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.
Infection control prevents or stops the spread of infections in healthcare settings.
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.
The Project Firstline Podcast, hosted by the Washington State Department of Health, is geared towards frontline healthcare workers to bring awareness to infection prevention and public health practices. We identify the importance and impact of infection prevention on our lives and on the lives of our community.
- Healthcare Associated Infections
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Hand Hygiene
- Multidrug Resistant Organisms (MDROs)
- Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Hospital Settings
- Candida auris (C. auris)
- Respiratory Protection
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs)
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.
Training and education
We offer interactive trainings for Healthcare Workers on:
- Hand Hygiene
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Source Control
- Triage and Screening
- Environmental Cleaning
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 www.nihb.org or contact:
- Carmen Saunders, Public Health Project Coordinator, CSanders@nihb.org
- Courtney Wheeler, Public Health Project Manager, CWheeler@nihb.org
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP)
University of Washington's NWCPHP is offering eLearning courses and continuing education hours (CEs)
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
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 HAI-COVID@doh.wa.gov.