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“House Calls,” Webinar Series Set to Help Caregivers Care For Loved Ones

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Learn more by exploring CDC's Project Firstline factsheet, Facebook page, Twitter – or read the full Project Firstline press release. For more information, including how to participate in Project Firstline, contact Crystal Morse at cmorse@mpqhf.org.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and AARP State Offices in Wyoming, Hawaii, Alaska, and Montana invite family caregivers across the West region to a free webinar series starting May 14 called, “House Calls,” which will demonstrate infection protection and other ways to keep loved ones out of the hospital. 

The webinar series is free, but participants are asked to register by clicking here or here. To register for future webinars in the series, click here.

The webinar series comes out of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Project Firstline, which offers interactive infection prevention and control curriculum for healthcare and public health workforces and family caregivers across the United States. The “House Calls,” series aims to close that gap and help caregivers take better care of their loved ones residing both at home and in skilled nursing facilities.

During this series, you will learn the latest news about the COVID-19 vaccination and how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and protected from leading health experts from AARP and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. The goal of the series is to help you take better care of your loved ones residing both at home, in nursing homes and/or in assisted living facilities.

To take part in any of these free webinars, simply click on this link or call 301-715-8592. The webinars will feature 20-40 minute demonstrations on subject matter, while allowing for questions from the live audience. For those who want to watch the presentations, but don’t plan to answer questions, check out AARP Wyoming’s Facebook page at:  facebook.com/aarpwy.

The Webinar Schedule (all webinars start at 1 p.m. Mountain time and 9 a.m. in Hawaii)

  • The series kicks off on May 14 with a free presentation titled, “I’m Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Now What? Are We Back to Normal,” by Stevi Sy of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Sy has expertise in medication safety, and applies improvement efforts to reduce and prevent adverse drug events, in hopes of reducing trips to the hospital. Sy’s presentation will center around meaningful and re-engaging ways to connect with loved ones at home or in a nursing home, or assisted living complex, while remaining cautious as variants of COVID-19 emerge.
  • The second event in the series will take place June 11, featuring Dr. Aida Wen, on June 11th   “Infection Control:  Slowing the Spread of COVID-19”. Dr. Wen is an Associate Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).  Dr Wen serves as the Medical Director at a nursing facility and is the President and founder of the Hawaii Medical Directors Association since 2008. Dr. Wen will explain the difference between infection control and source control.
  • July 9 will feature Jill Hult of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health leading a session called, “Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones - The New Norm.” Hult is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and holds a Certificate of Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training from the Centers for Disease Control. Hult will use this time to offer simple and cost-effective strategies that can mitigate infections from spreading.
  • The subject of the Aug. 13 webinar will be “Cleaning and Disinfecting Even If COVID Isn’t In Your House - Learn About the Different Cleaning Products and Their Proper Uses,” presented by Kelley O’Leary, Registered Nurse and infection control specialist with the Hawaii Department of Health, holds a Master's Degree in Community Health Nursing and has been certified in infection control since 2005. O’Leary’s presentation will discuss how to use disinfectant products already on the market to maximize their effectiveness.
  • The final webinar in the series takes place on Sept. 10, as Hult and Wyoming Long Term Care Ombudsman Patty Hall will offer their presentation called, “Is It Safe To Socialize and Travel.” Hall is Wyoming’s Long Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman, and works to resolve problems related to the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals who live in LTC facilities, such as nursing homes, board and care and assisted living facilities, and other residential care communities. This presentation will center around how to socialize and travel, while balancing risks and expectations with safety and quality of life.

About Project Firstline

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed gaps in infection prevention and control knowledge and practice in healthcare settings nationwide. The Project Firstline program includes room for townhall discussions, and tele-mentoring to ensure all workers in healthcare are empowered with knowledge and reasoning behind today’s infection control practices. 

CDC has teamed up with a coalition of more than a dozen healthcare, public health, and academic partners, as well as 64 state, territorial, and local health departments through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement to support development and dissemination of Project Firstline’s information. The series objectives include slowing and stopping the spread of infectious disease, by helping family caregivers understand how to keep their loved ones protected in order to reduce healthcare costs and hospital readmissions.

“We all need to know infection control basics and understand how to prevent infection during day-to-day activities and individual interactions. Infection prevention (IP) processes, procedures and tools can be used to empower all individuals within our communities to take necessary IP precautions,” says Crystal Morse of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health.

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