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Call for Nominations for the McKnight Prize for Health Care Outbreak Heroes 2021 – Deadline for Nominations January 31, 2021

Please see below, shared by CDC Foundation and the McKnight Fund:

Call for nominations:

The McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes

This annual award encourages and rewards those who serve and protect patients from harm in the context of healthcare outbreak response in the United States. Administered under the CDC Foundation, through the Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Family Fund for Patient Safety, we are proud to announce our second call for nominations for the McKnight Heroes Prize. The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium and an award.

Our inaugural awardee, Dr. Maureen Tierney, initiated and oversaw the investigation of an outbreak of E coli sepsis related to a nationally-distributed, unapproved biologic product administered to patients seeking relief from arthritis and degenerative diseases.

Nominations will be accepted on behalf of candidates who come from a variety of professions including, but not limited to nurses, physicians, public health professionals, administrators and advocates. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Here is the nomination form link:

For more information on the Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Family Fund, please follow this link:


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16