As one of the first APIC chapters in California, APIC San Joaquin Valley serves Central California including Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Mariposa, Madera, Merced and Stanislaus counties. As a voluntary and multidisciplinary organization, our purpose is to influence, support and improve the quality of healthcare through the practice and management of infection control and the application of epidemiology in all health settings. We are committed to improve patient care, prevent adverse outcomes and minimize occupational hazards associated with the delivery of healthcare. We strive to improve patient care by serving the needs and aims common to all disciplines united by infection control and epidemiology.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 14,000 members. Our mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost.
Most APIC members are nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, or medical technologists who:
- Collect, analyze, and interpret health data in order to track infection trends, plan appropriate interventions, measure success, and report relevant data to public health agencies.
- Establish scientifically based infection prevention practices and collaborate with the healthcare team to assure implementation.
- Work to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in healthcare facilities by isolating sources of infections and limiting their transmission.
- Educate healthcare personnel and the public about infectious diseases and how to limit their spread.