About Project Firstline

CDC’s National Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control
Project Firstline Is For You

To stop the spread of infectious disease threats—including COVID-19—anyone working in a healthcare 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 healthcare interaction.

CDC’s Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that have come together to make that happen.

Infection Control

The right practices can stop pathogens from spreading in healthcare facilities.

Is a Team Effort!
Infection control is most effective when all team members use it consistently.

Infection control is a critical part of safe healthcare delivery in all healthcare settings.

Together, the collaborative will provide millions of frontline healthcare workers and members of the public health workforce the infection control training they need to protect the nation from infectious disease threats.

Project Firstline trainings are:

  • Accessible- no matter your previous training or educational background, you’ll be able to understand each video.
  • Concise- to fit around your busy schedule, each video lasts approximately 10 minutes.
  • Interactive- to keep you engaged, each video has built-in knowledge checks.

Project Firstline’s first training, COVID-19 and Infection Control: The Basics, will be released in mid-November.

Be sure to follow Project Firstline on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email updates to be the first to know when new trainings and tools are released.

Key Features

Project Firstline will reach healthcare workers in all healthcare settings including:

  • hospitals,
  • outpatient clinics,
  • dialysis centers, and
  • nursing homes
Core Training

Core Training to address immediate workforce infection control training needs, delivered via short and accessible training videos.

Practical Tools

Practical Tools to support everyone working in a healthcare facility as they implement infection control protocols and procedures throughout their workday.

Partner Engagement

Partner Engagement to share information across all healthcare settings through trusted partners and channels, ensuring that training content and tools are delivered to healthcare workers who need them.


Mentorship to connect infection control experts with their local healthcare community so that they may become an ongoing resource.

Public Health Technical Capacity Building

Public Health Technical Capacity Building to leverage the public health workforce to facilitate knowledge and tool sharing between public health departments and their local clinical communities.


Innovation to deepen knowledge to better inform infection control recommendations, and to develop innovative platforms and content to provide infection control training to a diverse range of adult learners.

Partnerships Bring Greater Impact

CDC is teaming with a coalition of academic and public health and healthcare partners and 64 state, local, and territorial health departments through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement to develop interactive and empowering infection control training that will improve our nation’s health. These partners include:

State, Local and Territorial Health Departments include:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

District of Columbia, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles County, New York City, Philadelphia.

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau.