Dear US Healthcare Epidemiologists and Infection Prevention Teams,
We are so excited to continue into the second year of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)/Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) program, Training Healthcare Epidemiologists to Respond to Infectious Diseases Outbreaks and Public Health Emergencies in U.S. Hospitals, known as the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP). As the chair of the ORTP Advisory Panel, I’ve been focused on this important topic since its inception in 2016.
The ORTP is designed to provide US hospital epidemiologists with the tools and training necessary to provide effective leadership during outbreak preparedness, response, and recovery. From large-scale public health emergencies to facility-level outbreaks. We worked to provide expert guidance and leadership lessons across the scope of incident management.
This is the second time we are hosting this in-person meeting. If you missed the first workshop, please make a point to attend this one. The high caliber speakers and content cannot be overstated.
Also, if you have not visited the ORTP website recently – www.ortp.shea-online.org, I encourage you to check it out. In addition to this in-person conference, we have a variety of educational tools and resources that SHEA volunteers have created for this comprehensive program.
We feel confident that all the tools pulled together for ORTP will ensure that hospital epidemiologists and infection prevention teams are valued as essential leaders and content experts in an outbreak. All the materials and training are available at no cost to participants, so I encourage you to take this opportunity to work directly with experts in refining your knowledge and leadership skills in outbreak response. Outbreak response leadership goes beyond technical training you receive. It requires knowledge in emergency preparedness incident management and incident command, competency in strategic communications, and collaboration with stakeholders. The ORTP covers it all.
Judy Guzman-Cottrill, DO
Chair, ORTP Advisory Panel