Episode 93 • 05/30/2024

Devin Jopp, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), on Leadership, Innovation, and Transforming Healthcare

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What was it like to be an infection preventionist at a hospital during the pandemic? How do you support your members during a world-changing event like a global pandemic?

In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Devin Jopp, CEO at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Devin discusses:

  • The founding of APIC and how their members’ job is to prevent the spread of infection in all health care centers.
  • The training and certifications that infection preventionists (IPs) get.
  • Devin’s journey, moving from IT to CIO, and then to CEO of several health care associations.
  • When Devin was at ACHA, he gathered emeritus members who helped write the guidelines for college reopening during the pandemic.
  • How Devin’s doctorate taught him that when things don’t work in an organization, it’s often not because of technology, but the structures, policies, and processes.
  • How as CEO of APIC, he has seen the overhaul of all the technology systems at APIC.
  • How APIC is launching new products called Policy Pro and APIC Text Online. Both products help members do their jobs better.
  • How APIC is exploring how generative AI will make their products better in the future, especially since APIC literally has thousands of resources on its website. 
  • How APIC has APIC Consulting, which is a network of IPs who go into healthcare settings to help organizations develop their plans, write the procedures, train people, or bring in consultants who work as IPs.
  • How it was hell being an IP during the pandemic, and even today we don’t talk enough about the health and safety of healthcare staff.
  • APIC is launching a new ethics framework and a new advanced certification program.


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