CHW Infection Control

Community Health Workers – Infection Control (English and Spanish)

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Overview:

 Germs can spread rapidly in a community. Staying informed and active to protect yourself and the community from infectious diseases is essential. Increased awareness will minimize the risk of infection, prevent disease transmission, and preserve a healthy and safe environment. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than one hour to complete.

 

CEUs: 3 contact hours (0.3 Community Health Worker CEUs) certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services awarded upon successful completion

 

Objectives:

By the end of Infection Control training, the learner will be able to:

Module 1: Defining Infectious Diseases

  • Define an infectious disease
  • Name infectious diseases that are common today
  • List the three methods by which infectious diseases are spread
  • List three methods to prevent infectious diseases

Module 2: Preventing the Spread of Infectious Disease through Hand Hygiene

  • Describe the importance of hand hygiene
  • Know when you need to wash your hands
  • Teach children the proper hand washing technique
  • Describe when and how to use alcohol-based sanitizers

Module 3: Additional Methods to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease

  • List the basic rules of disinfection
  • State the guidelines for infection prevention
  • Understand the importance of communication

 

Capabilities:

Capability 1: Community Preparedness

Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness

Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological   investigation systems

  

Competencies: 

Model Leadership

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures

Plan for and Improve Practice

3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans

3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training).

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