Project Firstline

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About the Project covidwhite
UIO Champion Grant RFA | Staff Professional Development Scholarships |
Student Fellowships |  Project Contacts

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:


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NCUIH Staff Contacts:

Dionne Apedjihoun, MS, CCRP -

Evey Maho (Diné) MAdm.,

Melissa Watson, MPH,

Tiffani Stark, MHA,


UIO IPC Champion Grants

  • Seeking UIO applicants for infection prevention and control systems "Champions" grants: - local COVID-19, influenza, or systems-focused infection prevention and control projects with core training, development, and support by NCUIH and CDC
  • Up to 5 competitive awards up to $40,000

  • Project period ~ November, 2020 - July 1, 2021

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  • Sample Application

Deadline: Closed

UIO Staff Professional Development Scholarships

  • UIO Staff Professional Development Scholarships for certification, training, or conferences on infection prevention and control or related process or quality improvement areas

  • Pre-application webinar October 13
  • Reimbursement up to $1,100 per individual UIO staff member

  • Scholarships based on eligibility, limited to available funds, and processed in the order in which applications are received (no more than 2 per UIO)

  • Awards do not cover fees for associate, bachelor, graduate or other college coursework or degrees

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Deadline ongoing until funding depleted

Student Fellowships

  • Seeking fellowship applications from students in public health, health, communications, nursing, medicine to support CDC-funded infection prevention and control training project activities

  • Must be AI/AN graduate or undergrad student
  • $1,000 monthly stipend 

  • 3 month - 8 month opportunity (student selects timeframe)

  • Work is conducted remotely

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Deadline: CLOSED


Request for Applications (RFA) - UIO IPC Champions Funding Opportunity

NCUIH is recruiting Urban Indian Organizations (UIO) to become Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Systems Champions to undertake locally-defined initiatives accompanied by a core set of requirements for targeted training and development as part of Project Firstline. Selected UIOs will have the opportunity to tailor activities and learning opportunities unique to Indian Country and to share their knowledge and expertise in adapting current IPC guidelines to combat the current COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines of their organizations.

Collaborative activities will be facilitated by NCUIH and co-created by UIO IPC Systems Champions in a model that embraces Champions as teacher-learner and relies on 4 key principles of adult learning (involvement, experience-based, problem-centered, immediate relevance).

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.  

Champion Activity Highlights

Opportunity Overview for UIO IPC Systems Champions (IPCSC)

Deadline: CLOSED


NCUIH Project Firstline Student Fellowships 

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, NCUIH will be developing 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 recipients of the NCUIH Project Firstline Fellowship should have a focus on urban Native public health in one of the following areas:

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Deadline: CLOSED


UIO Staff Infection Prevention and Control Professional Development Scholarships

NCUIH is is offering UIO staff members Professional Development Scholarships.



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)

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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.