Health care workers are the first line of defense against diseases like COVID-19. That’s why the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to present Project Firstline, a collaboration of health care, public health, and academic partners.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in infection prevention and control (IPC) knowledge and practice in healthcare and other settings nationwide. Project Firstline aims to prepare frontline health care professionals – from clinicians to environmental service workers – and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients and their communities from infectious disease threats, such as coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This stronger, better prepared workforce will also improve the prevention of health care associated infections.
Project Firstline offers short, no-cost, web-based, intensive modules focused on foundational concepts of infection prevention and control and grounded in behavior change principles and practices. This training will ensure every worker in every setting is empowered with the science and reasoning behind essential IPC practices, and can confidently apply those practices to protect themselves, their facility, their family, and their community.
Reach out to CDPHE’s Project Firstline team at CDPHE_project_firstline@state.co.us with any questions or training requests.
You can earn continuing education (CE) with Project Firstline.
Several courses are available with CE credit, including:
- The science and reasoning behind the infection control practice of Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection.
- A better understanding of how the spread of germs is impacted by Ventilation, Source Control, and Hand Hygiene.
- The important role that eye protection, gowns, and gloves play in infection control in PPE Basics.
The courses are available through CO.TRAIN and CE credit is offered by Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) as CME, CNE, or CPE.
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The program provides a foundational knowledge of infection control to protect the nation from infectious disease threats by providing:
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 health care facility as they implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their workday.
Partner Engagement to share information across all health care settings through trusted partners and channels, ensuring that training content and tools are delivered to health care professionals who need them.
Mentorship to connect infection control experts with their local health care community so that they may become an ongoing resource.
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 control recommendations, and to develop innovative platforms and content to provide infection control training to a diverse range of adult learners.