Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes

This prize was established to encourage and honor those who serve and protect patients from harm in the context of healthcare outbreaks. The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium and an award

Special Notes: 
  • The McKnight Heroes Award recognizes contributions to the identification, investigation and control of healthcare outbreaks; these differ from community outbreaks in that medical care is the main driver of exposures and infections. Healthcare‐associated Infections (HAIs), including antimicrobial‐resistant (AR) pathogens, can manifest as outbreaks that stem from unsafe healthcare practices and contaminated drugs or medical devices. More information is available at www.corha.org and www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks

  • While the award committee is primarily interested in recognizing individuals, under special circumstances, consideration may be given to research 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.

Award Criteria: 

The following criteria should be met within the last 3 years in order to merit consideration for this award. Criteria are listed in order of importance.

  • Nominee has displayed outstanding initiative and success in accelerating or otherwise enhancing the response to an outbreak that affected one or more healthcare facilities or patient populations.

  • Nominee has displayed 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.

  • Nominee has displayed active, sustained involvement in patient safety, healthcare, or public health, resulting in recent advancements related to 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 Monday, February 28, 2022. To submit a nomination, please provide the following information:

Nominee Contact Information:

Nominator Contact Information:

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 Susanne Salehi at ssalehi@cdcfoundation.org or 901.907.4224.