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Disease Intervention

We support the advancement of partner services and support for individuals with communicable infections or those who may be at risk of them.
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Who We Are

Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) work in health departments, community health centers, and other similar locations to perform contact tracing, partner services, and emergency response. At the heart of this work is building trust, developing rapport, and providing support to the public. Our staff has decades of experience as contact tracers and outreach workers. They understand that effective contact tracing, counseling, case analysis, and community engagement are rooted in empathy and compassion with people.

What We Do

We create innovative curricula and online training modules for DIS professionals so they can effectively conduct contact tracing, partner services, and emergency response. Our team also offers training-of-trainer services to expand DIS impact. While our team has traditionally provided capacity building around DIS skills focused on HIV/STIs, we have led large-scale efforts to build capacity for other communicable infections such as COVID-19 and tuberculosis.
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COVID-19 Virtual Trainings

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NNDITC’s Learning Collaboratives for CI and CT

COVID-19 changes daily. We want to ensure new 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.

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NNDITC’s National COVID-19 Virtual Skills-Based Trainings

Rapidly and effectively train staff to support public health systems throughout the United States as they mobilize to address COVID-19. This program capitalizes on the experience of the NNDITC member regional training centers in rapidly mobilizing resources to develop a robust outbreak response effort. Interactive training is open to anyone engaged in case investigation and/or contact tracing work.

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COVID-19 Virtual Training Academy

This program capitalizes on UCSF’s experience in rapidly mobilizing resources to develop a robust epidemiological surveillance and outbreak response effort. The Virtual Training Academy (VTA) rapidly and effectively trains staff to support public health systems throughout California as they mobilize to address COVID-19. Training is open to employees of state, local, and Tribal Nation health departments.

Learning Resources

New learning resources for DIS staff are in development and will be released soon! In the meantime, enjoy this selection of important trainings from CDC Train, a comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities.

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