Salud Talks Episode 42: The Role of Rural Healthcare Workers in 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 special Episode 42 of the Salud Talks Podcast, a public health-trained physician discusses the role of rural healthcare workers in infection control.


  • WHAT: A special #SaludTalks Podcast discussion about the role of rural healthcare workers in infection control. 
  • WHERE: Available on Spotify and SoundCloud.
  • WHEN: The episode went live at noon on February 22, 2023.
  • 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; Trinidad Solis, MD, MPH.

In this episode, we explore questions such as: 

  • What is the healthcare environment like in rural settings?
  • Does infection control look different in rural healthcare settings compared to urban healthcare settings?
  • Why is infection control important in rural settings?
  • How can rural healthcare workers 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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