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PHO Rounds: A Work In Progress: Just Clean Your Hands Coaching Project for Long Term Care
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2



The JCYH program for Long Term Care Homes (LTCH) takes a multifaceted approach to improving hand hygiene in LTCHs in Ontario. It provides resources that LTCH can use to change and/or improve hand hygiene culture and ultimately reduce healthcare associated infections. Implementation of the program in LTCHs has been supported by Ontario’s Regional Infection Control Networks (RICNs) and has included train-the-trainer workshops, discussion groups, provision of materials, kick-off events, social marketing and email/telephone support.

Over the years, the RICNs have learned that face-to-face interactions are effective in improving the implementation of new initiatives so, reinforced by feedback from Ontario’s LTCHs, PHO applied for and received short-term funding from the MOHLTC to implement a coaching project that provides on-site support to LTCHs. With this funding, each RICN was tasked with contracting the services of one or more coaches, and provided them with a coaching toolkit developed by PHO. Initiation of the JCYH Coaching Project in LTCHs began in mid-February of this year.  This presentation will give you a summary of what has been done to date, and we look forward to presenting our evaluation results later in the year.


Cathy Egan, CPHIC, MBA, CIC

 Cathy Egan started her career as a public health inspector at Region of Waterloo Public Health (ROWPH) and specialized in infection control and communicable disease.  She has her MBA in Health Administration, and has held her CIC since 1994.  She spent 16 years on the front lines and as a manager of communicable disease control at ROWPH and the Middlesex-London Health Unit, and took on the role of Waterloo Wellington Infection Control Network Coordinator in 2006.  She joined the Public Health Ontario (PHO) as a Senior Infection Control Consultant in 2009, and then took on the role of Provincial RICN Manager in 2010 where she spearheaded the transition of the 14 Regional Infection Control Networks into PHO.

Joanne Habib, MLT, CIC

 Joanne began her career in Medical Laboratory Technology in the 1970's. In the mid 1980s she left Canada to work in Papua New Guinea where she taught Microbiology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases, managed the Laboratory and Emergency services at a large Highlands Hospital and created the hospital-site training program for MLTs in liaison with the college. Joanne began her career in infection prevention and control in 1990. She has practiced infection prevention and control in acute care, long-term care, oncology, dialysis, rehabilitation, mental health and ambulatory care settings. She participated on the Toronto and area Professionals in Infection Control (TPIC) Education Committee from 1990-1997, was CHICA-TPIC education liaison from 1994-1998 and was TPIC President in 2001. Joanne relocated to the Central East region in 1997 and joined the Regional Infection Control Networks in September 2006 to start up the CE ICNetwork.

Laura Farrell, BSc, BEd, CPHI(C), CIC

Laura began her infection prevention and control career in 1990 and worked in the public health field for more than 17 years. She has a strong interest in controlling the spread of disease and improving human health and was drawn to that aspect of her work. Laura has been very involved in outbreak and emergency response and assisted the Grey Bruce Health Unit during the Walkerton Outbreak and also the MOHLTC during SARS. Those response skills have helped her greatly as she acted as the provincial project coordinator for the JCYHs Coaching Project! She is a certified Infection Control Professional and a member of CHICA-SWO. She joined the Regional Infection Control Networks in 2009 as an Infection Prevention and Control consultant and works with the South Western Ontario Infection Control Network

Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or


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