Welcome to HITS 2018!

The HITS 2018 Conference will be held on September 18-20th at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. After the resounding success of the inaugural 2017 conference, we are pleased to offer you more at HITS 2018! This year, we will provide expanded network opportunities, an exhibition hall, a poster session and more! The agenda includes presentations from focus groups developed at the 2017 conference addressing key trends in infection prevention. We are confident that, regardless of discipline, attendees will find opportunities to be a part of the conversation and be a catalyst for change in reducing healthcare associated infections.

The Healthcare Infections Transmission System (HITS) Consortium looks to promote public health by reducing healthcare-associated infections through the integration of best infection prevention practices. HITS will focus on the major pathogen transmission systems in the healthcare setting specifically; surfaces, person to person, water and air. Join us for this one-of-a-kind, multimodal event where researchers and experts from across disciplines will work toward identifying research gaps and applying data-driven methods in the field. Meet, greet and share ideas with the individuals and organizations who are growing and sustaining the industry, as we explore creative and innovative solutions to this global problem.

How is HITS different?

Our conference theme is Catalyst for Change. Fittingly, HITS will take a holistic perspective to targeting healthcare associated infections. The conference looks to focus on “hospital health.” By including multiple disciplines in the conversation, HITS looks to remove silos and encourage a systems approach, aligning with infection prevention.

Who Should Attend?

  • Hospital management and Administrators
  • Healthcare facilities and Environmental Services managers
  • Research Scientists and Industry experts

All those with backgrounds in:

  • Building water health
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Environmental transmission
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnography
  • Infection prevention
  • Healthcare Environmental Services (EVS)
  • Healthcare Facilities Management
  • Hand hygiene

Board of Directors

The Healthcare Infections Transmission System (HITS) Consortium consists of the following members:

Christine Greene, MPH, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator for Sanitation and Contamination Control, Applied Research Center, NSF International

Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor and Program Director, Environmental and Occupational Health, the University of Arizona

Michael Diamond
Executive Director, The Infection Prevention Strategy: InfectionControl.tips

John Larochelle
CEO Environmental Infection Prevention

Mark H. Weir, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, The Ohio State University

Advisory Board

Jesse D. Miller, Ph.D.
Director of NSF International’s Applied Research Center

Marc Verhougstraete, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Community Environment & Policy Department, the University of Arizona

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