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A.J. Williams: Helping Police, Educators Team Up for Regional Handle With Care Program


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As a child, A.J. Williams was exposed to domestic violence. Now a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, Williams is making sure children like him are getting the support they need in school through the Handle With Care program, where police notify schools when they encounter children at a traumatic scene, so schools can provide support the next day. After COVID-19 derailed an idea to team up Fort Worth police and schools for a local Handle With Care program, Williams reinitiated plans with help from a Handle With Care action pack from Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio. He trained police and school leaders about the program and brought regional education leaders to the table who helped create a region-wide notification system. Now police departments and schools in the ...

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The Surprising Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfection


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Cleaning and disinfection are both important for preventing infections from spreading in healthcare settings. But cleaning is not the same as disinfection. Let’s explore the importance of cleaning and disinfection, and the difference between them, with the help of the CDC’s Project Firstline, a training and education collaborative designed to ensure all healthcare workers have the infection control knowledge and understanding they need and deserve to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. What is Cleaning? Cleaning removes things like dust, dirt, grime, and other spills, smears, and everyday messes from surfaces. Cleaning can also remove things that are not visible, like germs. "You can think of cleaning as removing the ‘gunk’ that you can see on ...

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What is the Goal of Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings?



As COVID-19 proved, germs, including bacteria and viruses, can spread quickly. The goal of infection prevention and control is to keep people from getting sick. This is why the CDC launched Project Firstline, a training and education collaborative designed to ensure all healthcare workers, no matter their role or educational background, have the infection prevention and control knowledge and understanding they need and deserve to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. Project Firstline is working with National Hispanic Medical Association and Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio to promote infection prevention and control in healthcare settings. “The goal of CDC’s infection control recommendations is to protect you and everyone in the healthcare ...

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Tatiana Holanda: Cáncer No Es un Oponente, Sino un Maestro


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Por Tatiana Holanda Sobreviviente de cáncer brasileña en San Antonio No veo al cáncer como un oponente "Lo veo como un maestro". Esa es la frase que resume mi historia. A la edad de 33 años, luego de los exámenes, se detectó un bulto en la mama izquierda de 2 cm, en el examen de ultrasonido se clasificó como Birads 4 con indicación de biopsia. En junio de 2019, con el resultado en la mano, se confirmó que tenía cáncer de mama triple negativo. Al principio, desesperación, luego angustia y ansiedad. Hubo 40 días de espera entre el diagnóstico y el inicio del tratamiento. Tuve que sacar fuerzas de algún lado, en ese momento mi hijo Rafael tenía 1 año. Cuando descubrí la enfermedad, pensé: tanto le pedí a Dios un hijo y ¿qué voy a hacer ahora frente al ...

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Clean Hands & Spaces: Helping Schools and Caregivers Build Good Hygiene Habits with Children


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Teachers and administrators play a large role in keeping kids clean and healthy at school. However, it’s also up to caregivers to teach healthy hygiene habits at home. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation created the Clean Hands and Spaces online bilingual training (in English and in Spanish) for teachers, administrators, and staff in schools and Head Start centers. Learn how teachers can work together with caregivers to keep kids clean and healthy. What Is the Clean Hands and Spaces Training? Clean Hands and Spaces is an online bilingual training that aims to help K-12 school and early childhood education (ECE) staff learn how to best encourage good hygiene practices in their educational settings. The training ...

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Clean Hands & Spaces: Creating a Hygiene Plan for an Educational Environment


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Keeping kids clean and healthy at school can be a challenge. Not only do you need to consider how and when to clean an educational environment, but also make sure that cleaning supplies are safely marked and stored. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation created the Clean Hands and Spaces online bilingual training (in English and in Spanish) for teachers, administrators, and staff in schools and Head Start centers. Learn how to create a hygiene plan to help children in an educational environment. What Is the Clean Hands and Spaces Training? Clean Hands and Spaces is an online bilingual training that aims to help K-12 school and early childhood education (ECE) staff learn how to best encourage good hygiene practices in their ...

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The Intersection of Infection Prevention and Control and Healthcare Equity


The Intersection of Infection Prevention and Control and Healthcare Equity

Infection prevention and control are the actions we take in health care to keep people from getting sick. How does that tie into health equity and better health outcomes for all people? Let’s learn from the experts on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) podcast, Stories of Care, part of its partnership with Project Firstline of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC’s Project Firstline is an infection control training and education collaborative designed to ensure all healthcare workers, no matter their role or educational background, have the infection control knowledge and understanding they need and deserve to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. What is Stories of Care? Stories of Care is a CDC Project Firstline podcast ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat: How Schools and Police Can Partner to Support Students Exposed to Trauma


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Children exposed to violence, crime, or abuse still go to school the next day. They may be forced to skip homework, sleep, and breakfast. They may carry the burden of toxic stress that can interfere with their behavior and grades. However, schools are not aware. Fortunately, the “Handle With Care” program enables police to notify school districts when they encounter a child at a traumatic scene, so school personnel and mental health partners can provide appropriate trauma-sensitive interventions. Let’s use #SaludTues on May 3, 2022, to tweet about steps schools, communities, and healthcare professionals can start a Handle With Care program and take steps to become more trauma-sensitive. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How Schools and Police Can Partner to Support ...

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Clean Hands & Spaces: How and When to Wash Hands


Clean Hands & Spaces: How and When to Wash Hands

You often hear that good hand hygiene is about cleaning your hands regularly. But there’s more to it than that. Good hand hygiene means having a hygiene plan, having the right materials, knowing how to implement hygiene among different audiences, and much more. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation created the Clean Hands and Spaces online bilingual training (in English and in Spanish) for teachers, administrators, and staff in schools. Learn how we can create good hand hygiene and why it matters for schools. What Is the Clean Hands and Spaces Training? Clean Hands and Spaces is an online bilingual training that aims to help K-12 school and ECE staff learn how to best encourage good hygiene practices in their educational ...

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