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Project Firstline

Project Firstline

The power to stop infections. Together.

Project Firstline is the CDC's National Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has partnered with the CDC in an effort to provide millions of frontline healthcare workers and members of the public health workforce with the infection control training they need to protect themselves, their facilities and their communities from infectious disease threats.

Project Firstline aims to provide every person working in a U.S. healthcare facility a foundational understanding of infection control. To stop the spread of infectious disease threats -- including COVID-19 -- anyone working in a healthcare facility needs a foundational knowledge of infection control and must understand and be ready to implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their workday, including during every patient care activity and healthcare interaction.

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

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Personal Care and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Home Health
  • Dental Clinics
  • Pharmacies

Project Firstline Benefits

  • Core Training
  • Practical Tools
  • Partnership Engagement
  • Mentorship
  • Public Health Capacity
  • Innovation

Click here to view the Project Firstline Fact Sheet.

Learning Needs Assessment

Work in healthcare or public health? No matter your role, training, or educational background, Project Firstline is here to help you feel confident applying infection control practices. Complete this short, confidential, and anonymous survey to help PDPH identify gaps in infection prevention and control knowledge, so we can better help Philadelphia!

Inside Infection Control Vlog Series

Check out the new Inside Infection Control vlog series where the CDC discusses critical infection control topics every frontline health care worker needs to know. The short CDC videos feature Dr. Abby Carlson, an infectious diseases doctor with experience on the front lines of COVID-19 and as a Project Firstline staffer.

Episode 1: What's the Goal of Infection Control?

Episode 4: What's a Respiratory Droplet? Why Does it Matter?

Episode 2: SARS-CoV-2? COVID-19? What's the Difference?

Episode 5: How Do Viruses Make You Sick?

Episode 3: What's a Virus?

Episode 6: How Do Viruses Spread from Surfaces to People?

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