Disease Intervention

We train the disease intervention workforce to support individuals with communicable infections and those that may be at risk of infection.

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Disease Intervention Training Center (DITC) 

Since 1995, CAPTC’s Disease Intervention Training Center (DITC) has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to train the nation’s disease intervention workforce. Disease intervention professionals (DIP) support people with communicable infections and those who may be at risk of infection. This includes contact tracing, case investigation, partner services, and emergency response.

We create innovative curricula and online training modules on all skill sets necessary for DIP to effectively serve the community. Our CAPTC team provides capacity building around disease intervention focused on HIV/STIs as part of the National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NNDITC). In addition to HIV/STI training, we led national training efforts to address COVID-19. Additionally, we provide training for DIP around various communicable infections from tuberculosis to mpox.

Our staff has decades of experience as contact tracers and outreach workers in STI/HIV disease intervention services. We provide knowledge, tools, and techniques suitable for both beginners and seasoned professionals to excel as a DIPs.

Enhancing the Capacity of DIS Navigators

Funded by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of AIDS (OA) and CDPH STD Control Branch , CAPTC provides training and technical assistance to California-based disease intervention professionals (DIP), HIV navigators, and other HIV/STI prevention staff to build and enhance capacity in California local health jurisdictions. We implement EHE activities through tailored TA activities, including:

  • Hosting a DIS Summit which brings together nationally recognized speakers on current issues in disease intervention. View recordings from 2023.
  • Facilitating workforce development learning collaboratives for frontline workers and supervisors focusing on current or emerging topics. Participants share best practices from a local and national perspective.
  • Providing skills-based courses including, but not limited to, social determinants of health, cultural humility, and working with men who have sex with men (MSM).
  • Developing new strategies and metrics to address the emerging needs of disease intervention and partner services programs. We research and analyze current DIS services through assessments administered to local health departments.

Learning Resources

Enjoy this selection of trainings from CDC Train. You can also check out these and other online learning opportunities from the rest of the CAPTC’s programs on our Online Learning page

Training and Courses

Mpox Disease Intervention Series
The goal of this training is to prepare staff of local health departments to perform effective disease intervention (DI) interviews for mpox. This training aims to build on disease intervention skills by applying knowledge of the complexities and nuances specifically related to mpox DI interviews.

Online Course

Self-Disclosure
Many clients in prevention and care settings would like to tell others of their status regarding HIV/STI or other health conditions

Online Course

Introduction to Public Health Detailing
CDC Train’s Introduction to Public Health Detailing course educates and informs DIS on how to perform comprehensive, high-quality public health detailing to medical and healthcare professionals.

Online Course

Introduction to Telephone Interviewing for DIS
CDC Train’s Introduction to Telephone Interviewing for DIS course will introduce partner services providers (i.e., DIS) to the basic principles and best practices for conducting telephone interviews

Online Course

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for DIS
CDC Train’s Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care for DIS course is designed to introduce Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) to the principles and strategies of trauma-informed care, so they are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to support clients who have experienced trauma.

Online Course

Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
CDC Train’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to provide inclusive and affirming services to your patients.

Online Course

Partner Services
CDC Train’s Passport to Partner Services online modules are for providers who conduct all aspects of Partner Services (PS), and they are designed for PS professionals of all experience levels.

Online Course

Integrating PrEP into Partner Services
CDC Train’s Integrating PrEP into Partner Services course is designed to give Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) the tools they need to offer HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to their clients by reviewing what PrEP is, how it differs from post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and how to assess whether a patient is eligible.

Online Course

Introduction to Field Safety for DIS
CDC Train’s Introduction to Field Safety for DIS module will introduce partner services providers (i.e., DIS) to the basic principles and best practices for safely conducting field visits.