The Chicago Department of Public Health ​​​partners with the Center for Disease Control’s Project Firstline to make infection control trainings and educational resources available to all healthcare workers, regardless of background. These resources, developed with and for healthcare workers, provide you with the tools you need to guide your teams to prevent infection. 

Respectful of healthcare workers time, Project Firstline’s materials are designed to accommodate you and your team’s busy schedules. These resources range from in-person or hybrid trainings by CDPH personnel to interactive online scenarios, graphics, and toolkits you can use to host your own infection control trainings.
If you have any questions, please contact projectfirstline@chicago.org

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List of Available In-Person Trainings

  • The Concept of Infection Control
  • The Basic Science of Viruses
  • How Respiratory Droplets Spread COVID-19
  • How Viruses Spread from Surfaces to People
  • How COVID-19 Spreads - A Review
  • Multi-Dose Vials 
  • PPE Part 1 - Eye Protection
  • PPE Part 2 - Gloves & Gowns    
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Virus Strains
  • PPE Part 3- Respirators
  • Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection
  • Source Control
  • Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19
  • Ventilation
  • Prevention of CAUTIs

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Training toolkits / Kits de herramientas para capacitaciones



Facilitator and participant resources

Recursos para facilitadores y participantes

Recognizing Risk Using Reservoirs

Session 1: What does it Mean to Recognize a Risk?

Reconociendo el riesgo de los reservorios

Sesión 1: ¿Qué significa identificar un riesgo?

Session 2: How Germs Make People Sick

Sesión 2: Cómo los microbios enferman a las personas

Session 3: Recognizing Risk Using Reservoirs: A Review

Sesión 3: Identificación de los riesgos por medio de los reservorios: una revisión

Introduction to Reservoirs: Where Germs Live

Session 1: Body Reservoirs

Introducción a los embalses: dónde viven los gérmenes

Sesión 1: Reservorios en el cuerpo

Session 2: Healthcare Environment Reservoirs

Sesión 2: Entorno de atención médica

Session 3: Body and Healthcare Environment Reservoirs: Synthesis

Sesión 3: Reservorios en el cuerpo y en los entornos de atención médica Síntesis

Additional Educational Resources


2024 Newsletters
January 2024 Newsletter: Respiratory Viruses
February 2024 Newsletter: New Year, New PFL Training Topics
March 2024 Newsletter: PFL One-Page Resource, 5 questions to ask when using a disinfectant, Events
April 2024 Newsletter: Measles, World Immz Week, Events

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

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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