About the Learning Activity Program

  • The Healthcare Learning Activity Grant Program provides a quality continuing education presentation at low or no cost. The program will be awarded to organizations sponsoring continuing education activities for physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals or healthcare consumer focused activities through a grant from HONOReform Foundation.

    The in-person presentation is designed to be eligible for continuing education credit for physician, nursing and allied health professions’ licensure renewal. HONOReform will provide to the sponsoring organization necessary documents for approval for continuing education credits such as an abstract, learning objectives, content outline, conflict of interest statement, and references. Audience attendees will receive a flash drive that contains the power point presentation, resources for injection safety, and the award-winning book: A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History.

    Description of Offered Programs
    Healthcare providers in all types of settings have reviewed and followed safe injection best practices. Nonetheless, the “unthinkable” still happens, with significant impact on the patient and providers. The CDC estimates that there have been more than 50 outbreaks of Hepatitis C and/or Hepatitis B in the past decade due to reused needles, syringes or medication vials. Evelyn and Tom McKnight, founders of HONOReform, will share their own compelling story of infection attributed to reuse of syringes in a medical setting. Additionally, the McKnights will examine factors contributing to the outbreak and make recommendations for prevention.

    1. “A Never Event – Don’t let it Happen in your Facility!”

    Description: A survivor describes a Nebraska “Never Event” in which 99 patients contracted Hepatitis C when a nurse reused syringes during chemotherapy administration. Root causes of the outbreak are examined as well as resources for prevention.

    Objectives: Learners will be able to:

    • List causes of unsafe injections
    • List methods to foster a safety culture
    • Describe a way to mitigate unsafe technique
    • List current safety incentives

    Intended Audience: Healthcare providers, Risk managers

    2. “Preventing Healthcare Transmission of Disease through injection Safety”

    This presentation examines causes of patient-to-patient, patient-to-provider and provider-to-patient transmission of disease and offers resources for prevention.

    Objectives: Learners will be able to:

    • List resources for prevention of patient to patient transmission of disease
    • List resources for prevention of patient to provider transmission of disease
    • List resources for prevention of provider to patient transmission of disease

    Intended Audience: Healthcare providers, Risk managers

    3. “Injection Safety in Dental Practice”

    Since 2012 thousands of patients have been put at significant risk of acquiring infectious disease from dental practices in four states. In one instance, the Colorado Department of Health notified 8000 patients that they were at risk for contracting Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV because their dentist’s practice reused needles and syringes. The McKnights will examine factors contributing to the outbreak and make recommendations for prevention in dental offices.

    Objectives: Learners will be able to:

    • List behaviors within a dental setting that can lead to large scale blood borne pathogen outbreaks
    • Describe how reuse of syringes and multi-dose vials can lead to patient to patient transmission of blood borne pathogens
    • Identify resources that dental health care personnel can utilize for prevention of transmission of infections in dental settings.

    Intended Audience: Dental providers

    4. “Becoming an Empowered Patient”

    Patients are learning that to receive the best quality healthcare, they need to effectively partner with their healthcare provider. A physician and a survivor of medical error discuss their own personal experiences of patient empowerment and ways to improve the physician-patient partnership.

    Objectives: Learners will be able to:

    • List behaviors within healthcare culture that can lead to large scale blood borne pathogen outbreaks
    • Cite resources that empower patients and improve the physician-patient partnership

    Intended Audience: Healthcare consumers

  • Grant Guidelines
    Preference will be given to applicants that have the following characteristics:

    • Audience size between 50 and 150 attendees
    • National or regional conference
    • HONOReform has not presented to the organization in the past
    • The sponsoring organization has submitted a grant request at least 3 months prior to event date

    Special consideration may be made if:

    • Audience is greater than 150 attendees
    • Location is outside the continental United States
    • A request is made for a second breakout session in the form of a book talk of A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History

    Please email us at evelyn@HONOReform.org if you would like to be considered for one of these special considerations.


    Deliverables of HONOReform to sponsoring organizations:

    • One hour in-person presentation from the above list
    • Learning objectives, outline and references to support the presentation
    • Flash drive for each audience member that includes injection safety resources and digital version of the award-winning book A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History
    • Promotion of the event on our social media pages

    Expected deliverables of sponsoring organization to HONOReform:

    • Travel expenses and 2 nights accommodation for presenter(s)
    • Promotion of event through website and social media
    • Membership in the One & Only Campaign: www.oneandonlycampaign.org

    Desired but not mandatory deliverables:

    To Apply
    To apply, email the following information to evelyn@HONOReform.org

    • Title, date, location and sponsor of learning activity
    • Conference theme and requested presentation from above list
    • Intended audience and number in attendance
    • Contact person’s name, title, telephone number, email address and organization’s website

    Please allow 1 week for reply. Grants will be awarded on a continuing basis, until grant cycle funding is depleted.

    If you prefer, please fill out this contact form:

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It is my honor to highly recommend Dr. Evelyn V. McKnight as a speaker. I can think of no one better to present this information. Without a doubt, she exemplifies the motivation and goal-directed approach, in concert with the knowledge and passion to deliver this complex issue. Wanda O. Wilson, PHD MSN, CRNA, Executive Director, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Evelyn tells her story with compassion and purpose with the intention to educate listeners about the egregious unsafe practices that continue unabated in healthcare practice sites. I enthusiastically recommend Evelyn McKnight to any group seeking to educate and inspire its members! Janice M. O’Dowd, Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional, Kent Hospital, Warwick, Rhode Island

The McKnights put together an extensive slide show presentation, with multiple resources for further education. They provided tools for healthcare providers to use in their jobs to help educate other providers and present healthcare associated infections. … If you are looking for an engaging educational presentation for your next healthcare conference, I would recommend Tom and Evelyn McKnight. They were very well received, and did a wonderful job. Michele Maryanski, RN CIC, APIC New England Program Director

Our feedback following this course was absolutely outstanding! We hope that Evelyn will continue to educate the public and bring more awareness on safe injection practices so an event like this never happens again. Melissa Adams, Continuing Education Director, AZ Perio Dental Hygiene Study Club


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