Salud Talks Episode 41: Why Are Nurses the Key to Infection Control?


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The pandemic revealed long-standing gaps in infection control knowledge and understanding among the frontline healthcare workforce.

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 to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers.

Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, in partnership with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and CDC Project Firstline, brings you a three-part episode podcast series, “Behind the Mask,” to explore infection control through three specific and diverse healthcare lenses: patient navigators/health screeners/community health workers/promotoras; nurses; and rural healthcare workers.

In this second special Episode 41 of the Salud Talks Podcast, two frontline healthcare workers discuss the role of nurses in infection control.


  • WHAT: A special #SaludTalks Podcast discussion about the role of nurses in infection control. 
  • WHERE: Available on Spotify and SoundCloud.
  • WHEN: The episode went live at 1:30 p.m. on September 26, 2022.
  • WHO: Callie Rainosek and Alyssa Gonzalez, Salud America! Salud Talks Podcast Producers; Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio; Dr. Anna Maria Valdez, PhD, RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN, FAADN; and Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN.

In this episode, we explore questions such as: 

  • What role do nurses play in infection control?
  • What challenges do nurses face related to infection control?
  • How can nurses overcome challenges, and use CDC’s Project Firstline resources to promote infection control?

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTalks to join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram — share more information, stories, and advice about thinking and learning! 

Don’t forget to check out the Salud Talks podcast, and, of course, subscribe on all platforms! 


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