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Communicable Disease Trainings and Toolkits

Trainings and Toolkits

This page provides resources developed by Oregon Health Authority and our partners to enhance communicable disease skills for staff in various settings.

Healthcare Providers

Online Training Modules

  • Interpersonal Antibiotic Stewardship
    Online Training Module: This CE activity, designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, reviews:
    • The problem of overuse of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    • The need for antibiotic stewardship programs
    • How to apply an adapted version of motivational skills, processes and techniques to antibiotic stewardship interactions
  • Having Difficult Conversations
    Online training module: Introduces motivational interviewing techniques, local statistics, and case studies to provide participants with tools to successfully work through conflict related to over use of antibiotics.

Toolkits

  • Oregon Multidrug-Resistant Organism (MDRO) Toolkit (pdf)
    Toolkit: This toolkit provides recommendations to Oregon healthcare facilities about strategies to prevent transmission of MDROs and Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile during patient care.
  • Note: This is a working document addressing high-impact organisms in Oregon hospitals. Given the continually evolving infection prevention and control landscape, including novel and emerging pathogens, this document will be updated as needed. The format will also be updated to align with Oregon Health Authority branding and style.
  • CDI Toolkit (pdf)
    Toolkit: Complete document of education, FAQs, NHSN enrollment tools.
  • Early Identification and Isolation of Contagious Patient... It can happen in the Emergency Department Triage!
    Online Training: This training which will teach you how to:
    • Identify Patients with high risk contagious infectious diseases
    • Choose appropriate isolation precautions for the patient's presenting signs and symptoms
    • Inform appropriate individuals about patients with suspected infectious diseases
    • Protect yourself and others from infectious exposures

  • Safe Injection Practices​
    Online Training: Interactive 20-minute online training that describes the impact of unsafe needle and injection practices, CDC recommendations for best practices and how professionals can champion needle and injection safety in their facilities. Developed by the OHA HAI program. Note: After clicking the above link, you will be prompted to create an iLearn account to gain access to additional online training modules. Please use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge for best results.
  • Injection Safety Toolkit
    Resource list: Provides tools and resources on safe injection practices and needle use for healthcare providers and the public.
  • NHSN Training Page
    Online Training: NHSN provides learning opportunities in a variety of formats that enhance the knowledge and skills of NHSN facility- and group-level participants and their partners in order that they may effectively use the data obtained from the surveillance system to improve patient and healthcare personnel safety.

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Long-Term Care Facility HAI Toolkit
    Toolkit: This resource page is a collection of guidance documents, trainings and educational materials to support long-term care facilities in preventing and responding to Healthcare-Associated Infections.
  • CDC and CMS Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training
    Online-Training Module: This course provides infection prevention and control (IPC) training for individuals responsible for IPC programs in nursing homes to implement programs and ensure adherence to recommended practices by front-line staff.
  • Getting Ready for Influenza and Norovirus: Key Information for Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)
    Webinar Recording: Provides information about influenza and norovirus symptoms, modes of transmission, and strategies to prevent spread. Introduces and explains a new law promoting recognition, reporting, and control of disease outbreaks in LTCFs. Reviews current recommendations from Oregon Health Authority regarding transfer of recovering influenza and norovirus patients from hospitals to LTCFs.

Local Public Health

  • Communicable Disease 101 and 303 class schedule 2020-2022
    In-person training: Full-day in-person course designed for communicable disease investigators in Oregon. A new schedule will be posted when available.
  • Orpheus Trainings
    Online training resources: Online training videos and other resources to assist Orpheus users.
  • Outbreak Interviewing Strategies
    Online training videos: The Oregon Health Authority presents training videos on disease outbreak interviewing techniques to train staff and volunteers to assist with surge capacity during outbreaks. The video explains the 10 cardinal rules of effective interviewing.

The links below are provide guidelines for outbreak-specific investigations

National and partner-state foodborne outbreak resources

See Also

  • CD Summary
    Publication/CE opportunity: The CD Summary is a publication of the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division. The intended audience includes: licensed healthcare providers, public health and health care agencies, representatives of the media, medical laboratories, hospitals, and others with an interest in epidemiology and public health. 
  • CDC's Norovirus in Healthcare Settings
    Toolkit: Symptoms, transmission and prevention of Norovirus and a list of resources. 
  • Essence Hazard Report (Oregon's Syndromic Surveillance Project)
    Report: Essence provides real-time data for public health and hospitals to monitor what is happening in emergency departments across the state before, during and after a public health emergency. 
  • Flubites
    Report: Oregon's Weekly influenza surveillance report. 
  • Infection Prevention YouTube Training Video Series
    Training Video Series: This collection of training videos support healthcare facilities in infection prevention and control. Several videos are available in both English and Spanish. 
  • R​espira​tory Disease Outbreaks
    Informational Webpage: Provides step by step guidance for responding to a respiratory disease outbreak. 

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