An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound in Cure: The Future of Healthcare Associated Infections in Iowa

Andrew Hennenfent, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Dr. Andrew Hennenfent, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, is the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program Manager for the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he oversees the planning and response of antimicrobial stewardship efforts and infection prevention technical assistance provided to Iowa healthcare personnel to improve infection control practices in all settings. 

Dr. Hennenfent completed an applied epidemiology fellowship in infectious disease at the District of Columbia Department of Public Health then oversaw the city’s emerging and zoonotic disease program and served as the city’s public health veterinarian. Dr. Hennenfent has worked for the State of Iowa since 2018.  

Brief Description
With the rise of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs), including Candida auris, in the U.S. and in Iowa the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services is here to be your partner during your journey to improve infection prevention and control.


  1. Understand Candida auris epidemiology in the U.S. and Iowa.
  2. Describe how Iowa HHS mitigates healthcare associated infections and outbreaks.
  3. Identify where to find educational resources.
  4. Discuss the future of infection prevention.