Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes

To encourage and reward those who serve and protect patients from harm in the context of healthcare outbreak response in the United States, we are honored to recognize these deserving individuals with the establishment of this prize. The recipient will receive a $1,000 travel scholarship, $1,000 honorarium, an award, and paid registration for attendance at the 6th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections which will be held in Atlanta, GA, March 26–30, 2020. The following are examples of accomplishments that may merit consideration for this award: 
  • Display of exceptional initiative and success in accelerating or otherwise enhancing the response to an outbreak affecting one or more healthcare facilities or patient populations.
  • Display of exceptional leadership in enhancing communication between clinicians, clinics, hospitals, public health offices etc. and affected patients or the public, in the context of a healthcare outbreak investigation.
  • Active, sustained involvement in patient safety, healthcare, public health and related efforts, resulting in achievements that advance basic infection control (e.g., safe injection practices), healthcare outbreak reporting and investigation, or patient notification and public disclosure practices.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, January 17, 2020. To submit a nomination, please provide the following information:

Nominee Contact Information:

Nominator Contact Information:

Special Notes: 
  • Ideally, the award winner will be able to attend the award ceremony at the Decennial Conference in Atlanta, GA, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, but this is not a requirement.
  • While the award committee is primarily interested in recognizing individuals, under special circumstances, consideration may be given to groups or institutions. 
  • The McKnight Heroes Prize Jury may request additional information, such as a curriculum vitae or other supporting documents, following submission of your nomination.

For additional information on the Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Family Fund for Patient Safety and details regarding the McKnight Heroes Prize, please visit: www.cdcfoundation.org/McKnightFund

If you have questions, please contact Amy Macklin at amacklin@cdcfoundation.org or 404.523.1874.