Project Firstline

Project Firstline (PFL) is a partnership between the CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and The Hektoen Institute that aims to provide engaging and effective infection prevention and control training to frontline workers, staff, and members of the public health workforce.

About Project Firstline

Project Firstline provides innovative and accessible infection control education for all frontline healthcare workers – so they can protect their patients, their coworkers, and themselves from infectious disease threats in healthcare.

Project Firstline offers educational resources in a variety of formats to meet the diverse learning needs and preferences of the healthcare workforce. Resources are designed using adult learning principles, educational best practices, CDC recommendations, and the science that informs them.

Click here to see examples of training sessions led by the Hektoen IP Consultants using the Project Firstline curriculum.

Who is Project Firstline For:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Food and Nutrition Staff
  • Housekeeping
  • Facilities Staff
  • Ancillary
  • Office personnel
  • Environmental Services

Request a Hektoen-led Project Firstline Training Session

Healthcare facilities can request a Project Firstline training session for their staff to be led by one of Hektoen’s experienced Infection Preventionists!  Simply fill out the PFL Request Form and send the completed form to to begin planning your training session.  This service is provided for a limited time at no cost to all healthcare facilities in Illinois. These sessions can be delivered virtually or in person.    Choose your training topic from the available course materials listed below.


Current Course Materials:

COVID-19 Infection Control Training Materials

General Infection Control Training Materials