Our Team

Our Mission and Outreach
Our mission is to provide infection prevention guidance and support that maximizes the delivery of safe care across the city of Chicago in a way that is both equitable and resilient. 

We achieve that purpose in a variety of ways by providing: 
  • Infection Prevention & Control (IP&C) Guidance: We can train and mentor new Infection Preventionists (IPs) and assist with the interpretation of guidelines and standards.
  • Infection Control Assessments and Responses (ICARs): We perform standardized, CDC-approved assessments with your team and staff. The tools we use are publicly available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and can be reviewed prior to any visit. 
  • Epidemiology Support: Our epidemiologists can assist with outbreak investigations and summarizing facility-level data. This may include data collection, analysis, and/or data visualization support. 
  • IP&C Roundtable: We have established regular meetings to share IP&C information with public health relevance, provide a space for Infection Preventionists to dialogue, and engage in topics of importance to our field. Please contact us for an invitation. 
  • Infection Prevention Training: Our Infection Preventionists can help train new infection control staff or front line staff on a variety of topics: basic infection control best practices, management of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), prevention of healthcare associated infections, mandatory National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (INEDSS) reporting, surveillance, environmental rounds, outbreak management, and more. 
Our partnerships are constructive and non-punitive, and we work closely with Infection Preventionists, frontline staff, clinical leaders and administrative leadership to provide evidence-based, practical recommendations. 

Please reach out to any member of our team. See contact information below.

For general questions please use the general inbox:
Phone: 312-744-1100
Acute Care Team Name Contact Information
Projects Administrator Shane Zelencik Phone: 312-744-3434
Project Manager Maria Campos-Bovee Phone: 312-744-3269
Infection Prevention Specialist (Acute Care) Andrea Castillo Phone: 312-744-2014
Infection Prevention Specialist (Acute Care) Karen Branch-Crawford Phone: 312-746-6035
Infection Prevention Specialist (FQHC & Dialysis) Kim Goitia Phone: 312-742-8021
Public Health Administrator II Maggie Li Phone: 312-743-0317
Public Health Administrator II Romualdo Chavez Phone: 312-743-0282

Infection Control Assessment and Response Tools (ICARs)

Purpose: ICAR tools are used to systematically assess a healthcare facility’s IPC practices and guide quality improvement activities (e.g., by addressing identified gaps). 

How CDPH can help: The ACHOO team is engaged in comprehensive visits to acute care facilities throughout Chicago, during which they perform ICARs based on the facilities' preferences. Upon concluding an ICAR, the team provides post-report recommendations, equipping these facilities to proactively address any regulatory inspections. It is essential to emphasize that their visits are inherently non-regulatory and non-punitive. Instead, the primary objective is to foster collaboration among departmental teams within each facility and identify areas for enhancement.

Partner with Us:
Step 1:  Complete the Demographics- Acute Care Form

Step 2: 
Or Scan QR Code

Step 3: A CDPH Infection Prevention Specialist will confirm and send next steps.

IPC Guidance and resources

Measles Core Practices  Disinfection and Sterilization  Environmental Cleaning Hand Hygiene Point of Care Blood Testing
Safe Injection Practices:

Transmission Based Precautions: Water Exposure

Technical Assistance (I-NEDSS, NHSN, XDRO, Auto Alerts)

The Chicago Department of Public Health Healthcare Settings team now provides several types of education trainings, including foundational Infection Prevention and Control topics (e.g. I-NEDSS, NHSN, XDRO, REDCap, etc.) and many more. If you are interested in signing up for a training, please fill out this survey: CDPH Training Session Request Form. For more information email CDPHHAIAR@cityofchicago.org

Registering for I-NEDSS and XDRO
ACH Guide to Reporting Applications

Getting started with NHSN
NHSN Training Slides May 2023

Please contact Ms. Tasa Proctor for assistance with registering for XDRO. 
Phone: 312-744-7292
Email: Tasa.Proctor@cityofchicago.org

IP&C Roundtable with the CDPH Healthcare Settings Team

Join us for our IP&C Roundtable, a monthly gathering of dedicated Infection Preventionists working in facilities across the city of Chicago. These meetings are designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration in the field of infection prevention. We encourage open discussions, networking, and a shared commitment to keeping our healthcare community safe. 

To be added to the roundtable directory, please email CDPHHAIAR@cityofchicago.org.

Meeting Details:
  • Platform: Microsoft Teams (Virtual)
  • Frequency: Occurs every third Thursday of the month from 2 :00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • In-Person Meetings: Held twice a year 
  • Next In-Person Meeting: TBD

Key Highlights:
  • Guest speakers from various departments within CDPH and accrediting agencies. 
  • General presentations from IPs at acute care hospitals.
  • Networking with IPs across the city.
  • Provide directory to IPs to facilitate communication. 

Previous Roundtable Slides

01.18.24 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation

02.15.2024 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
03.28.2024 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
04.18.24 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation

01.27.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
02.24.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
03.31.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
04.28.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
06.09.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
07.28.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
09.29 23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
10.20.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation
12.01.23 Acute Care IP&C Roundtable Presentation

Other Key Departments in CDPH

Congregate Settings
CDPH Disease Reporting Hotline (TB, STI, Legi, CS, Hep-A, Rabies, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis)
  • Phone: 312-743-9000 
    • After hours, weekends, and holidays, call 311 and ask for the communicable disease physician on-call (or 312-744-5000 if outside the City of Chicago)
  • Fax Number: 312-746-5134 (TB pertinent patient records)

Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI)/Antibiotic Stewardship
Immunization Program
Long-term Care Facilities 
Project Firstline

Acute Care Facilities Contact Information

For general questions please use general inbox:
Phone: 312-744-1100

Disease Reporting

For detailed reporting information please refer to the Reporting section of the HAI/AR page Here.

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