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Project Firstline

What is Project Firstline (PFL)?


CDC’s National Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control (IPC)

  • Project Firstline (PFL) launched in October 2020 to provide healthcare workers with the IPC education they need and deserve to protect themselves and their patients from infectious disease threats in healthcare. Project Firstline was created with and for healthcare workers, with the support of a collaborative of diverse healthcare, public health, and academic partners.
  • PFL is a national education and training collaborative of more than 75 healthcare, academic, and public health partners devoted to educating the healthcare workforce about infection prevention and control knowledge and practices.
  • PFL was developed to address long-standing gaps in IPC knowledge and practice in healthcare, which were highlighted most recently as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • PFL is for ALL healthcare workers, regardless of their role, experience, and educational level.
  • PFL delivers critical infection prevention and control training, tools, and resources that are grounded in science and explains the “why” as much as the “what” and the “how” of infection control.

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Who Can Use Project Firstline?

Project Firstline materials were made for ALL healthcare workers in ALL healthcare settings

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Key Features of Project Firstline

Core Training:

  • Address workforce infection control training needs now, delivered by short and easy to access training videos

Practical Tools:

  • Support for everyone working in a healthcare facility as they use infection control practices during their workday

Partner Engagement:

  • Share information in all healthcare settings through trusted partners
  • Ensure that training content and tools are available to healthcare workers who need them


  • Connect infection control experts with the local healthcare community so that they may become an ongoing resource


  • Deepen knowledge to better inform infection control recommendations
  • Develop new ways to connect and provide IPC training, tools, and resources to a wide range of adult learners


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