The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program was formally established in 2009 with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to build program capacity by hiring staff, to enhance surveillance activities, and to participate in prevention collaboratives and educational activities.
VDH HAI Team members and contact information:
- Sarah Lineberger, MPH – Program Coordinator
- Shaina Bernard, PharmD – Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinator
- Carol Jamerson, BSN, RN, CIC – Nurse Epidemiologist
- Virgie Fields, MS, CPH – HAI Epidemiologist
- Emily Valencia, MPH – Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiologist
- Tisha Mitsunaga, DrPH, MS – CDC/CSTE HAI Epidemiology Fellow
- Christina Martone, MPH – Policy and Prevention Specialist
- Kurt Steigerwalt – HAI Program Assistant
To speak to any of the members of the HAI team, please call 804-864-8141 or email email@example.com
The VDH HAI Program is housed in the Division of Surveillance and Investigation, which is responsible for monitoring for the occurrence of reportable and emerging diseases or suspected outbreaks of illness, providing recommendations and guidance to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, and investigating outbreaks of disease and other public health emergencies.
Other resources within the health department to help prevent infections within healthcare or residential facilities:
- Contact your local health department and ask to speak to someone in communicable disease control (such as the epidemiologist or communicable disease nurse) to report cases of disease, outbreaks, or ask infection prevention-related questions
- More information for facilities on working with your local health department.
- Contains information on personal preparedness and facility preparedness for natural and man-made emergencies.
- Protects the public’s health by preventing the transmission of disease through food, milk, shellfish, water, and sewage in partnership with other agencies to protect the environment.
- Food safety – provides information on food regulations as well as foodborne disease data and food recalls.
- For questions about bed bugs, contact the Bedding and Upholstered Furniture Inspection Program.
- Epidemiology Fact Sheets
- Division of Disease Prevention
- Maintains a variety of programs to eliminate, prevent, and control disease, disability, and death caused by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, other sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.
- Tuberculosis (TB) Control and Prevention Program
- For more information on TB in healthcare settings, click here to go to the Other Infections and Conditions page of the VDH HAI website.
- Division of Immunization
- Tracks trends in vaccine-preventable diseases; maintains the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS), the statewide immunization registry for the public and private sectors; manages the Virginia Vaccines for Children program; coordinates the Virginia Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program; and runs the Virginia Adult Hepatitis B Initiative
- Also includes the Division of Environmental Epidemiology, Division of Pharmacy Services, and Division of Radiological Health.
- Administers state licensing programs for hospitals, outpatient surgical hospitals, nursing facilities, home care organizations, and hospice programs. Conducts inspections to satisfy state licensure requirements. Investigates consumer complaints regarding the quality of health care services received.
- For nursing homes – more information on working with the VDH Office of Licensure and Certification
- For more general information about licensure and certification, please see Licensure and Certification.