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The HAI-AR Advisory Group is co-led by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE) Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program (HAI-AR Program) and KFMC Health Improvement Partners. Membership is comprised of subject-matter experts from a broad spectrum of disciplines, healthcare settings and services, in both human and animal health. Subcommittees meet to coordinate statewide antimicrobial stewardship and healthcare-associated infections prevention activities.

2020-2025 HAI State Plan (KDHE web site) PDF  


Antimicrobial Stewardship

The purpose of this subcommittee is to promote, through a targeted approach, antimicrobial stewardship principles and practices among providers and consumers.

Pharmacy Antibiotic Stewardship Taskforce

The purpose of this task force is to educate and incorporate community pharmacies and patients to promote appropriate antimicrobial prescribing throughout the state of Kansas.

Detection and Outbreak Response

The purpose of this subcommittee is to identify and develop practices and tools for improving the detection of outbreaks, and implementing effective outbreak responses, for both the HAI/AR Program and infection prevention programs at healthcare facilities.

Infection Prevention and Control

The purpose of this subcommittee is to identify, develop, and promote resources for infection prevention programs at healthcare facilities, so they can implement effective programs, stay up-to-date with standards, and have the tools necessary to implement practices.

Infection Prevention and Control Taskforce

Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

The purpose of this subcommittee is to evaluate current strategies for addressing antimicrobial resistance, including surveillance and strategic planning for the emergence of novel and targeted MDROs, and to promote a multidisciplinary approach to combat antimicrobial resistance with an emphasis on OneHealth.

Patient Advocacy

Advisory Group Meetings

Location: Claire's Sunroom
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka
and/or virtual via Zoom Meeting

January 18, 2024
12:30 - 3:30 pm (virtual only)
April 18, 2024
12:30 - 3:30 pm (in person only)
July 18, 2024
12:30 - 3:30 pm (in person only)
October 17, 2024
12:30 - 3:30 pm

Educational Events

Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (schedule and webcast links website postings)