Role Model

Erica Washington

Class of 2018 | Louisiana Dept. of Health

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Our 2020 Role Model Class is comprised of past role models from YLC's 34-year history. Revisiting our Role Models is an opportunity to learn about their changes in leadership, leadership lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what makes them Proud to Call New Orleans Home.

Erica Washington is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She moved to New Orleans in 2007 to attend Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Tulane SPHTM) to pursue her master’s in public health. She was drawn to New Orleans due to the city’s post-Katrina rebuilding efforts.

Erica has served as the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Health since 2009. In this role, she oversees federal grant work with over $500,000 core funding and over $2,000,000 in supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, Erica was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health for her work as the HAI Program Coordinator. Additionally, Ms. Washington was a 2016-2017 Informatics-Training in Place Program Fellow (I-TIPP) through Project S.H.I.N.E.: a collaborative between Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and National Association of City and County Health Officials that seeks to increase informatics capacities of health departments nationwide. Her fellowship work entailed antibiotic resistance surveillance and increasing provider capacity for antibiotic stewardship.

Ms. Washington works with local and federal partners to ensure patient safety in healthcare. In February 2018, she served as an advocate for safer use of antibiotics through the Pew Charitable Trusts’ annual antibiotic stewardship event titled “Super People against Superbugs” on Capitol Hill. She participates with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Hospital Advisory Committee, Quality Insights Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Advisory Group, and provides collaborative support for stakeholders with the Louisiana Hospital Association and eQHealth Solutions.

Erica is certified in public health (CPH), infection control (CIC), and healthcare quality (CPHQ). Her professional affiliations include Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (past president of Greater New Orleans Chapter), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Her current volunteer positions include serving as president-elect of Tulane Alumni Association, WWNO-NPR Executive Council, and Junior League of New Orleans Joint Council. She previously served as board chairman for Luke’s House Clinic.