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Fontaine Sands, DrPH, MSN, CIC
Dr. Fontaine Sands is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She is currently managing a federally funded ARRA grant for the prevention of healthcare associated infections through the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Infectious Disease branch in Frankfort, KY. Dr. Sands has been a registered nurse for over 24 years with an advanced education in public health. She is nationally certified as an Infection Preventionist (CIC) and has most recently functioned as an epidemiologist for a local hospital. Dr. Sands teaches continuing education courses on infectious diseases nationally and is actively involved with several professional organizations as a local chapter board member. In addition, Dr. Sands is a scientific member of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research at Central Baptist Hospital.
Dr. Sands’s primary professional interests are in infectious disease prevention for patients entering the healthcare system and healthy community members now affected by multi-drug resistant organisms. She has been involved with community education on infectious disease prevention and the implementation of evidenced-based research protocols for the prevention of healthcare associated infections. Other areas of focus have been on establishing methods of data collection, analysis, and reporting of significant infectious disease organisms not currently listed as a reportable disease in Kentucky. She currently is working to develop a statewide infection prevention plan and reporting system in collaboration with the other healthcare organizations, community groups, and local health departments.