The Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control (ARC IPC) is currently developing a clearinghouse of resources on existing trainings, tools, and resources related to infection prevention and control for a variety of audiences.

Below are resources on infection prevention and control from across Alabama agencies and the broader public health community.

Resources on all elements of infection prevention and control and environments in which to practice them will be continually added. To recommend additional resources or request a tailored resource package to meet your specific needs please contact the Center at

Alabama-Specific Resources

Healthcare-Associated Infections

  • Hospital Preparedness Program (ASPR): Overview of HPP funding distribution to support the state’s health care coalition members through training, education, and other preparedness efforts. Also includes a preparedness highlights and information on COVID-19 response.
  • Immunization Laws (ADPH): Outlines diseases for which vaccinations are required for children, as well as a regimented schedule of when and what vaccines and boosters should be administered for children to be in compliance. 
  • Infection Control Assessment Tools (ADPH): Series of tools to increase and improve facility preparedness and readiness for hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities and dialysis centers.
  • Infection Prevention Guidelines (ADPH): Comprehensive overview of recommendations for many topics, including vaccination guidelines, testing, disease transmission, exposure, hand hygiene and general procedures.
  • Notifiable Diseases (ADPH): Listing of notifiable diseases, including elements such as reporting requirements, control procedures, and considerations for vulnerable populations.
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness (CDC): Overview of PHEP plan, including state and public health workforce demographics funded by program, as well as performance results related to many possible emergencies, including biological health threats, foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, and exposure to toxic materials.
  • Public Health Laws (ADPH): Comprehensive list of the state’s public health laws, including those on topics like infectious diseases, notifiable diseases and reporting, and vaccinations.
  • UAB Sanitation Health Study: Course offered as part of a CDC-funded public health promotion project to expand surveillance for sanitation-related infections across West Central Alabama. Educates both healthcare workers and the public regarding sanitation-related health concerns and links residents to resources to address inadequate home sanitation systems.

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Childcare Settings
  • COVID Toolkit for Childcare Settings (ADPH): COVID-19-specific recommendations and information for childcare settings, including on transmission and symptoms, monitoring, spread prevention, hygiene and face coverings, as well as several logs, tools and checklists to help prevent and manage COVID-19 cases.
  • Infection Protection (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases): Virtual workshop for users of all ages and backgrounds providing information on infectious diseases, disease prevention, sports participation, disease stigma, civil rights and bioterrorism, as well as associated activities for each topic broken down by age group.
  • K-12 Schools Infection Prevention: Resources for school nurses and other personnel to prevent infection spread in schools, including guidance on cleaning, disinfection, hygiene, ventilation, vaccination and emergency preparedness.
  • Playground Hygiene (State of Play): Overview of most common germs, bacteria and other risky elements to which children may be exposed in playground settings, as well as appropriate cleaning, sanitation and prevention measures to avoid exposure and illness.
  • School Infection Prevention Basics (APIC): General guidance for teachers, administrators and parents in terms of how to manage sick students, including when to stay home, general hygiene, cleaning/disinfectant product usage, and more.

Sexual Health in Schools (CDC)

