Our Response to COVID-19
The CAPTC has been integral in supporting the CDC and the state of California to manage the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) 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, is now being utilized on a national scale. The CAPTC has trained over 9,000 new CI/CT workers in California alone.
The CAPTC developed resources to support the ongoing critical work of case investigators/contact tracers 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 Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) team has continued to offer trainings and services that support providers in addressing both COVID-19 and sexual health, focusing on topics such as medical mistrust/distrust and implicit bias.
Learn more about each of our efforts and those of our partners:
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 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.
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.