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Heather Marie Gilmartin

TitleAsst Professor-Clinical
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentCSPH-HSMP General Ops

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    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MABSN05/1992Nursing
    Yale University, New Haven, CTMSN, FNP05/2000Family Nurse Practitioner
    University of Colorado, Aurora, COPhD09/2014Nursing, Health Systems
    Veterans Health Administration, Aurora, COPost-doctoral Fellowship9/2016Post-doctoral Fellowship
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    2000Signa Theta Tau Honor Society, Yale University
    2005Colorado Nightingale Luminary Nominee, Colorado Nurses Foundation
    2008Gina Pugliese Scholarship in Healthcare Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology/Centers for Disease Control
    2011 - 2012Health Research Service Administration - Nurse Traineeship Award, University of Colorado
    2012Henrietta Loughran PhD Award, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
    2012Karina Wen-Hui Chu Nursing Award, University of Colorado
    2013Structural Equation Modeling Training Award, University of Colorado
    2014DNA 30 PhD Award, Colorado Nurses Foundation
    2014Colorado Nightingale Luminary Award Finalist, Colorado Nurses Foundation
    2014Advanced Infection Prevention Award Nominee, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
    2017Fellow, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
    2020 - 2025Career Development Award, Health Services Research & Development, Veterans Health Administration

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    Heather Gilmartin, PhD, NP is a health services researcher and nurse scientist in the Denver/Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value Driven Care at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veteran Health Administration (VA) Medical Center. She has been a core investigator since 2016. From 2014-2016, she was a VA post-doctoral nurse fellow. Her research focus is on understanding and optimizing the culture of healthcare to enhance employee engagement and patient safety. She aims to achieve this by facilitating organizational learning through the implementation and dissemination of high reliability practices such as team training, mindfulness, and relational coordination. In 2019, she was awarded a VA Career Development Award to study supportive learning environments in VA cardiac catheterization laboratories.

    Heather completed her undergraduate degree from Boston College, her master’s degree from Yale University, and her doctorate from the University of Colorado. Her 20+ years of clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner has included acute care, family practice, pediatrics, infection prevention, epidemiology, and public health nursing. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, School of Public Health and adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado, School of Nursing. In 2018, she created and taught the first doctoral course on learning health systems for the University of Colorado Anschutz campus.

    Her recent research includes investigations on the role of psychological safety and mindfulness on healthcare providers and patient outcomes, the role of care coordination on Veteran outcomes, and a national survey to establish the state of learning environments and high reliability practices in VA cardiac catheterization laboratories. She has published multiple methodological papers pertaining to structural equation modeling and psychometric analyses of surveys, along with novel implementation methods such as the brainwriting premortem. She collaborates actively with researchers in several disciplines, including medicine, organization psychology, management, economics, anthropology and dissemination and implementation science. These collaborations have led to multiple projects published in high-impact journals such as the BMJ, BMJ Quality and Safety, Nursing Research and Implementation Science.
    Heather has received numerous awards including induction into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Yale University, the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Award for Nursing Excellence (2005 & 2014), and scholarships for academic excellence during her doctoral studies and from professional societies. In 2017, she was inducted as a fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

    Heather is an active member of APIC. She has served on the APIC Public Policy Committee and APIC Research Committee, where she led efforts to publish six research papers using data from a national APIC workforce survey. She is a member of the American Journal of Infection Control Editorial Board and has been the Infographic Editor since 2017, assisting authors in creating visual abstracts to support dissemination and translation of research into practice. Most recently, Heather has been elected a member-at-large for the AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues.

    Heather lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, the owner of a coffee roasting company and their two sons. To keep up with her family, Heather competes in triathlons and trail running races, and enjoys Telemark skiing and rock climbing. Heather was a nationally ranked high-school and collegiate sailor prior to moving to Colorado and still dreams of the ocean.

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         (Gilmartin H.)Oct 1, 2016 - Oct 1, 2020
    Veterans Health Administration - Office of Rural Health
    Improving Transitions of Care for Rural Veterans Referred to Tertiary Medical Centers
    Role Description: The goal of this study is to implement a nurse-let pre and post-discharge care coordination intervention across the Veterans Health Administration
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (Gilmartin, H.)Oct 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2019
    Veterans Health Administration: Health Services Research & Development Pilot
    Relational Coordination in the Veterans Health Administration
    Role Description: The goal of this study is to study and build relational coordination within the Veterans Health Administration
    Role: Principal Investigator

    IK2HX002567     (GILMARTIN, HEATHER M.)Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2024
    Building Supportive Learning Environments: Implementation Research in VA Cardiac Cath Labs
    Role: Principal Investigator

