Overview

The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with the Center for Disease Control’s Project Firstline to make foundational infection control and prevention resources available all frontline staff, regardless of background. We are proud to be a part of Project Firstline, a CDC-led infection control training collaborative created for the millions of frontline US healthcare workers who care for us every day. Launched in 2020, Project Firstline offers educational materials to ensure all workers in healthcare are empowered with the knowledge they need to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases.​​​​​​​
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Educational Resources

CDPH Educational Resources
  • CDPH Trainings: The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with CDC's Project Firstline to develop Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) trainings for frontline healthcare workers. These trainings will showcase real case-studies from Chicago-based healthcare facilities, feature IPC demonstrations, and are designed to supplement existing trainings by CDC's Project Firstline.
CDC Educational Resources
  • Learn about Infection Control in Health Care: CDC’s Project Firstline provides innovative and accessible resources so all healthcare workers can learn about infection control in health care. Topics include: the basic science of viruses, how respiratory droplets spread COVID-19, how viruses spread from surfaces to people, multi-dose vials, PPE, hang hygiene, virus strains, environmental cleaning and disinfection, etc.
  • Lead an Infection Control Training: Our facilitator toolkit is designed to work with your team’s learning styles and busy schedules. Whether you’ve got 10 minutes, or 60, we’ve got resources to help you deliver a great training.
  • Infection Control and COVID-19: Find relevant, bite-sized educational content about current outbreaks and diseases.
  • Explore Project Firstline Partnerships: Explore activities from over 75 partners nationally, including the American Health Care Association, the American Nurses Association, APIC Consulting Services, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, National Hispanic Medical Association, several university and community college partners, etc.
  • Access Infection Control Educational Materials: Find multimedia resources - including short videos, fact sheets, job aids, infographics, posters, printed materials, interactive computer lock screens, and social media graphics - to utilize at your facility on foundational IPC topics.
  • Earn Continuing Education: Earn CE’s on CDC Train for PFL content.
  • Translated Resources: IPC materials translated into Spanish & additional languages.
CDC’s Training Toolkits
  • Foundational Infection Control Training: Lead trainings with our toolkit, which includes a Facilitator Toolkit Guide, Inside Infection Control Participant Booklet, Project Firstline is for You Poster, Session Feedback Form, and Facilitator Self-Assessment Form. All sessions have scripted slide sets for 60, 20, or 10 minute trainings.
    • Topics: The Concept of Infection Control, The Basic Science of Viruses, How Respiratory Droplets Spread COVID-19, How Viruses Spread from Surfaces to People, Multi-Dose Vials, PPE Part 1 – Eye Protection, PPE Part 2: Gloves & Gowns, PPE Part 3: Respirators, Hand Hygiene, Virus Strains, Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection, Source Control, Ventilation, Asymptotic Spread
  • Recognizing Risk using Reservoirs Training Toolkit: Three scripted sessions including session plans, slide sets, and participant booklets. Topics: What Does it Mean to Recognize A Risk?, How Germs Make People Sick, Recognizing Risk Using Reservoirs
  • Introduction to Reservoirs: Where Germs Live Training Toolkit: Three scripted sessions including session plans, slide sets, and participant booklets. Topics: Body Reservoirs, Healthcare Environment Reservoirs, Body & Healthcare Environment Reservoirs
  • Interactive Resources: Project Firstline has engaging, interactive resources to increase and test your infection control knowledge no matter your healthcare setting.

Webinars

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding the 2023 Chicago Department of Public Health’s Project Firstline: Infection Prevention Essentials Webinar Series.

Review the Illinois Health & Hospital Association & the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Project Firstline: Infection Prevention Essentials Webinar 2022 Series. Project Firstline is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) collaborative aimed to providing infection prevention and control (IPC) training to frontline healthcare workers and the public health workforce.​​​​​​​
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1en-Rg_ete_ujx0EX5mniEA816oKek_5

Newsletters

2023 CDPH Project Firstline Infection Prevention Essentials Newsletter
As a CDC Project Firstline Partner, the Chicago Department of Public Health is excited to share new infection control educational resources and training materials that are available to you. These resources, developed with and for healthcare workers, provide you with the tools you need to guide your teams to prevent infection.

Sign up for CDPH’s 2023 Project First: Infection Prevention Essentials series at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GXVJWK
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Review the Illinois Health & Hospital Association & the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Project Firstline: Infection Prevention Essentials 2022 newsletter series.

2024 Newsletters
January 2024 Newsletter: Respiratory Viruses

2023 Newsletters
February 28, 2023 Newsletter: CDPH's Infection Prevention Essentials Newsletter Sign Up
September 2023 Newsletter:  Environmental Services
October 2023 Newsletter: Infection Control
November 2023 Newsletter:  Antimicrobial/Antibiotic Resistance
December 2023 Newsletter: Respiratory Virus Season

2022 IHA & CDPH's Project Firstline:Infection Prevention Essentials Newsletter Series

June 27, 2022 Newsletter: Introduction Project Firstline and The Concept of Infection Control
June 29, 2022 Newsletter: The Basic Science of Viruses
July 13, 2022 Newsletter: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
July 20, 2022 Newsletter: PPE Part 1 – Eye Protection
July 27, 2022 Newsletter: PPE Part 2 – Gloves and Gowns
August 3, 2022 Newsletter: PPE Part 3 – Respirators
August 10, 2022 Newsletter: Source Control
August 17, 2022 Newsletter: Ventilation
August 24, 2022 Newsletter: Hand Hygiene
August 31, 2022 Newsletter: Outbreak Management
September 7, 2022 Newsletter: Multi-Dose Vials

Lead A Training

CDC Project Firstline Facilitator Toolkit: CDC’s facilitator toolkit is designed to work with your team’s learning styles and busy schedules. Whether you’ve got 10 minutes, or 60, CDC has resources to help you deliver a great training.

You don’t need to be an infection control expert to lead these trainings. The resources in this toolkit will help you along the way: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/projectfirstline/resources/facilitator-toolkit.html

Explore Project Firstline Partnerships

CDC Project Firstline believes partnerships bring greater impact.  Project Firstline partners regularly host events, create tools, and publish resources to support frontline healthcare workers in better understanding and applying infection control actions correctly, every day. Here is a list of our partners: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/projectfirstline/partnerships/partners.html 

Below are some highlights of the infection control resources and tools Project Firstline partners have developed as a part of their work with Project Firstline. https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/projectfirstline/partnerships/activities.html 

Earn Continuing Education

Project Firstline

For more information on the CDC’s National Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/projectfirstline/index.html

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is proud to partner with the CDC’s Project Firstline to identify priority infection prevention and control (IPC) training needs among frontline healthcare personnel in a variety of care settings across the City of Chicago.
If you have any questions, please contact projectfirstline@cityofchicago.org.

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