For Immediate Release: National Network of Public Health Institutes Joins CDC-Led Effort to Train the Nation’s Public Health Workforce on Infection Prevention and Control

Maurice Starks, National Network of Public Health Institutes,
Marcy Barnett, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, National Network of Public Health Institutes,

NNPHI and Eight National Partners Working Together on Project Firstline, a CDC-Led Initiative to Train Healthcare and Public Health Workers on Infection Prevention and Control

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is announcing its participation in a nationwide effort to provide online training modules to healthcare workers on the frontlines of infection control. Project Firstline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national training collaborative for infection prevention and control (IPC), will help prepare healthcare workers and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats.

This is an important initiative. Experience with COVID-19 has illustrated how important infection control measures can be to ensure the health of the nation.

Project Firstline will build infection control training expertise within the public health workforce to support a shared culture of infection control with healthcare communities everywhere. This first-of-its-kind program will train healthcare personnel and public health professionals to help prevent and stop the spread of infectious diseases, including the COVID-19. CDC brings decades of experience in infection control to this training collaborative; while NNPHI is leveraging its extensive network and deep relationships in the public health sector to engage professionals across the country in this critically important initiative.

CDC’s engagement of national partners such as NNPHI and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) demonstrates the important role of public health and local health departments in advancing infection control. NNPHI is proud to participate alongside NACCHO in Project Firstline’s coalition—which includes healthcare, and academic partners, while deploying more than 40 public health institutes and ten regional public health training centers—to support development and dissemination of an innovative, interactive infection control curriculum for healthcare and public health workforces across the United States.

For more information about Project Firstline, visit For more information about NNPHI, visit


About the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Mobilizing more than 40 public health institutes throughout 32 states along with ten university-based regional training centers and 40 training affiliates, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) supports national public health system initiatives and strengthens public health institutes to promote multi sector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes. NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training – NCCPHT. To learn more about NNPHI, visit

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