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Biosafety and Health Care Preparedness Conference:

During the summer and fall of 2017 SHARP staff, along with staff from the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories (BOL), completed 7 regional conferences around the state. Slides from these conferences are available below.

*Region 2 Sean Kauffman

Call for Volunteers! The Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) program wants you!

The MDHHS Communicable Disease Division’s SHARP unit secured funds to support development of robust infection prevention and control programs across the continuum of care. The goal is to expand infection control (IC) consultation in both number and depth/content, then to identify and mitigate gaps in practices.

SHARP unit staff offer on-site or remote technical assistance according to facility type

  • acute care
  • long-term acute care (LTAC)
  • long-term care (LTC)
  • critical access hospitals (CAH)
  • outpatient clinics.

The needs assessment consists of utilizing tools developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The team reviews three main infection control domains:

  1. IC Program and Infrastructure,
  2. IC Training, Competency and Implementation of Policies and Practices a
  3. Systems to Detect, Prevent and Respond to Healthcare-Associated Infections and Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs).

ICAR activities provide immediate feedback to IC programs about the current state of the program and how it relates to best practices. Results are discussed with infection prevention staff to determine strengths and areas of opportunity. Facilities receive a feedback report to share with leadership. ICAR reports can be used as a needs assessment and may be presented to facility leadership to help bolster sustainable Infection Control programs. 

For more information or to schedule an ICAR contact Noreen Mollon ( or 517-284-4946)