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About Project Firstline

Project Firstline is a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which brings together diverse health care and public health collaborators to provide infection control training to the more than 6 million health care professionals in the United States, as well as members of the public health workforce. The American Nurses Association is partnering with the CDC in this initiative.

Project Firstline aims to prepare frontline health care professionals and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This stronger, better prepared workforce will also improve the prevention of health care-associated infections, including those caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Project Firstline resources include support to 64 health departments in the U.S. and more than a dozen collaborators, to help ensure this effort reaches all health care professionals. To reach this goal, Project Firstline revolves around five core components, the first two, educational in nature, will be featured on Nursing World. Education offered on Nursing World through Project Firstline will begin as short, web-based, intensive modules focused on the foundational concepts of infection prevention and control and grounded in behavior change principles and practices. Check back for frequent updates and new education!


Core Training
Core Training to address immediate workforce infection control training needs, delivered via short and accessible training videos.
Practical Tools
Practical Tools to support everyone working in a health care facility as they implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their workday.
Partner Engagement
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
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.

For the latest COVID-19 practice, policy and vaccines information visit ANA’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

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