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Educational Opportunities and Ways to Get Involved

Acute Care

This collaborative will partner participating long-term care-facilities with an acute care hospital in a 1:1 collaboration to establish robust Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) in long-term care settings and implement best practices for AS across the health care continuum.

Long-Term Care

IDPH has funded CIMPAR, S.C. to provide a wide selection of antimicrobial stewardship (AS) educational opportunities.

A hands-on seminar to help implement or improve antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP).

Part One

  • August 9, 2023 - Naperville
  • September 13, 2023 - Rockford
  • October 11, 2023 - Springfield
  • November 8, 2023 - Mount Vernon

Part Two

  • January 10, 2024 - Oak Park
  • February 14, 2024 - Rockford
  • February 28, 2024 - Chicago
  • March 6, 2024 - Springfield
  • March 27, 2024 - Chicago
  • April 10, 2024 - Belleville

A series of interactive webinars to engage in learning and discussion of the CDC Core Elements and other AS concepts with subject matter experts. Join the following sessions for feedback-focused topics:

  • August 3, 2023
  • September 7, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
  • November 2, 2023
  • December 7, 2023
  • January 4, 2024

This collaborative will partner participating long-term care-facilities with an acute care hospital in a 1:1 collaboration to establish robust ASPs in long-term care settings and implement best practices for AS across the health care continuum. Participants will:

  • Learn from subject matter experts, receive technical assistance, and gain resources to enhance AS in long-term care settings.
  • Become better equipped to meet mandatory regulations and quality standards related to AS.
  • Have the opportunity to receive sponsorship to complete SIDP or MAD-ID AS Training Programs, to strengthen skills and knowledge around ASP implementation.

For more information, visit: asp@cimpar.com or email ASP@CIMPAR.COM directly.

Outpatient

IDPH has funded The Hektoen Institute of Medicine to offer antimicrobial stewardship support to outpatient health care facilities through the Precious Drugs and Scary Bugs (PDSB) Campaign. This campaign promotes judicious antibiotic use by engaging outpatient providers to:

  • Increase knowledge related to antibiotic resistance and appropriate prescribing.
  • Provide resources to support health care providers in improving antibiotic prescribing.
  • Improve coordination and exchange of antibiotic stewardship best practices among stakeholders.

To participate, health care professionals will:

Participating health care professionals will receive:

IDPH has funded Northwestern Medicine to develop antimicrobial stewardship resources for outpatient health care settings.

Dental

The purpose of the toolkit is to provide Illinois dentists with resources to support appropriate antibiotic prescribing as part of the Illinois Precious Drugs and Scary Bugs Campaign. The campaign aims to promote the judicious use of antibiotics in the outpatient setting.

General Public