Ohio AAP Involvement Opportunity for New CDC Program on Infection Control

Ohio AAP is working with AAP to continue our Project Firstline work. Project Firstline is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national health care workforce infection prevention and control training collaborative. As a Project Firstline partner, the AAP serves as a virtual training center on infection prevention and control.  Project Firstline aims to educate all US health care workers with the foundational understanding of infection prevention and control (IPC) to protect the nation from infectious disease threats, such as COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The AAP is one of several partners in this initiative.

Part of our application for funding includes a contract with 2 Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Ambassadors in Ohio. We are looking to recruit a diverse group of IPC Ambassadors from or serving a variety of settings, including from urban, suburban, and rural communities as well as those working in independent primary care practices and hospital settings. The IPC Ambassadors will provide leadership and subject matter expertise, engage community members, and support chapter activities. The IPC Ambassadors will also help to fulfill the mission of Project Firstline.

If funded:

  • we are able to provide a stipend of $2,500 to each ambassador.
  • for QI work (Activity 4 below), we are able to provide an additional $3,500 for their leadership.

Requirements: 

  • Be a fellow in good standing of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a local AAP chapter.
  • Participate in the position for a 11-month term from August 2022 to July 2023 (pending nomination date).

Ambassador: 

  1. Work with Ohio AAP on QI program, education and product theater at our 2023 Annual Meeting
  2. Identify new opportunities for engagement. Activities may include but not limited to:
    1. Provide IPC consults to under-resourced areas
    2. Assist practices with IPC needs
  1. Conduct IPC needs assessment with practices in Ohio & assist with developing action plans
  2. Interpret state and local infection control guidance to assist practices in understanding and execution
  3. Create and sustain new partnerships with your local/state health department, local/regional coalitions, school districts, etc
  4. Mentor and assist new IPC Ambassador, if applicable
  5. Participate in 6 bi-monthly 1-hour IPC Ambassador ECHO sessions beginning Fall 2022. o Complete homework assignments provided during each ECHO session
  6. Complete required reports and activities referenced in the job description (page 2).

Ambassador Benefits: 

ü Build and/or strengthen relationships with your local AAP chapter.

ü Strengthen local, state, and national partnerships to ensure that children are considered in infection control planning.

ü Network and collaborate with other IPC Ambassadors across the United States.

ü Receive a stipend for participation.


Here are activities proposed for this grant period.

Activity 1-Continuation of Current Activities

  1. Social media
  2. Spread through digital and print publications

Timeline

  • September 22-July 23

Activity 2-Identification and Training of Two Ambassadors

  1. Recruit two passionate, experienced physicians to champion Ohio AAP PFL activities
  2. Ohio AAP will reach out to existing experts, children’s hospital Pediatric Department Chairs and members to recruit from diverse geographic locations across Ohio.

Timeline

  • Recruitment- September 22
  • Leadership and Training- December 22-September 23 (pending permission to extend funding)

Activity 3-QI Improvement Pilot Program

  1. Ohio AAP Program Manager and ambassadors will work to adapt the AAP Infection Prevention and Control QI Change Package to launch a pilot program in Ohio.
  2. Ohio AAP will recruit and train 4-6 practices in underserved areas, not connected with large systems to implement interventions and a work flow to improved knowledge, skills and self-efficacy around infection prevention and control strategies to mitigate infection transmission.
    1. Each practice will assemble an interdisciplinary team (physicians, nurses, medical assistants, practice administrator) for discovery on their current practices and a gap analysis for change.
    2. Ohio AAP’s experts and practice coach will work with practices 1:1 to guide them through protocols, education, PDSA cycles and monthly data discussions.
    3. Practices will convene three times for action period webinars to share learnings and review aggregate data.
    4. Each practice will have an individual exit interview to share learnings and plan for sustainability of gains.
  1. Timeline
    • Recruitment of Practice and Program Development – January-March 23
    • QI Program- March-July 23

Activity 4-QI Learning Summit, Education Session and Product Theater at the Ohio AAP 2023 Annual Meeting

  1. QI practices will convene at the Ohio AAP 2023 Annual Meeting (September 2023) to share learnings and best practices with each other and Annual Meeting attendees.
  2. The education session will also include case-based education and connection to the repository of PFL resources to share with approximately 50 attendees.
  3. Ohio AAP will host a demonstration of specific protocol such as handwashing at an exhibit booth throughout the conference.
    1. Ohio AAP will share PFL branded giveaways to encourage participation
  1. Timeline (pending extended funding)
    • Session Planning and Marketing- June-August 23
    • Exhibit Planning- June-August 23
    • QI Summit and Exhibition- September 23

This is a great opportunity for an early career physician with a passion for infection control to become involved in the Chapter. We need to identify 2 physicians ASAP, please contact Elizabeth Dawson at edawson@ohioaap.org if you are interested or have any questions.

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