Sponsored by the Connecticut & South Carolina chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics

This 6-session webinar series explores infection prevention from the pediatric practice perspective and provides physicians with education, training, and practical tips on how to protect providers, staff, and patients from COVID and other infectious diseases.

This lunchtime webinar series is designed to be interactive with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences. Webinars feature speakers, panelists, and moderators from both Connecticut and South Carolina.

Check out the schedule below and click REGISTER for the session(s) you are interested in attending!

LIVE WEBINAR Series Schedule

Wed, April 13
Environmental Stewardship Cleaning, disinfection, waste, linens REGISTER
Wed, April 20
Covid Communication How to talk to coworkers, patients, friends, families; What to do/What not to do REGISTER
Wed, April 27
Treatment Protocols Increased use of antivirals in practice, triage, and response (who’s eligible for treatment and how to expedite) REGISTER
Wed, May 11
All Things Vaccine Storage and handling, vaccine safety systems; limitations of the data REGISTER
Wed, May 25
Engineered Safety PPE, masks, ventilation, how to set up waiting rooms and triage areas REGISTER
Wed, June 1
(exact topic TBD by attendee discussion and covid status)
• transition from Pandemic to Endemic
• evidence for the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent the spread of COVID

What is Project Firstline?

What is Project Firstline? To stop the spread of infectious disease—including COVID-19—all healthcare workers need a functional knowledge of infection prevention protocols to protect themselves, their colleagues, and patients. CDC’s Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that have come together to make that happen.


The series is moderated Leigh Bragg, MD, and Richard Martinello, MD who serve as the CT-AAP and SC-AAP Project Firstline Ambassadors to the AAP’s Project Firstline partnership with the CDC.

Leigh Bragg, MD

Dr. Bragg graduated from the University of South Carolina-School of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics Residency at Greenville Health System.

Dr. Bragg completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Florida- Jacksonville. She is currently board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease.

Richard Martinello, MD

Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System

Dr. Martinello is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. He is board certified in adult and pediatric infectious diseases and completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and fellowships in adult and pediatric infectious diseases and healthcare epidemiology at Yale.

Supported by an educational grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics in partnership with the CDC’s Project Firstline program, a national health care workforce infection prevention and control training collaborative.