Outreach and Partnerships

The Special Projects Team (SPT) conducts outreach and partnership engagement projects and activities. We work to prevent COVID-19 and other healthcare-associated infections in Washington state.

Team members partner with:

  • Healthcare Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance (HAIAR) staff
  • department offices
  • local health jurisdictions
  • local, state, and federal agencies
  • long-term care associations and partners
Blue and orange circles showing areas of specialty

The SPT:

  • offers information to staff and internal and external customers on HAIAR partnerships issues.
  • supports program planning and evaluation, develops materials, and gathers partners for HAIAR projects.
  • uses process improvement, leads multidisciplinary project teams, facilitates varied groups, and provides help with strategic and long-range planning.

The SPT is also part of the Strategic Partners Program (SPP).

The SPP supports COVID-19 and other healthcare-associated infections prevention work in Washington state. They work to strengthen connections between the department and external partners.

The Special Projects Team supports DOH’s ELC Strengthening HAIAR Program Capacity (SHARP) grant with the CDC. The SPT’s support includes:

  • helping develop and manage vendor contracts
  • maintaining project tracking tools; and
  • managing budgets.

Past training opportunities

Washington State Long-term Care Training for Local Health Jurisdictions

June 22, 2023, The Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Health, in collaboration with the State Office of the Long-term Care Ombuds and representatives of long-term care facilities, have developed training materials to educate the leadership and staff of local health jurisdictions on the state's long-term care system.

October 25, 2022, the DOH and RCS hosted an hour-long webinar on the recently updated CDC recommendations for use of Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP) in nursing facilities. EBP is an important tool to prevent the spread of multi-drug-resistant organisms in facilities.

View the slides from the presentation (PDF)

Nursing Facilities: Enhanced Barrier Precautions Recommendations (PDF)

Templates to assist hospitals in implementing HB1739