Get Ready for U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week!

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Antibiotic Awareness Week is Nov. 18–24

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is excited to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in promoting the observance of U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, raising awareness of the harms posed by antibiotic resistance, and emphasizing the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and antibiotic stewardship programs. As partners across the One Health spectrum, we hope that you will join this effort!

MDH U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week Webinars

Two Successful Veterinary Antibiotic Stewardship Initiatives: Drug Residue Prevention in Food-Producing Animals and Antibiotic Use Measurement in Dogs and Cats

  • Monday, November 14, 2022, 12–1 p.m. CT 
  • Presenter: Jessica Evanson, DVM, MPH; Drug Residue Prevention Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Presenter: Jennifer Granick, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Minnesota’s Surface Water: Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products, and Endocrine Active Chemicals

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 12–1 p.m. CT
  • Presenter: Mark Ferrey, BS, MS; Environmental Scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Swish and Swallow - Antibiotic Stewardship in Dentistry

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 12–1 p.m. CT
  • Presenter: Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS, FCCP; Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy & Therapeutics and Associate Director of Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy

Please visit MDH: U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week for additional information on these webinars. They will be recorded and posted on this page once available.

How can you raise awareness of the importance of antibiotics?

Check out the Honor Roll hospitals being recognized for looking beyond their facility to practice antibiotic stewardship in a collaborative way.

Commit to using antibiotics appropriately and only when needed.

Implement CDC’s core elements of antimicrobial stewardship for health care settings and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) core principles for veterinary settings.

Check out this free CDC antibiotic stewardship training course for health care professionals, offering more than 10 credits of continuing education.

Spread the word through social media, within your organization, and with your partners.

Explore toolkits and resources to learn more and spread the word.

Review dental resources and guidelines, including studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

Find veterinary resources, including the Handbook for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice, from the University of Minnesota (UMN).

Read and share facts about antibiotic use and resistance.