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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Project Firstline has expanded its Spanish translation of infection control resources.
This content follows the prior Spanish release of Project Firstline’s Facilitator Toolkit with training session plans and accompanying PowerPoint slides, designed to help healthcare workers with different learning styles and busy schedules facilitate infection control trainings.
What’s Included in The New Spanish-Language Resources?
Spanish-speaking healthcare professionals can now access a variety of educational materials on infection control, including additional training toolkits on several topics:
Printable materials and job aids on infection prevention and control are also available in Spanish.
Additionally, a Spanish-language webpage and video shows how to identify risks of infection in healthcare, covering the following topics:
- Common germ reservoirs in healthcare
- Common germ transmission routes in medical care
- Questions to ask yourself before performing tasks to help identify infection control risks and stop the spread of germs
Why Is Spanish-Language Content Important?
Spanish was the most common non-English language spoken in US homes in 2019, and 39% of those who spoke Spanish at home spoke English “less than very well,” according to a 2022 US Census Bureau Report.
This creates a strong need for Spanish-language materials in healthcare for both providers and patients.
Project Firstline materials are designed so that healthcare workers — regardless of their prior training or education — can confidently understand and apply the infection control principles and protocols necessary to protect themselves and their facility, family, and community from the threats of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.
By providing Spanish-language materials, Project Firstline can continue to meet the diverse needs and preferences of the healthcare workforce.
What is Project Firstline?
COVID-19 worsened the many health disparities already facing people of color and revealed long-standing gaps in infection control knowledge and understanding among frontline healthcare workers.
This is why 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 control knowledge and understanding they need and deserve.
What Can You Do to Promote Infection Control in Your Healthcare Setting?
Help keep yourself, your colleagues, and your patients safe from infectious disease threats, such as COVID-19, by building on your infection control knowledge!
To show your dedication, sign this pledge to complete an infection control training or activity through CDC’s Project Firstline!
You can access more information about infection prevention and control in healthcare by visiting resources from CDC Project Firstline.
Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio is working with the National Hispanic Medical Association to bring Project Firstline infection control educational content to healthcare workers, so they are equipped with the knowledge they need to protect themselves, their facilities, and their patients (Latinos and all communities) from infectious disease threats in healthcare settings.
Check out some of the articles from this partnership:
- What is Project Firstline?
- What is the Goal of Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings?
- What’s a Virus?
- What is Ventilation and Why Does It Matter?
- Contact Time: What is It and How Does it Impact Infection Control?
- The Surprising Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfection
- What’s a Respiratory Droplet and Why Does It Matter?
- We Need to Talk about Hand Hygiene Again
- Why are Gowns, Gloves, and Eye Protection Recommended for COVID-19?
Check out some of the Latino healthcare workers who are heroes for infection control:
- Anna Valdez: Tackling Infection Control with Education from Classroom to Clinic
- Wanda Montalvo: Preventing Infections in Community Health Centers, Latino Communities
- Ricardo Correa: Endocrinologist and Infection Control Leader for the Latino Community
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a collaboration between Salud America!, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the CDC’s Project Firstline. To find resources training materials, and other tools to bolster knowledge and practice of infection control, visit Project Firstline and view Salud America!’s infection control content.