2024 Infection Prevention Boot Camp Speaker Lineup

KyIP Training Center is excited to bring back an immersive learning experience featuring a stellar roster of speakers renowned in infection prevention and control. Experts hailing from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Kentucky Department for Public Health,  and Norton Healthcare will converge with KyIP Training Center faculty both on-site and for the virtual day. Explore detailed biographies of our esteemed presenters below and embark on this enriching educational journey with us.

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Dr. Julia Frith, DNP, RN, CIC

Dr. Julia Frith is Manager of Program Development and Research at Norton Healthcare and is lead for the Kentucky Infection Prevention Training Center. Dr. Frith has over 15 years of experience in infection prevention. During this time, she has worked to implement evidence based practices focused on infection prevention throughout the health system. Julia engaged in the development of plans for new and emerging pathogens including Ebola and COVID-19.

Dr. Frith received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville, a Master’s in Nursing Administration from Bellarmine University and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Executive Leadership from University of Kentucky. Julia has been Certified in Infection Control through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2011.

Dr. Frith is an active member of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Currently she serves as President Elect for the Kentuckiana APIC chapter. Dr. Frith has served on the National APIC Practice Guidance Committee and is currently the Kentuckiana APIC liaison for Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers (KSHE).

Dr. Janet Glowicz, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, LTC-CIP

Dr. Janet Glowicz is a nurse Infection Preventionist with Project Firstline at the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. She has practiced infection prevention in outpatient and acute care settings. At the CDC, Janet has served as the subject matter expert for hand hygiene. Janet enjoys being onsite at healthcare facilities and interacting with frontline personnel as they implement infection control actions.

Koo-Whang Chung, MPH

Koo-Whang Chung, MPH, is a distinguished Health Scientist with a wealth of experience in epidemiology, boasting a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University. With an illustrious career spanning over a decade at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he has been instrumental in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion since 2011. Currently serving as Deputy Team Lead and Environmental Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Coordinator for the Consultation Team, Mr. Chung is a driving force behind healthcare quality and safety initiatives in Atlanta, Georgia. Notably, he has authored over 550 research publications, showcasing his extensive contributions to public health knowledge and practice.

Read Mr. Chung’s publications on PubMed by clicking this link. 

Dr. Chad Eldridge, DNP, RN, CIC

Dr. Chad C. Eldridge, DNP, RN, CIC, is a distinguished healthcare leader known for his expertise in infection prevention and control.  Currently serving as an Infection Control Nurse at the University of Kentucky and as the HAI Outbreak Lead for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Dr. Eldridge has been instrumental in shaping infection prevention strategies at both institutional and state levels. His dedication to advancing healthcare quality is evident in his role as an Assistant Faculty at the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing and as an Instructor/Evaluator at Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Dr. Eldridge’s passion for teaching is reflected in his extensive teaching experience, where he has served as an Assistant Faculty at the University of Kentucky School of Nursing and as an instructor for healthcare courses at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. His dedication to education and training extends to his certifications as a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Certified Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor.

Ruth Belflower Midkiff, MPH, RN, CIC, LTC-CIP, FAPIC

Ruth Belflower Midkiff has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of public health and
infection prevention and control (IPC). Ruth graduated from the University of Kentucky
with a Bachelor of Biotechnology and from the University of Rochester with a Master of
Public Health (Epidemiology) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She previously
served as President and President-Elect for the Association for Professionals in
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (APIC) Kentuckiana chapter and, as a
member of the National APIC Practice Guidelines Committee, served as APIC Liaison
to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She obtained her Certification in
Infection Control (CIC) in 2014, re-certifying in 2019, and obtained her Long-term Care
CIC (LTC-CIP) in 2022. Ruth was selected as a Fellow of APIC in 2018 and,
throughout her career, has co-authored several publications and presented at various
conferences on topics relating to IPC best practices and the surveillance and
epidemiology of community- and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Ruth has
served as an Infection Preventionist (IP) in acute care and as Epidemiologist across the
public health spectrum at local and state levels as well as the national level for the
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC). In her work, she has supported facilities across the healthcare
continuum including acute care, long-term care, outpatient, and dialysis facilities.
Currently, Ruth works as the IP Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department for
Public Health (KDPH) Healthcare-Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/
AR) Prevention Program managing activities for the statewide Kentucky Regional
Infection Prevention Program (KRIPP).

Dr. Melissa Forton, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Meet Melissa Forton, DNP, MSN, APRN! Melissa serves as a sub-investigator in research, and leads educational development at KyIP. She has a hand in all steps of the process, beginning with needs assessments, requests for training, content development, and eventual publication online. Melissa joined KyIP after nearly two decades of pediatric experience at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Melissa earned degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Mount St Joseph University. Her interest in healthcare education and research inspired her to obtain her DNP from Valparaiso University in 2018. Since joining KyIP, Melissa has presented at infection prevention boot camps, at grand rounds, to school nurses, and at vaccine workshops. 

Dr. Laurel Robinson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Laurel Robinson DNP APRN FNP-C is a nationally board-certified family nurse practitioner, who enhances the KYIP training center by bringing over 12 years of experience in quality and infection control, as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and infection prevention researcher. She has participated in multiple research projects within the Norton Infectious Diseases Institute, including the RSV in Adults study with Pfizer, and a national quality improvement project with ASCO and the CDC to promote vaccination in patients with cancer, with the Norton Cancer Institute.  Dr. Robinson has the passion and drive to promote real intentional change around drawing in minorities into participating in research trials, as well as continuously advocating for the promotion of advanced career development for minorities to work within research. As an African-American professional, her valuable first-hand experience in infection control processes blend nicely with her expertise in cultural translation, and her “Taking an Informed Cultural Approach” training has benefited the KYIP training center immensely.

Missy Travis, MSN, RN, CIC

With 20 years of experience focusing on infection prevention techniques, Missy has worked in a variety of settings including: Acute Care Hospitals, Large Teaching University Medical Centers, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals, Sports Teams, Public Health Settings.

Missy received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Kentucky, a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Arts from Georgetown College, and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) in Tennessee and certified in Infection Control.

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