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Project Firstline

What is Project Firstline?

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

Project Firsline is committed to creating resources that help frontline healthcare workers understand and confidently apply the infection control principles and protocols necessary to protect themselves, their families, and their community. 

CDC's Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that aims to provide engaging, innovative, and effective infection control training for millions of frontline U.S. healthcare workers as well as members of the public health workforce. 

Project Firstline's innovative content is designed so that—regardless of a healthcare worker's previous training or educational background—they can understand and confidently apply the infection control principles and protocols necessary to protect themselves, their facility, their family, and their community from infectious disease threats, such as COVID-19. 

Every frontline healthcare worker should understand infection control principles and protocols and feel they can confidently apply them to protect themselves, their facility, their family and their community. The CDC and DC Health have collaborated on a new infection control training, Project Firstline. Project Firstline is designed to help every frontline healthcare worker gain that knowledge and confidence.

To stop the spread of infectious disease threats—including COVID-19—everyone working in a healthcare facility needs to know the basic building blocks of infection control. All staff must understand and be ready to implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their workday, including during every patient care activity and healthcare interaction, and anytime they may come into contact with transmissible disease.

Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that have come together to make that happen. Together, the collaborative will provide millions of frontline healthcare workers and members of the public health workforce the infection control training they need to protect themselves, their patients and their communities from infectious disease threats.

Project Firstline Factsheet 

Project Firstline trainings are:

ARE EMPOWERING

Core Training to address immediate workforce infection control training needs, delivered via short and accessible training videos.

Practical Tools to support everyone working in a healthcare facility as they implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their workday. 

ARE IMMERSIVE

Partner Engagement to share information across all healthcare settings through trusted partners and channels, ensuring that training content and tools are delivered to healthcare workers who need them. 

Mentorship to connect infection control experts with their local healthcare community so that they may become an ongoing resource.

PROVIDE LASTING RESULTS

Public Health Technical Capacity Building to leverage the public health workforce to facilitate knowledge and tool sharing between public health departments and their local clinical communities.

Innovation to deepen knowledge to better inform infection recommendations. Project Firstline develops innovative content to provide infection control training to a diverse range of adult learners. 

Who is Project Firstline For?

Project Firstline will reach healthcare workers in all healthcare settings including:

  • Acute care hospital
  • Assisted living facility
  • Behavioral health treatment facility
  • Community health center
  • Correctional facility
  • Critical access hospital
  • Dental facility
  • Educational setting
  • Freestanding emergency department 
  • Group home
  • Home health
  • Hospice 
  • In-home behavioral health/developmental disability service provider 
  • Long-term acute care hospital
  • Medical group practice
  • Nursing home 
  • Oncology
  • Outpatient dialysis facility
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • State psychiatric hospital
  • Urgent Care 

Healthcare workers include:

  • Case Manager
  • Direct support professional
  • Emergency medical technician/paramedic
  • Environmental services 
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health educator 
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Infection preventionist 
  • Laboratorian
  • Licensed mental health provider 
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Non-clinical support staff (e.g. nutritional or patient services)
  • Nursing assistant (Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants)
  • Certified Medical Assistants
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacist 
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Qualified mental health/developmental disability provider 
  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • Social services
  • Technician
  • EVS
  • Housekeeping
  • Front Office Staff/Administrative
  • Dietary Staff 
  • Social Services Staff 
  • Therapy (Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech Therapist and Therapy Aides 
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Medical and nursing assistants
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Environmental service, kitchen, and laundry staff
  • Administrative and clerical staff

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

Mentorship:

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

Innovation:

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

Project Firstline CDC Videos

For Everyone

Inside Infection Control: Episode 1 - What’s the Goal of Infection Control? (Video – 4:06) View transcript (TXT – 3 KB)

Inside Infection Control: Episode 2 - SARS-CoV-2? COVID-19? What’s the Difference? (Video 3:16) View transcript (TXT – 3 KB)

Inside Infection Control: Episode 3 – What’s a Virus? (Video 4:23) View transcript (TXT – 4 KB)

Inside Infection Control: Episode 4 – What’s a Respiratory Droplet? Why Does it Matter? (Video – 5:07) View transcript (TXT – 4 KB)

For Nursing Homes

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (video – 1:00:05)

Keep COVID-19 Out! (Video – 6:04)

Closely Monitor Residents for COVID-19 (Video – 7:16)

Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Correctly for COVID-19 (Video – 12:01)

Sparkling Surfaces: Stop COVID-19’s Spread (Video – 7:09)

Clean Hands: Combat COVID-19! (Video- 7:24)

For Dialysis Professionals

Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings (Course – PowerPoint)

Frontline Staff Toolkit for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities: Infection Prevention Basics (Video – 8:03)

Frontline Staff Toolkit for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities: Personal Protective Equipment (Video – 19:54)

Frontline Staff Toolkit for Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities: Screening and Patient Placement (Video – 13:08)


Earn Certificates and CEU's

Earn a Certificate of Completion for watching Inside Infection Control episodes on CDC TRAIN. Launch the video from TRAIN to receive your certificate.

Earn continuing education by completing a Project Firstline module through Training and Continuing Education Online(TCEO).

Project Firstline Events

About Project Firstline Events

You Speak. We Listen.

Frontline healthcare workers:

We heard you loud and clear. We know you want the opportunity to connect directly with CDC and DC Health experts, ask questions, and learn how to confidently apply the infection control principles and protocols necessary to protect yourself, your facility, your family, and your community!

Our events offer you an opportunity to do just that and complement other Project Firstline and infection control trainings and tools. No matter your role in healthcare, your educational background or previous infection control training, Project Firstline events are for you!

Upcoming Events

Long Term Care Facility/Assisted Living Facility Monthly WebEx Training Session Dates

November 3, 2021 – Topic 2: The Basic Science of Viruses

December 1, 2021 – Topic 3: How Respiratory Droplets Spread COVID-19

January 5, 2022 – Topic 4: How Viruses Spread from Surfaces to People

February 2, 2022 – Topic 5: How COVID-19 Spreads: A Review

March 2, 2022 – Topic 6: Multi-Dose Vials

April 6, 2022 – Topic 7: PPE Part 1 – Eye Protection

If you would like to register for any upcoming events or trainings please email [email protected] with Project Firstline in the subject line.

Event Recordings

Can’t make an event? We’ve got you covered! Whether you missed out or want to listen in again, you can check out past events below:

COVID-19: What Physicians Need to Know (Originally aired October 29, 2020 1-2 pm ET)

Low resolution version View transcript (pdf)

 


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