The Dallas / Ft Worth chapter of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC-DFW) was established in 1976. Our chapter was one of the first five established in the United States. We are proud of our heritage and our accomplishments and we are excited about what the future holds. APIC-DFW is a great place for professional growth and networking. We hold monthly educational and business meetings as well as a day-long educational conference every fall. If you have any questions about membership, please contact our Membership Director, Jacqui Holulin.
APIC-DFW will be recognized as the leader in infection prevention and control by both the healthcare community and the public we serve.
APIC-DFW's purpose is to influence, support, and improve the quality and safety of healthcare through the practice and management of infection prevention and control and the application of epidemiology in all health care settings. This is done through education, collaboration, evidence-based practice, advocacy, and credentialing.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 14,000 members. APIC's mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost.
Most APIC members are nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, or medical technologists who:
- Collect, analyze, and interpret health data in order to track infection trends, plan appropriate interventions, measure success, and report relevant data to public health agencies.
- Establish scientifically based infection prevention practices and collaborate with the healthcare team to assure implementation.
- Work to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in healthcare facilities by isolating sources of infections and limiting their transmission.
- Educate healthcare personnel and the public about infectious diseases and how to limit their spread.
Many IPs are employed within healthcare institutions and also serve as educators, researchers, consultants, and clinical scientists. The majority of APIC members are affiliated with acute care settings. An increasing number practice in ambulatory and outpatient services where they direct programs that protect patients and personnel from HAIs. Members are also involved in long-term care, home health, and other practice settings where infection prevention and control is an increasing area of responsibility for nurses and other healthcare personnel.
APIC’s educational programs, products, and services support the infection prevention activities of the many patient safety stakeholders. APIC collaborates with other professional associations, consumer groups, and thought leaders, as well as regulatory and accrediting bodies, to maximize the synergy of shared interests and resources with the goal of improving patient outcomes.