Measure, validate, interpret, and respond to data relevant to HAIs; antimicrobial resistance; sepsis; adverse drug events; blood, organ, and tissue safety; immunization safety; and other related adverse events or medical errors in healthcare affecting patients and healthcare personnel.
  • RESPOND: Investigate and respond to new and emerging infections among patients and healthcare personnel, and coordinate guidance, consultation, and research related to infection control across the agency and with national and international partners.
  • PREVENT: Conduct epidemiologic and laboratory research to identify new strategies to prevent infections and related adverse events or medical errors, especially those associated with medical or surgical procedures, indwelling medical devices, contaminated products, dialysis, and water.
  • INNOVATE: Collaborate with academic and public health partners to design, develop, and evaluate the efficacy of interventions for preventing infections and improving antibiotic use and reducing healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, sepsis, and related adverse events or medical errors.


Michael Bell, MD
Michael Bell, MD
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Michael (Mike) Bell, MD, Acting Director

Michael Bell, MD, is the Acting Director of CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.