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Project Firstline: 

UIO Funding Opportunity Pre-Application Webinar Today @ 1:00 PM Eastern

NCUIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on an infection prevention and control (IPC) training initiative for UIO healthcare workers designed to protect the nation from infectious disease threats such as COVID-19. 

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Wednesday September 9, 1:00pm ET


UIO Infection Prevention & Control "Champion" Funding Opportunity 

5 Awards Up to $40,000
Application Deadline 9/30/2020
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Goal of the Champion Initiative

Identify and implement sustainable UIO systemic changes in infection prevention and control critical to a culture of safety and create organizations that are flexible and responsive to ongoing needs during the pandemic and beyond.  



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Opportunity Overview for UIO IPC Systems Champions (IPCSC)

  • Maximum of 5 UIOs will be selected
  • Competitive awards of up to $40,000
  • Duration of participation is 8 months (November 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021)
  • Application deadline: September 30, 2020 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Participation requires a commitment to complete the core set of required activities
  • Selected Systems Champions will support information gathering, training module and modality development, pilot testing of materials, and participation in frontline staff training within their organization, including potential participation in CDC-supported Project Echo activities
  • NCUIH staff bring expertise, experience and support in multiple performance improvement methodologies, including LEAN, Six Sigma, and Just Culture
  • Participants are provided access to CDC and other subject matter and training experts
  • Option to participate in additional infection prevention and control train-the-trainer opportunities offered by CDC

Additional Opportunities

RFA for Part-time Consultant - UIO Virtual Trainer
Facilitator for 15-20 virtual training sessions for UIO healthcare staff on infection prevention and control topics with content created by NCUIH and CDC.  Applications due 9/14/20.
RFA for Part-time Consultant - Infection Prevention and Control Program Subject Matter Expert  
Consultant for UIO health care and other frontline staff in the assessment, implementation, and improvement of successful infection prevention and control programs and practices in outpatient clinic settings. Applications due 9/14/20.
Student Fellowships for Public Health, Health, and Communications Students  
Infection prevention and control training focus (COVID-19, influenza, etc.) during student-defined 3 – 9 month training period; with monthly stipend. Applications due 9/30/20.
Professional Development Scholarships for Individual UIO Staff   
UIO staff can scholarships for professional development certification and training to support infection prevention and control or systems-based training to improve UIO approaches to care (safety, just culture, teams-based care). Applications accepted on rolling basis.
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By NCUIH, posted on Wednesday September 9, 2020
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