Chicago Outpatient Clinics, Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has partnered with Mesmerize, a distribution/printing company, to deliver 295 Clinical Antimicrobial Stewardship Binders for Urgent Care/Immediate Care or Primary Care/Family Medicine/Internal Medicine Chicago Providers.

Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship Binders will also be delivered to 209 clinics in Chicago. The binders are a combination of the CDC Core Elements of Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship, Illinois Department of Public Health's Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit specific to Primary Care Providers or Dentists, respectively for each binder, and select CDPH supplemental content. In addition to the binders, each facility has the option to opt-in and also receive CDC brochures and/or posters promoting antibiotic awareness. All materials (binders, brochures and/or posters) are free of charge for the outpatient Chicago clinics, and funded by a CDC grant. We hope that the timing of materials prior to mid-November will help promote awareness and generating new antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in time for CDC's Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Campaign content including Binder Chapters, brochures and posters can be viewed below under "Table of Contents".

An additional free, 12-month National program funded by AHRQ to synergistically enhance your Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs is in open enrollment, and we encourage participation. More information available below after CDPH campaign information and at https://safetyprogram4antibioticstewardship.org/

Best Regards,

The Hospital Acquired Infection / Antibiotic Resistance (HAI/AR) Unit of CDPH

Table Of Contents

Chicago Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Campaign

Clinical (Urgent Care / Primary Care / Family Medicine / Internal Medicine) Binder Content:

Clinical Binder: Introduction & Chapter One: Commitment

Clinical Binder: Chapter Two: Act

Clinical Binder: Chapter Three: Track and Report

Clinical Binder: Chapter Four: Educate

Clinical Binder: Chapter Five: Supplemental Materials

Link to July 2019 Webinar Presentation - "Chicago Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship: Updates and Opportunities" - during CDPH's Outpatient Infection Control Practitioner Roundtable virtual meeting

View the live one hour presentation here: https://fccdl.in/gekj8tXl3t

CDC/CDPH Brochures and Posters for Campaign - Clinical (Primary Care/Immediate Care/Urgent Care/Family Medicine) and Dental Focus:

Clinical Trifold Brochure

Dental Trifold Brochure

"Right Tool" Poster - English

"Right Tool" Poster - Spanish

Virus vs Bacteria Poster


Take advantage of another opportunity to enhance your Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program with the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use in Ambulatory Care: REGISTER NOW!

Current National recruiting efforts by AHRQ have aligned well with the ongoing Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Campaign. The AHRQ outreach is separate than our Local Health Department’s efforts, participation is also voluntary, and enrolling in this program would offer synergistic benefits.

AHRQ is seeking pediatric and adult ambulatory clinics to participate in a free 12-month national program, which begins in December 2019, and aims to improve antibiotic prescribing. Participating practices will receive expert coaching, online training, patient and family education materials, antibiotic use guidelines for common infectious syndromes, and other practical resources.

Participation in this AHRQ program will help your facility meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements and demonstrate compliance with the new Joint Commission Ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard as many of the concepts are similar.

Continuing education credits will be offered by AHRQ for clinicians in each participating site at no charge including Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for: American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

Join AHRQ for a 1-hour informational Webinar to learn about program goals, interventions, and expectations for participation October 30 (noon CST), November 5 (1PM CST), November 14 (1PM CST), November 26 (11AM CST) or December 2 (1PM CST).

Data AQHR is requiring includes:
  • Monthly data on number of patient visits, antibiotic prescriptions administered by antibiotic type, patients with respiratory infections, patients diagnosed with a respiratory condition and prescribed antibiotics (certain ICD-10 codes)
  • Completion of a surveys regarding practice infrastructure, antibiotic stewardship activities, and patient safety issues
The eligible clinic types that care for children and/or adults and are:
  • Primary care, urgent care, and student health clinics
  • Community-based health clinics (e.g. Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHCs
  • Outpatient specialty clinics that provide primary care (e.g., OB/GYN)

Review the program website to meet the program team, review FAQs, and begin the enrollment process. We encourage you to visit https://safetyprogram4antibioticstewardship.org/ or email antibioticsafety@norc.org.

Led by Johns Hopkins Medicine and NORC at the University of Chicago, this program is funded and guided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


CDPH Healthcare Associated Infections

Outpatient Toolkit Contacts

Amy Hanson, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
Project Administrator, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Infectious Disease Pharmacist, Chicago Department of Public Health
West Side Center for Disease Control
2160 West Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
Office: 312-746-0304
For questions related to Healthcare Associated Infection/Antibiotic Resistance, please, contact the Chicago Department of Public Health at:  CDPHHAIAR@cityofchicago.org


HAI Coordinator:

Shannon Xydis
Email: Shannon.Xydis@cityofchicago.org
312-743-0416 (Office)
312-746-4683 (Fax)