CDC/STRIVE Infection Control Training

States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE)



DHQP Training Team:

The CDC/STRIVE curriculum was developed by national infection prevention experts led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) for CDC.  See the American Hospital Association’s HRET STRIVE page Getting Hospitals to Zero.

Courses address both the technical and foundational elements of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention.

Courses can be taken in any order. Each course has 1 or more modules.

Individual modules can be used for:

  • new employee training
  • annual infection prevention training
  • periodic training
Recommended Audience
  • All Staff
  • Infection Preventionists
  • Infection Prevention and Control Team/Committee
  • Hospital Leaders
  • Clinical Educators
  • Nurse Managers
  • Physician Managers
  • Environmental Services (EVS) Managers
  • Patient and Family Advisors

Foundational Infection Prevention (IP) Strategies

Competency-based Training, Audits and Feedback
Hand Hygiene
Strategies for Preventing HAIs

SP 101: Strategies for Preventing HAIs [PDF – 90 pages]
Describes the overarching socio-adaptive issues to consider when implementing quality improvement work. It provides strategies to engage senior leaders and physicians in quality improvement initiatives and highlights approaches for overcoming common barriers that arise during new initiatives and quality improvement work.

Environmental Cleaning
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Patient and Family Engagement


Building a Business Case for Infection Prevention


Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia


Supplemental Material

Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)


C. difficile Infection (CDI)


    • initiating Contact Precautions when CDI results are pending and extending them until discharge,
    • implementing environmental cleaning process tools and using an EPA –registered sporicidal agent, and,
    • implementing hand hygiene with soap and water as the preferred method at room exit with enhanced staff training and monitoring.