What is Project Firstline?
Project Firstline is a nation-wide project supported by CDC and the Washington State Department of Health to provide frontline healthcare workers with infection prevention and control education.
Our goals are to reduce infections by:
- Ensuring Infection Control becomes part of our Healthcare Culture to prevent infectious diseases.
- Supporting Washington healthcare workers to be confident Infection Control practitioners.
Infection control prevents or stops the spread of infections in healthcare settings.
Training and Education
We offer several training and education opportunities for frontline healthcare workers and healthcare facilities to improve and further infection prevention and control in Washington. Some of these resources provide free continuing education credits and are in multiple languages.
Needs Assessment Report
The WA State Project Firstline Infection Control Needs Assessment Report is based on findings from a survey conducted by DOH in collaboration with CDC and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP). The goal of the survey was to better understand the learning needs of Washington's health care workers, specifically in infection control topics, and their preferred training delivery methods. The survey was sent out to health care workers across the state of Washington.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is the leading partner in Project Firstline, and they are providing the training content. To learn more about CDC and their partners, go to Project Firstline website or follow their Facebook and twitter accounts.
- National Indian Health Board (NIHB) - NIHB is providing webinars and opportunities to help Indian Health communities across the nation. For more information, please go to NIHB Project Firstline or contact Carmen Sanders, Public Health Project Coordinator, CSanders@nihb.org
- Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) - University of Washington's NWCPHP is offering eLearning courses and continuing education hours (CEs). News Article: Adapting Training for Frontline Health Workers in Washington
Ask a Mentor
Part of Project Firstline and the Infection Prevention (IP) Champions Program is to provide infection prevention assistance. Our staff are here to help you with questions and training. Submit a request
a-IPC and CIC Certification: Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC)
Connect and get involved
- Request a Facility Code and get involved in our Frontline Infection Prevention (IP) Champions opportunity.
- Subscribe to Washington Project Firstline for up-to-date Project Firstline opportunities and for our Washington Project Firstline and APIC Quarterly Newsletter with a hot topic and updates from our three Washington APIC Chapters.
Join APIC! - Get involved with infection prevention (IP) discussions and connect with the IP community. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs).
For all Project Firstline questions, email ProjectFirstline@doh.wa.gov.