ELAC Allied Health Department Awarded $70,000 CDC Project Firstline Grant
Company: East Los Angeles College
Location: Monterey Park
Posted on: June 24, 2022
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ELAC Allied Health Department Awarded $70,000 CDC Project Firstline
MONTEREY PARK, CA - East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Allied Health
Department was recent awarded a $70,000 Center of Disease Control
(CDC) Grant title Project Firstline. ELAC was one of only 16
community colleges to receive this grant across the United
The League for Innovation in the Community College, in partnership
with the American Hospital Association (AHA) via Health Research &
Educational Trust (HRET) and Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, invited select U.S. community and technical colleges to
apply to participate in a Project Firstline initiative focused on
aligning infection control practice across education, experiential
learning, and workplace settings in health care and allied
The selection of ELAC's Allied Health Faculty was because of the
multifaceted professional qualifications of faculty and strong
allied health program curricula. Each faculty member has over 25
years of health care experience within different types of
healthcare organizations and Allied Health professional education.
Two of the Physician Assistant faculty members have had extensive
experience working in Infectious diseases either in the patient
care or the clinical laboratory setting.
The following individual/positions are designated as key
- Leslie W. Howard, Physician Assistant, Allied Health
- Dr. Dorothy M. Hendrix, RHIT, Allied Health Curriculum
Specialist HIT, Allied Health
- Pamela Bassett, Physician Assistant-Certified, Allied
- Monica Thurston, Ed. S., MBA, RHIA, Department Chair, Health
Information Technology Health
The work of the project conducted by ELAC faculty included the
- Collaborate with team members, cohort members, curriculum
coaches, and League, American Hospital Association (AHA), and
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff and
consultants to review, enhance, and implement infection control and
prevention (IPC) components of existing program curriculum.
- Share enhancements (e.g., learning outcomes, materials,
assessments, activities) with League, CDC, and AHA staff and
consultants for use in creating a free online IPC professional
development/training module and other resources for students,
faculty, and practitioners.
- Participate in project evaluations, the college will provide
relevant deidentified data related to IPC student learning outcomes
achievement in courses where enhanced IPC curriculum is implemented
in the fall 2021 term.
- Participate in planned events such as community of practice
sessions, cohort sessions, master classes and workshops, and in
other program activities and follow-up as announced.
This grant will help current and future ELAC Allied Health students
by increasing knowledge of best evidence based infectious control
practices with an emphasis on COVID-19, support current knowledge
of and use of respirators, PPE use, and CDC recommended infectious
control protocols, and provide experience to students on how to
research the Centers of Disease Control educational resources to
create and implement a patient education presentation on
"The ability to interact and collaborate with Allied Health faculty
of different disciplines from across the country and partner with
the CDC has been invaluable for our faculty at ELAC. We also were
honored to present at the CDC National Conference on April 4 th ,
2022 in which we share about the implementation and outcomes
integration of the Firstline Project into all ELAC Allied Health
Programs," said Allied Health Department Chair Monica Thurston.
Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide
infection control training and education to frontline health care
workers and public health personnel. The League for Innovation in
the Community College is proud to partner with Project Firstline,
as supported through CDC-CK20-2003. CDC is an agency within the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
ELAC is the largest of nine two-year community colleges within the
Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), www.laccd.edu. More
information about ELAC is available online at http://www.elac.edu/.
Follow ELAC on social media, Facebook @Eastlacollege, Twitter
@Eastlacollege, and Instagram @ELACHuskies.
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