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Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center

Welcome to the Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center (VIPTC)! The VIPTC was created to meet the growing needs of healthcare and congregate care facilities in the areas of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). The goal of the VIPTC is to work collaboratively with healthcare facilities and public health agencies in order to strengthen infection prevention and control expertise by providing universal IPC training to frontline providers. Education and training on these principles is essential to building capacity in facilities and state agencies in Virginia and beyond. While our specific programs will officially launch in March 2022, we're offering free monthly webinars on a variety of topics now. 

Learn, Network, Teach

  • Learn at your level, for your specific healthcare facility via online or in-person courses
  • Attend special topic webinars targeting current events of concern to infection prevention in Virginia and beyond
  • Identify infection prevention (IP) needs of your facility and gaps in existing IP education
  • Train to be an educator in IP for your organization
  • Engage in a collaborative community with your peers via our mailing list and/or discussion board

Webinars

  • Just-in-time training to address current IP issues of high importance in Virginia and beyond
  • Register now for an upcoming special topic webinar (see below for information on how to sign up)!

Courses

  • Basic IPC Training
  • Intermediate IPC Training
  • Advanced IPC Training
  • Break-out training for specific sites and populations included in each core course:
    • Dental
    • Dialysis
    • Long term care
    • Pediatrics
  • Live/virtual and in-person classroom courses will be available, with first courses starting in 2022

Content posted within VIPTC is made possible by funding from the Heathcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program within the Virginia Department of Health.

Our Team

Medical Directors:
Michelle Doll, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Associate Hospital Epidemiologist
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Michael Stevens, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Interim Hospital Epidemiologist
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Associate Director
Kaila Cooper, RN, MSN, CIC
Director of Hospital Infection Prevention Program, 
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Program Analyst
Rachel Pryor, RN, MPH
Data Analyst: Hospital Infection Prevention Program,
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Webinars

Current Infection Control Challenges and Opportunities will be highlighted in a special webinar series, at no cost to participants:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 3:00 pm
Infection Prevention Perspectives and Lessons Learned from COVID-19
Dr. Richard Wenzel
Register for this webinar

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 12:00 pm
Impact COVID-19 on Healthcare Associated Infections and 2022 Outlook
Register for this webinar

Past Webinars

October 28, 2021 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Recognition of Infectious Diseases in Refugees and Infection Prevention Considerations
Dr. Michelle Doll and Angela West
View this webinar and receive CE credit

Course Curriculum

  • Basic Tier: Programming will focus on the rationale behind basic infection prevention practices including hand hygiene, hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and basic prevention strategies, and drug resistant organism recognition and control (including isolation, environmental cleaning and disinfection, basic epidemiology and surveillance training, and personal protective equipment).
  • Intermediate Tier: Programming will include a review of basic tier programing, but also include advanced HAI prevention strategies, antimicrobial stewardship, data analysis techniques, and infection prevention specific to high risk units or populations. Core content includes break-out sessions for site-specific training and networking.
  • Advanced Tier: Programming designed for those already leading IP efforts for their organizations. Programing will include implementation science, biostatistics for epidemiology, interpretation of the literature for evidence-based practice, and leadership training.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Intermediate Course, March 2022 (registration opening early 2022)
  • Advanced Course, April 2022 (registration opening early 2022)

Train-the-Trainer Model Implementation

Champions of Healthcare Infection Prevention (CHIP): a model for expanding the reach of infection prevention expertise

Champions of Healthcare Infection Prevention (CHIP) Program at VCU Medical Center: The CHIP model launched in 2016, built on the foundation of the Nurse Liaison program that the Hospital Infection Prevention Program (HIPP) had been running since 1997. Within this program, non-infection preventionist nursing team members are selected from each hospital unit. These nurses undergo specialized training and attend monthly meetings with the HIPP team. The CHIPs currently represent 45 different clinical areas, including intensive care, progressive care, ambulatory, and specialty areas. CHIP members have opportunities to give feedback and have helped shape priorities based on their front line knowledge. They further support their units with IP expertise in their role as the local on-site experts.

Virginia State-wide Champions in Infection Prevention: VIPTC’s vision for IP training across the Commonwealth is to provide course participants with the tools and resources needed to return to facilities and:

  1. Provide education to colleagues as an IP educator
  2. Design and Implement a CHIPs program in their home facilities

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our email list, please email us at viptc@vcuhealth.org.

Additional Resources

Virginia Department of Health HAI/AR Program

APIC Virginia

CDC Project Firstline

North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Prevention and Epidemiology (SPICE)