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The CAPTC has been integral in supporting the CDC and the state of California’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our Disease Intervention Training Center (DITC) team quickly expanded their scope, utilizing deep expertise in disease investigation for sexually transmitted infections to co-lead the development of a virtual case investigation/contact tracing (CI/CT) skills-based training to fight COVID-19. This training, first implemented in California, has now been expanded by the CDC and is being utilized on a national scale. The CAPTC has contributed to the training of over 9,000 new CI/CT workers in California alone.
Our Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) team offers trainings and technical assistance that support providers in addressing both COVID-19 and sexual health, focusing on topics such as medical mistrust/distrust and implicit bias.
The CAPTC continues to develop resources to support the ongoing critical work of case investigators/contact tracers to assist COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
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.
The National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers supports the disease intervention specialist community by providing leadership training for COVID team leads, and other virtual learning for new and experienced contact tracers and case investigators.
COVID-19 changes daily. We want to ensure case investigators and contact tracers have all the skills they need to respond to this fast-changing pandemic. Our learning collaboratives take skills beyond the essentials, to build a skill set that is responsive to any situation.
The Virtual Training Academy (VTA) rapidly and effectively trains staff to support public health systems throughout California. Training is open to employees of state, local, and Tribal Nation health departments.
More from the CAPTC
Denise Tafoya, Program Manager of the California Prevention Training Center’s Disease Intervention Specialist training program, describes the impact of CAPTC’s contact tracing and case investigation efforts.
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.