Six academic institutions, including members of America’s Essential Hospitals, were awarded a total of $11 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify innovative ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in health care facilities. The University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Utah, and the other newly named prevention epicenters will receive this funding from 2015 to 2018 and focus on the following initiatives:

  • preventing the spread of infectious disease (including Ebola) in health care facilities
  • evaluating best practices for use of personal protective equipment
  • studying approaches to minimize germ transmission in the health care setting

The six new prevention epicenters join CDC’s existing cohort of research centers that focus on preventing health care-associated infections. This previous cohort, including essential hospital Cook County Health & Hospital System, will continue to search for ways to improve hospital and patient safety.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin O’Malley, director of policy, at or 202.585.0127.