    17-163     (H. Gilmartin)Feb 1, 2020 - Jan 31, 2025
    Veterans Health Administration Career Development Award
    Building Supportive Learning Environments: Implementation Research in VA Cardiac Catheterization Labs
    Role Description:
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Gilmartin H, Reese SM, Smathers S. Recruitment and hiring practices in United States infection prevention and control departments: Results of a national survey. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Jul 21. PMID: 32702390.
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    2. Stolldorf D, Germack HD, Harrison J, Riman K, Brom H, Cary M, Gilmartin H, Jones T, Norful A, Squires A. Health Equity Research in Nursing and Midwifery: Time to Expand Our Work. J Nurs Regul. 2020 Jul; 11(2):51-61. PMID: 32834909.
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    3. Keach JW, Stanislawski MA, Barón AE, Plomondon ME, Langner P, Amin A, Gilmartin HM, Waldo S, Maddox TM. Variation in contrast-associated acute kidney injury prophylaxis for percutaneous coronary intervention: insights from the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking (CART) program. BMC Nephrol. 2020 Apr 28; 21(1):150. PMID: 32345254.
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    4. Connelly B, Ujano-De Motta LL, Leonard C, Mayberry A, Kelley L, Gaskin D, Gilmartin HM. Mapping the reach of a rural Transitions Nurse Program for veterans with geographic information systems. Implement Sci Commun. 2020; 1:36. PMID: 32885193.
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    5. Gilmartin HM, Liu VX, Burke RE. Web Exclusive. Annals for Hospitalists Inpatient Notes - The Role of Hospitalists in the Creation of Learning Healthcare Systems. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Jan 21; 172(2):HO2-HO3. PMID: 31958842.
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    6. McCreight MS, Rabin BA, Glasgow RE, Ayele RA, Leonard CA, Gilmartin HM, Frank JW, Hess PL, Burke RE, Battaglia CT. Using the Practical, Robust Implementation and Sustainability Model (PRISM) to qualitatively assess multilevel contextual factors to help plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate health services programs. Transl Behav Med. 2019 11 25; 9(6):1002-1011. PMID: 31170296.
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    7. Greene MT, Gilmartin HM, Saint S. Psychological safety and infection prevention practices: Results from a national survey. Am J Infect Control. 2020 01; 48(1):2-6. PMID: 31706546.
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    8. Leonard C, Gilmartin H, McCreight M, Kelley L, Lippmann B, Mayberry A, Coy A, Lawrence E, Burke RE. Operationalizing an Implementation Framework to Disseminate a Care Coordination Program for Rural Veterans. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 05; 34(Suppl 1):58-66. PMID: 31098972.
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    9. McCreight MS, Gilmartin HM, Leonard CA, Mayberry AL, Kelley LR, Lippmann BK, Coy AS, Radcliff TA, Côté MJ, Burke RE. Practical Use of Process Mapping to Guide Implementation of a Care Coordination Program for Rural Veterans. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 05; 34(Suppl 1):67-74. PMID: 31098974.
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    10. Gilmartin HM, Pogorzelska-Maziarz M. International responses to the 2015 APIC MegaSurvey. Am J Infect Control. 2019 06; 47(6):729-731. PMID: 31003751.
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    11. Gilmartin H, Lawrence E, Leonard C, McCreight M, Kelley L, Lippmann B, Coy A, Burke RE. Brainwriting Premortem: A Novel Focus Group Method to Engage Stakeholders and Identify Preimplementation Barriers. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Apr/Jun; 34(2):94-100. PMID: 30148746.
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    12. Gilmartin HM, Hessels AJ. Dissemination and implementation science for infection prevention: A primer. Am J Infect Control. 2019 06; 47(6):688-692. PMID: 30850251.
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    13. Knighton SC, Gilmartin HM, Reese SM. Factors affecting annual compensation and professional development support for infection preventionists: Implications for recruitment and retention. Am J Infect Control. 2018 08; 46(8):865-869. PMID: 29880434.
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    14. Pogorzelska-Maziarz M, Gilmartin H, Reese S. Infection prevention staffing and resources in U.S. acute care hospitals: Results from the APIC MegaSurvey. Am J Infect Control. 2018 08; 46(8):852-857. PMID: 29861151.
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    15. Gilmartin H, Saint S, Rogers M, Winter S, Snyder A, Quinn M, Chopra V. Pilot randomised controlled trial to improve hand hygiene through mindful moments. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 10; 27(10):799-806. PMID: 29463769.
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    16. Gilmartin HM, Langner P, Gokhale M, Osatuke K, Hasselbeck R, Maddox TM, Battaglia C. Relationship Between Psychological Safety and Reporting Nonadherence to a Safety Checklist. J Nurs Care Qual. 2018 Jan/Mar; 33(1):53-60. PMID: 28505056.
