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Infection Prevention and Control Workforce Training and Development Model, Tools, and Resources Developed by CDC’s Project Firstline Training Program

  • Program: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Background: The decades-long shortage of a skilled public health workforce was exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing the use of trained infection prevention and control specialists in both clinical and public health positions meets a growing need for community health education focused on reducing infectious diseases. IPC positions at hospitals, health departments, congregate facilities, and workplaces have diverse experience and skill requirements reflecting a still evolving workforce and academic IPC competency standardization process. Methods: NNPHI sponsored a deeper dive into assessing the needs and resources available to IPCs working in the field, with a focus on CDC Project Firstline Training resources as well as the larger body of online IPC training and educational content. Results: In partnership with NNPHI, Maximus Public Health reviewed and assess publicly available IPC training material using NNPHI developed Quality Standards to understand the landscape of material and digital tools available to the IPC community. Using a Design Thinking Framework, we developed archetypes reflecting the highest priority needs and experiences of the existing IPC workforce as well as the next decade of workforce and technological growth. We used key IPC archetypes to identify a prioritized roadmap of digital tools, resources, and solutions recommended for the IPC workforce. Using community health work as a model, we developed an IPC career path and career journey resources that can be used to help socialize and promote competency-based IPC job descriptions and training resources. Conclusion: The tools and resources developed in collaboration with NNPHI, CDC, and Tulane University, contribute to the development and further refinement of infection prevention and control activities and competencies across the clinical and public health workforce. Additional tools are needed to further increase the ability of the IPC workforce to access, complete, and track both remote and on-the-job training material using the best resources across multiple platforms
Amber Bickford Cox
Maximus Public Health
Director Epidemiology
  • Linked Session ID: 945519
  • Authors: Amber Bickford Cox, MPH, PHD1, Mikeisha Oldson2, Serena McCovey2, Jesse Harriman3
    1Maximus Public Health, 2NNPHI, 3Maximus Digital Services
  • Learning Outcome 1: Discuss the impact of the shortage of public health workers focused on infection prevention and control services.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Compare the newly minted IPC roles to that of other solutions used previously for PHWF shortages.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Identify different solutions to expand the public health workforce use of resources presented, such as the rebranding of the Infection Prevention Control Position.
  • Linked Session Title: Reducing Barriers to Preventing the Spread