  • Vaccines (CDC): Recommendations for and information about vaccines for several diseases, many of which can be a greater threat to infants and children.
  • Ventilation (CDC): Guidance on how to ensure efficient ventilation in schools and other childcare settings to maximize health outcomes, including recommendations on outdoor air, HVAC settings, air filters/filtering and fans.
  • Data Tracker (CDC): Daily updates for the United States on COVID cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations.
  • Emory COVID-19 PPE Resource (Emory): General guidance on PPE, as well as for specific service environments (e.g., various types of in- and out-patient) and quantities (e.g., low or normal supply of PPE).
  • Preventing Spread in Assisted Living Facilities CDC): Guidance for owners and administrators of facilities, including identifying other local health and healthcare professionals with whom to work, educating residents, family and personnel, masking, and distancing.
  • Project Firstline (CDC): Collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that provides engaging, innovative and effective infection control training for healthcare workers and members of the public health workforce.
  • Protecting Workers (OSHA): Guidance to help employers protect workers, especially those who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or otherwise at-risk.
  • Self-Management Tool (Alliant): To assist providers in education and preparation of patients and their families for self-management of COIVD-19 illness.
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
  • Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs): Network of public and private organizations in a state or region that partner to prepare healthcare systems to respond to disasters and emergencies.
  • Healthcare Readiness Programs: Comprehensive list to each program, as well as information on funding, performance measures, guidance and reports.
  • Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP): Program that established foundation for national healthcare readiness and response to ensure systems remain running in disaster situations.
Disinfection and Sterilization
Environment of Care
  • Infection Control Assessment Tools (ADPH): Series of tools to increase and improve facility preparedness and readiness for hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities and dialysis centers.
Food-Borne Illnesses and Outbreaks
  • Brucellosis (CDC): Includes disease prevention strategies and links to other resources on signs and symptoms, exposure risk, treatment, etc.
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FDA): Comprehensive food safety regulations, including how to prevent issues and enhance food safety, improve detection and response capacities, and improve safety of imported food.
  • Norovirus (CDC): Overview of virus, symptoms, prevention strategies, and outbreak trends.
  • Salmonella (WHO): General information and key facts, as well as specific guidance for food producers and handlers.
Infection Control Plans
  • Infection Control Assessment Tools (ADPH): Series of tools to increase and improve facility preparedness and readiness for hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities and dialysis centers.
  • National Action Plans (HHS): National plans and strategies for a variety of infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections, as well as national vaccine plans.
Journals and Databases
  • Infection Prevention in Practice: Publication of Healthcare Infection Society focusing on the prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections worldwide.
  • International Journal of Infection Control (IJIC): Online forum for infection control professionals, especially those in low resource countries, to disseminate research and practice information and encourage infection control initiatives worldwide.
  • Journal of Hospital Infection: Publication of Healthcare Infection Society focusing on infection prevention and control in the areas of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings.
  • Journal of Infection Prevention: Professional publication of the Infection Prevention Society intended to advance the evidence base in infection prevention and control.
  • Merck Manual, Infectious Diseases: Collection of medical reference manuals published by the Merck & Co. pharmaceuticals company. The Infectious Diseases manual provides overviews and descriptions of several forms of infectious diseases, as well as information on testing and immunization.
  • MedlinePlus: Online information hub created by the United States National Library of Medicine.
  • Medscape: Online resource hub for physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Infection Control Practices (Alliant): Checklist for individuals to ask regarding infection control practices at long-term care facilities to help determine the readiness and appropriateness of that facility for the potential resident.
  • Infection Prevention and You (APIC): Overview of importance of infection prevention in long-term care facilities and advice and guidance for residents, family members and other potential visitors.
  • Infection Prevention Tools (CDC): Tools and resources covering a variety of infectious diseases common in long-term care facilities, as well as assessment, transfer, and implementation.
  • Toolkit to Improve Antibiotic Use (AHRQ): Explains “Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making” and outlines how to develop and improve antibiotic stewardship programs, create a culture of safety around prescription, and disseminate best practices for common infectious diseases.
M Pox
  • Hospital management protocol of m pox (CDC) – Precaution, patient placement, PPEs, waste management control, patient monitoring and how to isolate patients with monkey pox in a hospital setting.
  • Infectious Diseases: Overview of and resources for infectious disease exposure risks of the full spectrum of professionals who ensure the delivery of healthcare services. Includes CDC guidelines and recommendations and additional resources for specific diseases.
  • Protecting Workers from COVID-19: Guidance to help employers protect workers, especially those who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or otherwise at-risk.
  • Respiratory Protection: Overview of respiratory protection including purpose, general guidance, training videos, standards and enforcement means.
  • State Plans: Overview of states that have and what is covered by an OSHA-approved state plans.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Emory COVID-19 PPE Resource (Emory): General guidance on PPE, as well as for specific service environments (e.g., various types of in- and out-patient) and quantities (e.g., low or normal supply of PPE).
  • N-95 Fit Testing (Video) (3M): Scroll down to the “3M Fit Testing Video” and “3M Fit Testing Video (Healthcare)” for comprehensive guidelines on fit testing of N-95 masks for a variety of professionals
  • Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19 (NETEC): Donning and doffing guidance for healthcare workers engaging with patients who have or may have COVID-19. Also provides overview of types of PPE and using individually and in tandem with other PPE.
Reportable Diseases in Alabama
State, National and Global Organizations
  • American Public Health Association (APHA): Includes resources, articles and APHA’s “Control of Communicable Diseases Manual” to help prepare the public health workforce to combat, prevent and control infectious diseases.
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): Collaborative of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases whose purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases.
  • International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID): International organization dedicated to supporting health professionals, non-government organizations and governments in their work to prevent, investigate and manage infectious disease outbreaks, with a particular focus in countries that have limited resources and disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases.
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Non-profit whose mission and vision is built around the effective prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through educational efforts to inform health professionals and the general public about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): NIH’s infectious disease institute which focuses on increasing the breadth and depth of knowledge of infectious diseases and developing domestic and international research capacities to respond to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases on national and global platforms.
  • World Health Organization (WHO): Searchable database of health topics, including on all manner of infectious diseases and infection prevention and control for global populations.