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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 GrantPosted: May/11/2022 3:07 PMFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2022
News Media Contact:
Kevin Jimenez, College Public Relations Manager
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ELAC Allied Health Department Awarded $70,000 CDC Project Firstline Grant
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 States.

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 fields.

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 personnel:

  • 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 Health
  • Monica Thurston, Ed. S., MBA, RHIA, Department Chair, Health Information Technology Health
    The work of the project conducted by ELAC faculty included the following:
    • 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 COVID-19.
      "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), More information about ELAC is available online at Follow ELAC on social media, Facebook @Eastlacollege, Twitter @Eastlacollege, and Instagram @ELACHuskies.

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