NAHC Ebola Task Force Chair Named to Ebola Recognition Wall
Top Professional Association for Infection Preventionists Honors NAHC Ebola Task Force Chair Barbara Citarella for “Above and Beyond” Efforts in Fight against Ebola
April 14, 2015 08:31 AM
Following Time Magazine’s selection of “The Ebola Fighters” for Person of the Year 2014, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has established an Ebola Recognition Wall in order to recognize outstanding contributions and expertise in the fight against Ebola. APIC—the leading professional association representing infection preventionists (IPs)—has named to its Ebola Recognition Wall Barbara Citarella, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) Chair of the Ebola Task Force.
“Ebola fighters are indeed worthy of this acknowledgement and we are proud to recognize our members who have joined the effort,” APIC stated on its website. “We thank all IPs for their ongoing efforts. Here we recognize the IPs who have gone ‘above and beyond,’ volunteering their time and expertise to help control the spread of Ebola domestically or abroad.”
APIC represents more than 15,000 member nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and medical technologists. These leading clinical professionals are on the front lines of infection prevention.
Last year, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris announced Citarella would chair the newly created Ebola Task Force to work on ensuring that the home care and hospice community has the resources it needs to deal with Ebola. Halamandaris praised Citarella, calling it his “great honor” to announce the infection control expert as chair of the Task Force.
“Barbara Citarella has over 25 years of experience and is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership, and disaster preparedness,” Halamandaris said. “She has long been a leader and spokesperson on these issues. We are pleased to have her work with the home care and hospice industry on such an important issue.”
APIC’s website referenced Time Magazine’s selection of the “The Ebola Fighters” for Person of the Year 2014. Time Magazine praised those who have risked their lives in the ongoing fight against Ebola and for teaching us lessons that apply not only to Ebola efforts but to future epidemics as well. “Eventually—though no one can say when—the Ebola fighters are going to be victorious,” Time Magazine wrote. “The fog will clear, leaving the hard truth in view: this won’t be the last epidemic. And when the next one comes, the world must learn the lessons of this one: Be better prepared, less fearful, less reactive. Run toward the fire and put it out together. Even more important, though, when the next one comes, remember the Ebola fighters and hope that we see their like again.”
Citarella works with NAHC to identify key reliable information and resources about Ebola prevention and response, which are available on NAHC’s website here. NAHC provides these resources in order to help home care and hospice providers identify crucial information and optimal actions with regards to Ebola prevention and response.
You can see APIC’s Ebola Recognition Wall here.