Project Firstline

An Infection Prevention and Control Training Collaborative

Project Firstline is a CDC national training collaborative offering timely infection control training to front line health care workers and the public health workforce in the fight against infectious disease threats. As a key partner in this initiative, AHA is pleased to help bring this critical training opportunity to the health care field and champion sound decision-making and positive behaviors in a time of crisis.

To stop the spread of infectious disease threats—including COVID-19—anyone working in a health care facility needs a foundational knowledge of infection control and must understand and be ready to implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their work day, including during every patient care activity and health care interaction.

AHE is pleased to contribute to this critical education and training opportunity and offer resources supporting health care environmental services professionals in their commitment to a pathogen-free healing environment across all care settings.

Share this page with your manager and other health care front line professionals, and let them know they can follow Project Firstline on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information about upcoming resources and events.

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EVS plays an essential role

EVS Plays an Essential Role in the Fight Against Infection

As the front line of the health care infection prevention and control (IP&C) team, environmental services (EVS) plays an essential role in the fight against the spread of infection - one that creates a cleaner, healthier and safer environment for patients, visitors and fellow health care workers.

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Good Communication Is Critical to Infection Control

A new video toolkit from AHA Team Training and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project Firstline can help health care teams prevent and control infections, improve patient safety and bolster resiliency, writes Christopher Hund, senior director, programming and implementation, at the AHA Center for Health Innovation.

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COVID-19 Resources for Environmental Services

The AHA, in collaboration with AHE, has released a new set of infographics to support frontline health care environmental services personnel with important COVID-19 considerations for cleaning and disinfection, management of medical waste, and general precautions when performing discharge or transfer cleaning. Access the PDF »

AHE Resources

AHE Offers Additional Training Resources for IPC

Proper disinfection techniques in the environment of care directly impacts the rate of health care associated infections and patient outcomes. The Association for the Health Care Environment provides training resources and a variety of signature programs that help environmental services technicians define and maintain standards in the environment of care.

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What Health Care Needs to Know About Infection Control & the Environment of Care


AHE's Executive Director, Patti Costello, hosted CDC’s Drs. Michael Bell and Abigail Carlson who serve as infection control advisors and subject matter experts for Project Firstline, and who discussed what every front line health care worker needs to know about infection control and the environment of care, and why giving EVS leaders a "seat at the table" is crucial to organizational success.

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Project Firstline is a collaborative between CDC and a diverse group of organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Health Research and Educational Trust, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Council on Urban Indian Health, National Indian Health Board, National Network of Public Health Institutes

Project Firstline | CDC's National Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control

The Project Firstline program is a national training collaborative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an AHA 501(c)(3) nonprofit subsidiary.

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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. AHA 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.