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Role Model

Erica J. Washington, MPH

Louisiana Department of Health

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Erica Washington is Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Health. Since 2009, she has overseen federal grant work with more than $500,000 in core funding and more than $2,000,000 in supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Erica works with local and federal partners to advance patient safety in healthcare. In February 2018, she served as an advocate for safer use of antibiotics through the Pew Charitable Trusts’ annual “Super People against Superbugs” event on Capitol Hill. She is a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Hospital Advisory Committee, Quality Insights Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Advisory Group, and provides collaborative support for the Louisiana Hospital Association and eQHealth Solutions.

In 2013, Erica was recognized by The White House as a Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health for her work as HAI Program Coordinator. She was honored as a 2016-2017 Informatics-Training in Place Program Fellow (I-TIPP) through Project S.H.I.N.E., a collaborative that seeks to increase informatics capacities of health departments nationwide.

Erica attended Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Tulane SPHTM) to pursue her Master’s in Public Health. She is certified in public health (CPH), infection control (CIC), and healthcare quality (CPHQ). Erica’s professional affiliations include Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (Past President of the Greater New Orleans Chapter), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Her current volunteer positions include serving as President-Elect of Tulane Alumni Association, WWNO-NPR Executive Council, and Junior League of New Orleans Joint Council. She previously served as Board Chairman for Luke’s House Clinic.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography