NEHA Podcast

What is Project Firstline - Infection Control Basics Podcast session

April 28, 2022 National Environmental Health Association Season 1 Episode 5
NEHA Podcast
What is Project Firstline - Infection Control Basics Podcast session
Show Notes

Project Firstline covers a wide range of important infection control areas, including:

A.                  The Basic science of viruses 

B.                  How Respiratory Droplets Spread COVID-19

C.                   How COVID-19 Spreads: A Review 

D.                  Source Control

E.                   PPE, the basics

F.                   Hand Hygiene

G.                  Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection

H.                  Ventilation

Project Firstline Resources:

Speaker Bios:
Ajay Persaud 

Ajay is a Program Associate within the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery program. He supports key programmatic work in EPRR projects including Project Firstline, an-infection prevention and control initiative, and the Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills program, and other environmental health projects.

Ajay’s passion for public health began in high school when he joined his local volunteer EMS agency and discovered emergency preparedness and response. His goal to protect families and communities alike from natural and man-made disasters has guided him to advocate for improved climate change adaptation and mitigation research and projects.

Ajay holds his master’s degree in public health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His graduate thesis focused assessing the impact that wildfire smoke may have on climate change and its implications. Prior to joining NNPHI, Ajay was an Emergency Medical Technician and telecommunications operator at the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine.

Madelyn Gustafson

Maddie is a Project Coordinator in the Program and Partnership Development Department at the National Environmental Health Association. She has experience in climate and health, vector control, informatics, and infection prevention and control.

Gina Bare, RN 

Gina Bare is the Associate Director of Program and Partnership Development for the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and is also an environmental health specialist. She has a strong background in infection control, food safety, and emergency preparedness. 

Therese Pilonetti

Therese is a unit manager in the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability within the Colorado Department of Public & Health Environment and has 25 years of experience in public and environmental health. She has overseen several statewide inspection programs in Colorado and has spent her career protecting vulnerable populations. She is currently leading a team of subject matter experts responsible for developing and revising guidance for educational settings during the state’s COVID-19 response.