Infection Prevention Liaison Program (formerly Healthcare Infection Control Assessment & Response Grant)
CSFA Number: 482-00-1694
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Erica Runningdeer
Short Description
The purpose of this grant is to provide assistance to facilities and healthcare workers in Illinois that will enable them to implement best practices for infection prevention and control, which includes:

• identifying facilities that can best utilize assistance with improving infection prevention and control programs
• performing individualized assessments of existing practices
• making recommendations on how to best change existing practices
• providing ongoing support and follow-up to assist facilities with implementation of recommendation
• summarizing themes of common gaps in infection control
• designing and/or delivering training and education for a larger audience to address identified gaps.

This competitive grant originates from a cooperative agreement with CDC. Activities require extensive interaction with an array of health care facilities and collaboration with multiple key stakeholders. The grantee will work in collaboration with the IDPH Division of Patient Safety and Quality to ensure alignment with state and federal goals and objectives.

The grantee will provide:
1) an Infection Prevention Liaison Program

2) training and education activities designed to enhance infection prevention and control practices in Illinois

3) enhanced surveillance analytics and reporting of health care-associated infections (HAIs)
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
20/LCS 2310/2310-25

20 ILCS 2310/2310-35
Objectives and Goals
1. Perform individualized assessments of existing infection prevention and control practices in a variety of healthcare settings to identify gaps in infection prevention.

2. Provide recommendations to facilities and healthcare workers on how to address identified gaps in infection prevention activities.

3. Provide ongoing coaching, mentoring, and follow-up to assist with strategies for implementation of recommended quality improvement actions, including additional on-site assessments as needed.

4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the on-site assessment/consultation intervention in coordination with the IDPH Division of Patient Safety and Quality leadership and the CDC.

5. Summarize themes of common gaps in infection prevention practices and/or opportunities to enhance readiness to handle high consequence infectious diseases and recommended strategies to address these observations.

6. Develop and implement training and education programs to address common gaps in infection prevention and control practices observed during site visits from the Infection Prevention Liaison team. Prioritize facilities that can best utilize assistance with improving infection prevention and control program using a variety of data sources.

7. Leveraging infection prevention and data validation expertise, the grantee will develop a data validation plan from a cross sampling of facilities, including those with lower than expected standardized infection ratios (SIRs).

8. Implement data validation plan, analyze results, and report back to sites with feedback on gaps in data submission to ensure corrections are made.

9. Serve as a resource to local health departments to increase their infection prevention capacity through mentoring, education, and training in best practices.
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Restrictions
Project funds may be used for costs associated with planning, organizing, and the implementation of other program elements to build infection prevention and control capacity in Illinois.

Recipients may only expend funds for reasonable program purposes, including personnel, travel, supplies, and services (e.g., contractual support).

All grant funds must be used for the sole purposes set forth in the grant proposal and application and must be used in compliance with all applicable laws.

Use of grant funds for prohibited purposes may result in loss of grant award and/or place the grantee at risk for recouping of those funds used for the prohibited purpose.
Eligibility Requirements
The grantee will need to complete the following:

(1) Grantee Registration
(2) Grantee Pre-Qualification
(3) Fiscal & Administrative Risk Assessment/ICQ
(4) Programmatic Risk Assessment

Grantee must have experience with implementing infection prevention and control programming in Illinois within the past five years; experience assessing and providing technical assistance in infection prevention and control in a variety of Illinois healthcare facilities such as acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, and outpatient facilities; and expertise in implementing quality improvement initiatives and training related to infection prevention and control.

Grantee must have experience in evaluation of National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance reporting of health care-associated infections.

Grantee must agree to work closely with the CDC and IDPH’s Division of Patient Safety and Quality leadership and must provide:

(1) Description of organizational and experience in implementing infection prevention and control activities in Illinois within the past five years, including partnerships with the healthcare provider community, experience in quality improvement initiatives in healthcare settings, and expertise in infection prevention and control assessment, planning, and training.

(2) Work plan with activities, milestones and timeline outlining how they will accomplish specified objectives, along with a description of how their organization will ensure timely reporting on performance measures to monitor progress.

(3) Project management plan and description of ability to recruit qualified personnel for project

(4) Detailed budget with justification for all operating expenses that is consistent with program objectives and activities.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations; For-Profit Organizations; Small Businesses;
Application and Award Processing
• Attendance at the technical assistance webinar is required to apply

• Grant applications are submitted through IDPH’s Electronic Grants Administration and Management System (EGrAMS)

• Award notices will be made to the agency contact in EGrAMS. The contact will receive an email notification of the availability of the grant agreement for download and signatures in EGrAMS

• Objectives shall be specific, measurable, attainable/achievable, relevant and time bound, and activities supporting attainment of objectives shall be described. The program plan shall demonstrate innovative or new efforts. This award is for one year, and eligible for renewal for a total program length of three years.

• This is the initial/competitive year for this program. This grant opportunity may be renewed up to 2 additional years (in 1-year increments) if the applicant/grantee has at least 5 years grant experience.
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
• This is a CDC funded grant. The grantee will submit progress reports in accordance with federal reporting requirements and per updated guidance as directed by the CDC and the IDPH Division of Patient Safety and Quality.
• Expense reporting and reimbursement certification forms should be submitted monthly or quarterly, as required.
• An annual Federal Financial Report is required.
• Final performance and Financial Status reports are due after the project period by CDC.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2019 : $248,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details482-00-1694Not Applicable06/15/2018 - 07/16/2018 : 5:00PM
DetailsNANot Applicable05/07/2019 - 06/10/2019 : 5:00pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
02680007HHektoen Institute for Medical Research07/01/201906/30/2020248,000