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Transforming health care
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Management research to provide operational advice on improving quality, reducing costs and eliminating disparities.

Transforming health care through research and education

Welcome to STRIVE


The States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) initiative, was led by HRET, through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brought together state-level organizations and acute care and long-term acute care hospitals across the country to improve infection prevention and control. The aims of the initiative were to:

  • Reduce HAIs
  • Strengthen infection control practices through CDC’s Targeted Assessment for Prevention strategy
  • Strengthen relationships among state hospital associations, state health departments and other state HAI partners
  • Improve implementation of infection control practices in existing and newly constructed health care facilities

Collaborating partners improved general infection prevention and control practices in health care facilities and working to reduce health care-associated infections:

  • Clostridium difficile infections (CDI),
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia

Hospitals that participated in the 12-month cycle or “cohort,” received education, technical assistance and support in tracking improvement, using data submitted to CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

As the contracting agency, the CDC provided infection prevention and control expertise as well as overall project oversight. National partners working with CDC and HRET were:

  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE),
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • University of Michigan
  • Society of Hospital Medicine

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