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About Project Firstline 

NCUIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on an infection prevention and control (IPC) training initiative for frontline healthcare personnel.

CDC's Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that aims to provide engaging, innovative, and effective infection control training to more than 6 million healthcare personnel in the United States. Project Firstline will provide every person working in a U.S. healthcare facility the foundational understanding of infection control to protect the nation from infectious disease threats such as COVID-19. The project will provide:

The National Council of Urban Indian Health Project Firstline is funded by Centers for Disease Control And Prevention through a National initiative recognized as Project Firstline. For more information visit:

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IPC Gathering

Gathering of People: Operating a UIO During COVID-19 and the Emerging Variants

September 9, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Modeling a traditional "Kawe" (Comanche term for "gathering of people"), NCUIH presents a facilitated discussion on infection, prevention, and control (IPC) best practices for operating UIOs during the global pandemic amidst emerging COVID-19 variants. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, strategies, and tactics in managing their IPC program with a subject matter expert from the CDC.
·       Dr. Abigail Carlson, MD; Medical Officer, Project Firstline, DHQP, CDC
1.       Provide latest information on the Delta virus and emerging variants
2.       Provide an opportunity for UIOs to communicate with a CDC expert and ask relevant questions to obtain guidance relevant in UIO settings
3.       Maintain the Project Firstline momentum and promote activities for the upcoming grant year
UIO ED/CEOs, UIO Staff, Stakeholders, IPC Champions, Community Health and Healthcare workers
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IPC virtual dialogue

NCUIH Project Firstline Infection Prevention and Control Virtual Dialogues
Join NCUIH for either of the two upcoming Virtual Dialogues to hear from fellow UIOs and discuss current needs and thoughts in implementing or augmenting their infection prevention and control trainings, policies, and procedures as it relates to current, emerging, and re-emerging diseases. Your important feedback will help inform the CDC's National training collaborative, Project Firstline, as NCUIH launches additional upcoming training opportunities.
Both Virtual Dialogue sessions will facilitate the same set of discussion topics, please join NCUIH for the session the best aligns with your schedule.
NCUIH Project Firstline IPC Virtual Dialogue Series | Session One
August 31, 2021 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST

Register for 8/31 Session 

NCUIH Project Firstline IPC Virtual Dialogue Series | Session Two
September 7, 2021 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST

Register for 9/7 Session

·       Evelina Maho, MAdm. (Diné), NCUIH
·       Tiffani Stark, NCUIH
·       Panel Moderator – Dionne Apedjihoun, MS., CCRP, NCUIH
1.       Solicit UIOs' feedback on current training needs
2.       Identify key training dates and times and best platforms for the delivery of training content
3.       A glimpse of the prior year's Project Firstline training successes
4.       Recruit for Champions, Fellows, and IPC SMEs for year 2

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Urban Indian Centers Recognized as Infection Prevention Control Champion Sites

FY 2021 Urban Indian Organizations who received the infection prevention and control systems "Champions" grants funded to address local COVID-19, influenza, or systems-focused infection prevention and control projects with core training, development, and support by NCUIH and Centers for Disease Control. The grant awardees (Champion sites) shall identify and implement sustainable UIO system changes in infection prevention and control critical to a culture of safety and create organizations that are flexible and responsive to ongoing needs during he pandemic and beyond. This work shall occur using NCUIH’s ECHO hub through a collaborative approach with expert faculty from National partnerships. Future grant opportunities for other UIOs will be announced here in the near future.

Bakersfield American Indian Health Project

Outreach & Referral Center

Johnny Delgado, Grants & Project Director

Denver Indian Health and Family Services

Full Ambulatory

Aron Wahkinney, Project Director-Contracts and Grants Program

Fresno American Indian Health Project

Outreach and Referral

Nancy Pierce, Director of Health Service

Native American Connections

Residential/Outpatient Treatment Center

Jennifer Thompson, Project Director

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake

Limited Ambulatory; Outreach and Referral

Rochelle Moore, QI & Compliance Officer and Project Director


NCUIH 2021 Project Firstline Fellowship Awardees

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to provide Native American students with the opportunity to increase the work being done in urban Native public health. Project Firstline is a national partnership of nonprofit organizations and academic institutions that aims to provide infection prevention and control training to more than 6 million healthcare personnel in the United States, including Urban Indian Organization (UIO) health care workers. Training content will include foundational information on infection control to protect the nation from infectious disease threats, such as COVID-19.

As part of Project Firstline, the Fellows will assist in the development of training resources for health care workers; communications and outreach materials to support training; resource guides for workers, residents, families and patients; hosting communities of learning; supporting subject matter experts in infectious disease; and gathering research and data on the effectiveness of training and practices.

The 2021 recipients of the NCUIH Project Firstline Fellowship have a focus on urban Native public health.

Antoinette Ascencio


Humboldt State University

Hailey Augustine


University of Washington

Kaleigh Edwards


Washington University in St. Louis


NCUIH Project Firstline: Professional Development Scholarships

NCUIH continues to offer UIO Staff, professional development scholarships for certification, training or conferences on infection prevention and control or in quality improvement.

Scholarship Amount: $1,100 per UIO Staff member.

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications will be reviewed within two-weeks of receipt. For more information, directly contact our staff.



Application Package and Process


Examples of Potential Training Opportunities:

The a-IPC (Associate – Infection Prevention and Control) Entry-level Certification Examination

IHI Virtual Training Courses with Coaching or Virtual Learning Hours

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Online Learning Catalogue

CIC Certification Preparation and Review Course Bundle

Dental Infection Control Certification and Training
Purdue Sterile Processing course
Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)


Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers and public health personnel. NCUIH is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.