In response to increasing concerns about the public health impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed an Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (HHS Action Plan). The HHS Action Plan includes recommendations for surveillance, research, communication and metrics for measuring progress towards national goals. The final version of the plan can be found on the HHS website: www.cdc.gov/hai/prevent/prevention.html.
Funding awarded to Massachusetts through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 required the submission of a state healthcare associated infection plan that meets the expectations set forth in the HHS 2009 Action Plan. This funding complements existing state efforts to address HAIs and supports the following activities: a) enhancing state coordination and reporting of HAI prevention activities, b) improving the quality of the reporting system with data cleaning and validation activities and c) the establishment of statewide HAI prevention collaborative learning.
The Massachusetts Plan adheres to the structure of the HAI planning template distributed by the CDC and is followed by a narrative description and timeline of MDPH goals and strategies to comprehensively address this prioritized initiative.