Project Firstline Community College Collaborative: Enhancing Infection Control in Health Professions Curricula

Click here to access the Faculty Resource Kit and other project resources.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored gaps in infection control knowledge and practice in healthcare settings nationwide. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Project Firstline to offer educational resources desgned to empower and enable healthcare workers to think critically about infection control. The CDC partnered with the American Hospital Assocation and the League for Innovation in the Community College to develop the Proejct Firstline Community College Collaborative to assist faculty in enhancing infection control content in their courses, with the goal of helping healthcare workers start their careers with the infection control knowledge and realities of practice they need to keep themselves and their patients safe. 

As part of the Project Firstline Community College Collaborative, in the summer and fall of 2021 teams of community college health professions faculty at 16 colleges used Project Firstline resources to enhance their infection control curricula and implement changes in their courses and programs. The process and tools they used were designed to assist faculty in evaluating current curriculum and provide guidance on integrating identified infection control objectives. The Project Firstline Faculty Resource Kit includes these materials as well as additional resources.

Project Firstline Community College Collaborative: Participating Colleges

Teams from the 16 colleges listed below participated in the curricula enhancement and implementation during summer and fall of 2021. Faculty teams represented emergency medical services, respiratory therapy, medical assistant, nurse assistant, practical nursing, and nursing programs.  

  • Albany Technical College 
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College
  • Columbus State Community College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Edmonds College
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Independence Community College
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jackson College
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • San Jacinto College
  • Seattle Central College
  • Tacoma Community College


Cynthia Wilson, Vice President, Learning, and Chief Impact Officer



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