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WEBINAR: New England Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Showcase

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 30% of the 266 million antibiotics dispensed annually from outpatient pharmacies in the United States are unnecessary. These unnecessary prescriptions contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. Implementing antibiotic stewardship programs in the outpatient care setting is part of the national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance.  
We hope you were able to join the New England QIN-QIO on Thursday, May 23rd for an informational webinar, The New England Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Showcase. During this webinar, the following New England organizations will showcased how they successfully implemented an antibiotic stewardship program:
  • Atrius Health, a physician practice group, in Massachusetts
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Urgent Care Centers in New Hampshire
  • Little Rivers Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in Vermont
  • Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts

By attending this webinar, participants can now:

      • explain what a successful outpatient antibiotic stewardship initiative looks like;
      • identify key components that lead to success in developing and sustaining a coordinated outpatient antibiotic stewardship program; and
      • recognize common challenges to implementing outpatient stewardship programs and how to avert them.

More About our Speakers

Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, MD is a physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center. She is part of Tufts Medical Center Antimicrobial Stewardship team and has a special interest in rapid diagnostics and stewardship in the outpatient setting.
Kirthana Beaulac, PharmD, BCPS is the pharmacist head of the Antimicrobial Stewardship program at Tufts Medical Center, as well as the Infectious Diseases Pharmacist for the institution.
Maureen Boardman, MSN, graduated with a BSN from the University of Maine in 1988. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with an MSN in December of 1991. Ms. Boardman has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 28 years. She has worked at Little Rivers Health Care since 2004 and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. She was named to the Geisel Academy of Master Educators in 2016 and has been a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners since 2016.
Danielle Ferreira, RN, is Senior Quality and Safety Specialist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Manchester. In this role, she focuses on patient safety and quality initiatives throughout the organization. She provides support to operational leaders, senior leaders, and clinicians. Danielle Ferreira received her Bachelor’s in Nursing and Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Rivier University. Danielle started her nursing career at Southern NH Medical Center as a RN on a medical-surgical floor. She then spent some time at Children’s Hospital in Boston where her focus was on pediatric medical specialty. A short time later, she transitioned to ambulatory care at Dartmouth Hitchcock Manchester where she has been for the last eleven years. She has held several roles within the organization as a triage nurse and a supervisor before taking on the role of a Quality and Safety Specialist. Over the last two years, she has found her passion in antimicrobial stewardship and educating both clinical staff and patients on the importance of safe antibiotic use. She lives in southern NH with her husband and two children.
Laura Sargent, PharmD, BCACP, is an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in the primary care clinics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, Bedford and Concord. Laura earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree in 2014 from the University of Connecticut. She then went on to practice in the community pharmacy setting before joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2016. She was the first pharmacist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock to institute a collaborative practice agreement for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Laura serves as a preceptor for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience pharmacy students. Her areas of interest include diabetes mellitus, antimicrobial stewardship and geriatrics. Outside of pharmacy, Laura enjoys skiing and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
Sonja Rivera, MPH CIC, is the Infection Control Program Manager at Atrius Health. She received her BA and MPH with a Concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Tufts University and has previously served on the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) New England Board of Directors and currently serves on the Tufts External Advisory Committee. Some of her interests and focuses at Atrius Health include disease surveillance and infection prevention, High Level Disinfection, Hand Hygiene, and Antibiotic Stewardship.

Continuing Education

ACPE LogoThe Connecticut Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacists in attendance who complete an on-line evaluation can receive up to 1.5 contact hour of credit. Knowledge based activity: 0106-9999-19-053-L04-P


May 23
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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New England QIN-QIO Antibiotic Stewardship Team