Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)

NNPHI seeks a partner to provide Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) expertise that will inform NNPHI’s activities related to COVID-19 and Project Firstline.

Funding Amount: Up to $75,000

Project Period: September 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021

Eligibility: This opportunity is available to members of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Public Health Training Centers, and consultants/contractors.

Review the funding opportunity here.


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. To learn more about NNPHI, visit

Project Firstline is a CDC-led, multi-year national training collaborative focused on healthcare infection prevention and control (IPC) related to coronavirus and other infectious agents that aims to train all frontline healthcare personnel in the United States. The project will build an infection control foundation of knowledge and culture of expertise in the healthcare and the public health communities that will help protect patients, healthcare workers and the public. Nine national-level partners, including NNPHI, will help disseminate and deliver CDC- developed IPC training.

The NNPHI role in Project Firstline is threefold:

  • expand the reach of the project by disseminating IPC training, information, and related resources through its existing network of public health institutes, National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training and 10 public health training centers, public health partners, stakeholders and associates;
  • develop a plan to a pilot an IPC training /curriculum development program with two MPH schools of public health; and
  • conduct an evaluation of the impact and reach of the entire project.

NNPHI will engage the public health workforce in Project Firstline through a variety of approaches such as communities of practice, training opportunities, incorporation of IPC principles into new or existing public health/environmental health education and professional credentialing, telementoring, coaching, and related tools and guidance.

Our Work Scope of Work (SOW)

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to establish contract(s) with one or more qualified consultants to assist NNPHI on an as-needed basis to complete Project Firstline activities. NNPHI seeks a partner/technical consultant(s) (herein after referred to as “consultant(s)”) who can provide IPC expertise to NNPHI activities related to Project Firstline. The consultant(s) will report to the Director of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery who is overseeing this project.

It is expected that there will be on-going work on project deliverables, but that the schedule and obligations will vary as determined by NNPHI. The consultant will work in collaboration with NNPHI, CDC National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, and other partners to provide IPC content expertise, guidance, and input on project deliverables. The contract end date is July 31, 2021, with the potential for extension based on project needs and the availability of funding. NNPHI makes no specific guarantee of a minimum or maximum number of hours or amount of services, which shall be required of any single consultant; up to seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) is available for contractor support for the current project period.

NNPHI will provide a specific scope of work (more detailed than the general Scope of Work provided in the RFP) at a later date and the consultant(s) will be expected to provide a delivery schedule and project staff allocation summary (based on the fee schedule submitted as part of this RFP). The consultant(s) will provide a “not to exceed” cost for specific assigned tasks in the more detailed SOW.

The general SOW includes:

  • Review IPC-related training materials, guidance, tools and other public health workforceoriented materials developed by the CDC and others
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of public health/environmental health-focused IPC training and related materials
  • Contribute to the development of a concept of operations for a new IPC certification or credential for public health/environmental health professionals
  • Provide input on a pilot program for Master of Public Health (MPH) schools that will introduce IPC content into existing curricula
  • Engage with public health professionals in Community(ies) of Practice, Project ECHO telementoring sessions, coaching, and other venues
  • Present at meetings and conferences, as applicable
  • Participate in conference calls with partners
  • Perform other tasks as directed by the NNPHI

The consultant should have:

  • Expertise in the fundamentals and principles of epidemiology and public health
  • Deep understanding of infection prevention and control measures, specifically hospitalacquired infection prevention
  • Work experience with the management of infectious disease surveillance/outbreaks
  • Extensive experience developing and delivering training for a public health and/or healthcare audience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Working knowledge of the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) program
  • Some understanding of CDC Cooperative Agreements fiscal requirements
  • Experience working with various stakeholders in the public health sector
  • Understanding of the principles of risk communication


Funds may be used for salaries and benefits for staff engaged in the project, meetings and meeting supplies, approved project-related travel, project supplies, and/or graphic design. Funds are not intended to supplant state or federal funding. Funds may not be used for lobbying activities; ongoing general operating expenses or existing deficits; items for which third-party reimbursement is available; endowments; meeting meals; or capital costs including construction, or renovation.

How to Apply

NNPHI is utilizing a Smartsheet Online System for the proposal submission process. Submit your notice of intent to apply, proposal, and all additional documents through the links provided below. If you have any technical difficulties, please contact Isabella Kaser at

  1. Complete the (optional) notice of intent to apply by 5 pm ET on Friday, August 14, 2020. Click HERE to submit your notice through the NNPHI Smartsheet system.
  2. Submit proposal and required attachments by 5 pm ET on Friday, August 21, 2020. Click HERE to submit via the NNPHI Smartsheet system.


Submit questions about this funding opportunity HERE by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, August 14, 2020. NNPHI will respond to questions within 24 hours. Please check back frequently to review latest questions/answers.

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