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I am pleased to announce that three (3) faculty members from the ELAC Allied Health Department will be presenting at this upcoming CDC sponsored conference "PROJECT FIRSTLINE: INFECTION CONTROL IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CURRICULUM"

Here's information on the Department of Allied Health's partners: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Hospital Association and the League for Innovation in the Community College

Project Firstline Community College Collaborative Conference – Spring 2022

Planned as a major dissemination and professional development event, the online conference’s primary objectives are to (a) share project resources with the broader community college nursing and allied health field, and (b) provide guidance and practical examples of ways to integrate Project Firstline concepts and materials into existing curriculum. The conference will feature programming such as presentations by infection control subject-matter experts from AHA and CDC; sessions focused on principles of instructional design in effective teaching and learning; presentations/panels sharing community college approaches to enhancing infection control curriculum developed and implemented during the project; sessions featuring AHA’s legacy content module; and a showcase of Project Firstline partner organizations’ project resources. Other possible networking opportunities include scheduling appointments and small-group discussions on topics of interest. The conference will be widely promoted among community college nursing and allied health faculty, administrators, and preceptors, as well as other interested parties as determined by the AHA, CDC, and the League.

Conference Schedule and Session Topics

12:00-12:30 ET Opening General Session (Welcome & introductions; CDC overview of Project Firstline and project/other resources) Katherine Johnson &/or Elizabeth McClune

12:45-1:45 ET Project Firstline Partner Showcase (Online Expo for PFL partners to share resources with conference participants)

2:00-3:15 ET General Session: Introducing Infection Control, Dr. Abigail Carlson

3:30-4:15 ET College Panel (4 concurrent sessions) facilitated by the Curriculum Coaches

  • Integrating infection control into cohort-specific professions with real-world examples as it relates to the workplace environment.

12:00-12:30 ET General Session: Introduction to Project Firstline Educational Resources and Overview of the Project Firstline Community College Collaborative Faculty Resource Kit

12:30-2:00 ET Resource Kit Workshop (4 concurrent sessions) Sessions led by Curriculum Coaches

  • Working session: breakout by cohort discipline which will include specific instructional design and teaching and learning strategies with the opportunity to build out/enhance the curriculum.

2:15-3:00 ET Panel Session facilitated by Dr. Stacey Ocander

  • Experts in ventilation, infection control, and risk management discuss the environmental aspect of patient safety and how to build these aspects into the curriculum.

3:15-4:00 ET General Session: Built Environments and Infection Control, Jonathan Flannery

12:00-3:00 ET Faculty Resource Kit Work Session (4 concurrent sessions)

  • This session builds upon the Day 2 Resource Kit concurrent sessions, where attendees begin to develop learning activities that support the practical application of infection control.

3:15-4:00 ET Closing General Session: Where do we go from here or What’s next


Fall 2022 enrollment application deadline is June 30, 2022.

Email: @email to request for an application.
Mandatory Orientation for the Fall 2022 Semester is on August 6, 2022.

Spring 2023 enrollment application deadline is December 31, 2022.

Email: @email to request for an application.
Mandatory Orientation for the Spring 2023 Semester is on January 7, 2023.

Contact Information


Dept. Location: G5-211L


Monica Thurston, Ed. S., MBA, RHIA
Department Chair, Allied Health
Program Director, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, and Health Occupations

Email: @email
Phone: (323) 780-6802
Google Voice Number (562) 980-5185