Ms. Andrea Flinchum, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Registered Nurse Infection Control Supervisor
I am the program manager for the Healthcare-Associated Infection/Antibiotic Resistance Prevention Program at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Our mission is to prevent and eliminate healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistant organisms.
I started my career as a bedside nurse at the University of Kentucky Hospital in 1988 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. I spent 17 years at the bedside and then changed careers to become an infection preventionist. I joined the Infection Prevention and Control Program at the hospital and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While at the hospital, I enrolled in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Kentucky, soon realizing what a connection there was between infection prevention and public health. I am nationally board certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology and am a fellow of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. After five years working in the Infection Prevention and Control program, I joined the Department for Public Health. My position is a contracted position through the College of Public Health, allowing me to continue my service with the University.
I began in the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention/Antibiotic Resistance (HAI/AR) Prevention Program at the Kentucky Department for Public Health in 2011 and became the program manager in 2012. The program has grown from a very small program to a program of 21. We provide support to infection preventionists across the state in all types of healthcare settings. Through my tenure with the program, we have been able to make some HAIs/AR organisms reportable conditions through regulation. This allows us to understand the prevalence in our state and respond to organisms of public health interest.
On a personal note, I have been married to Robert since 1980 and we have two grown daughters, Heather and Jennifer. Neither chose a path in healthcare and are thriving in their own right and on their own paths. We live in Lexington and our children are close by, for the time being. I was lucky to have two bonus children and five grandchildren who are scattered from Wisconsin to New York. Ours is a large and boisterous crew who enjoy getting together.
- MS, Public Health
- University of Kentucky
- BS, Nursing
- Indiana Wesleyan University
- AS, Nursing
- Lexington Community College