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Our Response to COVID-19

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Greetings Colleagues:

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on fundamental cracks in our healthcare system. Equipped with our deep expertise in disease investigation for sexually transmitted infections, CAPTC is meeting the moment in impactful ways. Our Disease Intervention Specialist team co-led the development of a virtual case investigation/contact tracing (CI/CT) skills-based training to fight COVID-19. This training, first implemented in California, is now being utilized on a national scale. Over 8,000 new CI/CT workers have been trained in California alone.

While we’ve needed to find new ways of working, our commitment to provide you with capacity-building trainings and technical assistance continues. We are working diligently to adapt our in-person trainings to accessible online formats and are collaborating with other sexual health leaders to keep supporting our communities as we grapple with COVID-19.

As we move into a full year of this pandemic, with the improving availability of vaccinations as cause for hope, we believe that together we can reshape our future and achieve our vision of equitable healthcare for all.

Alice Gandelman and the CAPTC Staff
Director, California Prevention Training Center

Supporting Case Investigators/Contact Tracers

Resources designed to support the critical work Case Investigators/Contact Tracers do to assist COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Resources include CDC-sponsored guidelines, trainings, job aids, scripts, and communication tools to respond to frequently asked questions. 

National COVID and STI Disease Intervention Training

The National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers supports the Disease Intervention Specialist community by providing a network of training centers. Includes modules for providers who conduct all aspects of STI/HIV Partner Services, as well as national skills-based COVID-19 case investigation/contact tracing training.

COVID-19 Command Center for STI Programs

From the National Coalition of STD Directors. Frequently updated links to resources and news to help STI programs in their emergency response to COVID-19.

Vaccine PSAs in Multiple Languages

UCSF is featuring community members in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

More from the CAPTC

How the disease intervention specialist training team at the California Prevention Training Center is shifting their energy and expertise toward training thousands of contact tracers in California to fight COVID-19

Dr. Christopher Hall, Medical Consultant for the California PTC and the Clinical Advisory Chair for NCSD, outlines the vital role disease intervention specialist (DIS) could play in combating COVID-19.