Coach Program

Infection Prevention Coach Training Program

The Infection Prevention Coach Training Program is an initiative aimed at eliminating hospital-acquired infections by increasing hand hygiene, healthcare worker immunizations and environmental cleanliness in hospitals. This initiative is co-sponsored by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (1199SEIU), Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF).

Infection prevention is a complex issue that requires frontline staff to understand the important role they play in eliminating and preventing infections. Using the concept and framework of the GNYHA Quality Coach Fellowship (QCF) program, in which frontline staff are educated about their impact on patient outcomes, this new program is focused on eliminating hospital-associated infections by training frontline staff to coach other staff on the importance of their role in achieving this goal and saving lives. The program also complements the GNYHA QCF program, which give hospitals the opportunity to increase the number of staff who have embraced their role in coaching to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Training Goals:

The goals of the Infection Prevention Training Program are:

  • To train managers and staff in selected hospital departments or units, as well as 1199SEIU delegates, in methods for eliminating and preventing hospital-associated infections through hand hygiene, cleanliness, and immunizations
  • To provide frontline staff with the coaching skills needed to facilitate communication, teamwork, and improved awareness of practices that increase or decrease infections within their departments.