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HAI Infection Prevention Education

The resources below are intended to connect health care facility infection preventionists (IP) with education materials to support their role in preventing, detecting, and responding to healthcare-associated infections (HAI).

IPs play an essential role in facility infection prevention policy development, surveillance, and risk assessment. IPs also serve as a resource to other staff and programs within their facilities.

In addition to the state in-person trainings and online references below, there are a number of links to trusted education resources, including the CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control), the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).


Monthly webinars for IPs

Long-Term Care Education Series

The Long-Term Care (LTC) Education Series provides education presentations on topics that include infection prevention, HAIs, antibiotic stewardship, disease surveillance, and outbreak response for staff at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, local health departments, and other LTC stakeholders. Each session features a new, timely topic presented by the Department of Health Services (DHS) program staff, HAI infection preventionists, partner organizations, or other external subject matter experts.

The LTC Education Series is a monthly webinar series, typically held the fourth Thursday of each month. Register for the LTC Education Series.

IP Lunch and Learn

The IP Lunch and Learn is a webinar series that gives IPs from all care settings the opportunity to come together to discuss introductory infection prevention and control (IPC) topics, as well as share information, network, and ask questions. Each session focuses on a different basic IPC topic area and includes a brief overview with resources and time for attendees to ask questions and share tips and tricks. IPs newer to their role will especially benefit from the information shared.

The IP Lunch and Learn is typically held the second Tuesday of each month. Register for the IP lunch and learn webinar series.

View the full library of education sessions. Links to the presentation slides are available in the description of each Vimeo video. Note: All 2022 and 2023 education sessions can be found by visiting the full library.

Have a topic request?

Send topic ideas or requests that you have for the long-term care education series or the IP lunch and learn series to DHSWIHAIPreventionProgram@dhs.wi.gov.


Project Firstline resources

The Wisconsin HAI Prevention Program has partnered with the CDC to roll-out a new infection control basics training program aimed at frontline health care workers across health care settings. The content is designed so that frontline health care worker can understand and confidently apply infection control principles and protocols necessary to protect themselves, their facility, their families, and their community from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Visit CDC's Project Firstline webpage for more infection control content.

Infection control and COVID-19

Access CDC's Project Firstline training videos below to learn more about infection control and COVID-19.

The following training videos explain the basics of infection prevention and control and provide a high-level overview of viruses.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free continuing education (CE) credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

Contaminated vaccines can make patients sick. The following training videos focus on important injection safety actions to take when using multi-dose vials.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free CE credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

The following training videos focus on the different types of personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye protection, gloves, and gowns.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free CE credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

Respirators are an important piece of personal protective equipment. The following training videos focus on the different types of respirators and how they contribute to infection control.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free CE credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

The following training videos focus on the importance of environmental cleaning and disinfection for infection control.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free CE credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

Learn how ventilation, source control, and hand hygiene all play a role in infection control.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free CE credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

The following training videos focus on COVID-19 and how it spreads.

Some frontline health care workers may obtain free CE credits for viewing these training videos. Visit CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online webpage for more on obtaining CEs.

Infection control training toolkits

Project Firstline offers COVID-19 infection control training toolkits in both English and Spanish.

Print materials

View the CDC and DHS co-branded fact sheets to learn move about infection control and COVID-19.

Interactive scenarios

Project Firstline offers interactive scenarios on choosing the correct PPE. 

Infection control in health care

Access CDC's Project Firstline educational resources to learn more about where germs live in health care settings and how to recognize the risk of spread.

Project Firstline's infection control in health care webpages are meant to provide frontline health care workers with the foundational knowledge on when and how to take action to protect patients, residents, and themselves from infections in health care. Visit the Project Firstline Infection Control in Health Care website to learn where germs live and how to recognize the potential for them to spread and cause infections.

Project Firstline offers additional educational materials in English and Spanish in the form of videos, job aids, micro-learns, and interactive scenarios. The materials provide frontline health care workers with the knowledge necessary to apply infection control practices to prevent infections in health care settings.


Additional resources


Request an infection prevention and control training or educational on-site visit from one of our infection preventionists

The Wisconsin HAI Prevention Program has experienced infection preventionists working in all regions of the state. If you or your facility has specific infection prevention and control questions or training needs, contact us!

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Last revised May 22, 2024