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    17. Gilmartin HM, Langner P, Gokhale M, Osatuke K, Hasselbeck R, Battaglia C. Does nurse job satisfaction influence adherence to the central line insertion checklist and central line-associated bloodstream infections in the Veterans Health Administration? Am J Infect Control. 2018 05; 46(5):587-589. PMID: 29254610.
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    18. Gilmartin HM, Hessels A. Journal Club: Commentary on "Risk factors for MRSA colonization in the neonatal ICU: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Am J Infect Control. 2017 12 01; 45(12):1405-1406. PMID: 29195585.
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    19. Leonard C, Lawrence E, McCreight M, Lippmann B, Kelley L, Mayberry A, Ladebue A, Gilmartin H, Côté MJ, Jones J, Rabin BA, Ho PM, Burke R. Implementation and dissemination of a transition of care program for rural veterans: a controlled before and after study. Implement Sci. 2017 10 23; 12(1):123. PMID: 29058640.
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    20. Gilmartin H, Goyal A, Hamati MC, Mann J, Saint S, Chopra V. Brief Mindfulness Practices for Healthcare Providers - A Systematic Literature Review. Am J Med. 2017 10; 130(10):1219.e1-1219.e17. PMID: 28687263.
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    21. Reese SM, Gilmartin HM. Infection prevention workforce: Potential benefits to educational diversity. Am J Infect Control. 2017 Jun 01; 45(6):603-606. PMID: 28549512.
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    22. Gilmartin HM, Sousa KH, Battaglia C. Capturing the Central Line Bundle Infection Prevention Interventions: Comparison of Reflective and Composite Modeling Methods. Nurs Res. 2016 Sep-Oct; 65(5):397-407. PMID: 27579507.
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    23. Gilmartin HM, Sousa KH. Testing the Quality Health Outcomes Model Applied to Infection Prevention in Hospitals. Qual Manag Health Care. 2016 Jul-Sep; 25(3):149-61. PMID: 27367216.
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    24. Gilmartin HM. Use hand cleaning to prompt mindfulness in clinic. BMJ. 2016 Jan 04; 352:i13. PMID: 26728590.
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    25. Gilmartin HM, Larson R. Improving school immunization rates may be as basic as record reconciliation and policy enforcement: a report from a rural Colorado public health/school district initiative. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 May-Jun; 21(3):269-72. PMID: 25548987.
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    26. Gilmartin HM, Pogorzelska-Maziarz M, Thompson S, Sousa KH. Confirmation of the Validity of the Relational Coordination Survey as a Measure of the Work Environment in a National Sample of Infection Preventionists. J Nurs Meas. 2015; 23(3):379-92. PMID: 26673765.
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    27. Reese SM, Gilmartin H, Rich KL, Price CS. Infection prevention needs assessment in Colorado hospitals: rural and urban settings. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Jun; 42(6):597-601. PMID: 24837109.
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    28. Wodrich E, Gilmartin H, Fink RM. Simulation to the rescue! Caring for a pediatric patient in the rural setting. J Nurses Prof Dev. 2013 Jul-Aug; 29(4):197-201. PMID: 23877291.
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    29. Rich KL, Reese SM, Bol KA, Gilmartin HM, Janosz T. Assessment of the quality of publicly reported central line-associated bloodstream infection data in Colorado, 2010. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Oct; 41(10):874-9. PMID: 23498552.
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    30. Gilmartin HM, Grota PG, Sousa K. Isolation: a concept analysis. Nurs Forum. 2013 Jan-Mar; 48(1):54-60. PMID: 23379396.
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    31. Neal CO, Deak E, Chang LS, Gilmartin H, Gade L, Imanishi M, Price C, Brandt ME, Chiller T, Balajee SA. Pseudo-outbreak of Lecanicillium and Acremonium species in orthopedic surgery patients. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Dec; 50(12):4103-6. PMID: 23015668.
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    32. Fink R, Gilmartin H, Richard A, Capezuti E, Boltz M, Wald H. Indwelling urinary catheter management and catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices in Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders hospitals. Am J Infect Control. 2012 Oct; 40(8):715-20. PMID: 22297241.
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    33. Young H, Berumen C, Knepper B, Miller A, Silverman M, Gilmartin H, Wodrich E, Alexander S, Price CS. Statewide collaboration to evaluate the effects of blood loss and transfusion on surgical site infection after hysterectomy. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Jan; 33(1):90-3. PMID: 22173530.
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    34. Banks CM, Gilmartin H, Fink RM. Education methods for maintaining nursing competency in low-volume, high-risk procedures in the rural setting: bridging the theory to practice gap. J Nurses Staff Dev. 2010 May-Jun; 26(3):E1-7. PMID: 20508418.
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    35. Gilmartin HM. Provider-pharmacist education and adherence rates for the oral typhoid vaccine: a pilot study. J Travel Med. 2005 Mar-Apr; 12(2):113-4. PMID: 15996457.
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