Project Firstline

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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: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/projectfirstline/about.html

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Upcoming Events

April 15, 2021 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM EST

COVID-19 and Infection Control: Donning & Doffing

The 5th topic in NCUIH's Project Firstline "COVID-19 and Infection Control" series is Donning and Doffing, where we discuss why it is important to put on and take off (or don and doff) your personal protective equipment (PPE) in a certain order, and the principles behind what makes a donning and doffing order safe.

Presenters:

Tiffani Stark, MHA (Host)

Nancy Pierce, RN, BSN, MPH – Fresno American Indian Health Project (Trainer)

Karen Kwok, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, MPH (NCUIH SME)

Who should attend? UIO ED/CEOs, UIO Staff, Feds, IPC Champions, IPC Fellows

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April 22, 2021 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST

COVID-19 and Infection Control: New COVID-19 Strains, Vaccinations, & Safely Using Multidose Vials of Vaccines

Project Firstline presents a training session around COVID-19 strains, vaccinations, and how to safely use multidose vials of vaccines with Dr. Abby Carlson as a special guest commentator for questions and answers.

Presenters:

Karen Kwok, MSN, FNP-BC, MPH (NCUIH)

Jennifer Thompson, BA, BS (Native American Connections)

Dr. Abigail Carlson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who should attend? 

UIO ED/CEOs, UIO Staff, IPC Champions, IPC Fellows

Objectives:

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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

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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

Student

Humboldt State University


Hailey Augustine

Student

University of Washington


Kaleigh Edwards

Student

Washington University in St. Louis

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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.

Overview

Eligibility

Application Package and Process

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Examples of Potential Training Opportunities:

The a-IPC (Associate – Infection Prevention and Control) Entry-level Certification Examination
https://www.cbic.org/CBIC/Get-Certified/Get-Started/a-IPC.htm

IHI Virtual Training Courses with Coaching or Virtual Learning Hours
http://www.ihi.org/education/WebTraining/Pages/default.aspx

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Online Learning Catalogue
https://apic.org/education-and-events/online-learning/

CIC Certification Preparation and Review Course Bundle
https://apic.org/education-and-events/bundled-learning-options/certification-preparation-review-bundle/

Dental Infection Control Certification and Training
https://dentalinfectioncontrol.org/certification/cdipc/
 
Purdue Sterile Processing course
Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
https://www.eventreg.purdue.edu/eC2K/CourseListing.aspx?master_id=5055&master_version=1&course_area=1586&course_number=104&course_subtitle=00

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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.