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In this episode Michael Bell, MD, deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, joins the podcast to answer listener questions about COVID-19. He tells hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, about the national collaborative, Project Firstline, led by CDC to provide infection control training and education to frontline health care workers and public health personnel. The hosts also talk to Kyran Quinlan, MD, MPH, about his article in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics focusing on the dangers of microwave oven doors.



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Michael Bell, MD


Michael Bell, MD, is the deputy director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion and the lead physician for Project Firstline. Dr. Bell’s career has focused on investigating and preventing transmission of healthcare-associated illnesses for hospital patients and staff alike. He has been instrumental in advancing evidence-based programs for prevention of antibiotic resistance and improvements in safe medical practices.

Kyran Quinlan, MD, MPH


Kyran Quinlan, MD, MPH, is an academic general pediatrician and immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Rush University Medical cCenter in Chicago. Dr. Quinlan has published numerous studies on child safety in the peer-reviewed literature and has been successful in helping to protect children through community advocacy efforts.


Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers and public health personnel. AAP is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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