What is Contact Tracing
- Trace and monitor contacts of infected people. Notify them of their exposure.
- Support the quarantine of contacts. Help ensure the safe, sustainable, and effective quarantine of contacts to prevent additional transmission.
- Expand staffing resources. Contact tracing in the US will require that states, tribes, localities, and territorial establish large cadres of contact tracers.
- Use digital tools. Adoption and evaluation of digital tools may expand the reach and efficacy of contact tracers.
- Link here to the CDC for further details
- COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training: Guidance, Resources, and Sample Training Plan
- COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATOR TRAINING: GUIDANCE, RESOURCES, AND SAMPLE TRAINING PLAN
- Identify the Primary Components of COVID-19 Contact Tracing
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) surveyed the local health department and the County Health Executives Association of California on their needs. The report not published or released as of yet, shared by a Kat DeBurgh, Executive Director, Health Officers Association of California stated the need for 19K contract tracers across the state with some estimated other workforce needs listing here:
- Case investigator (1831)
- Clinical advisors (528)
- Supervisors (2079)
- Resource managers (2005)
Based on the response from the CA COVID-19 Response Team, Contact Tracing Workforce Expansion, of the California Department of Public Health
“At this time, the state is focusing on redirecting existing state staff for the contact tracing efforts. We have UCSF/UCLA as our main training academy for staff to attend. However, we are anticipating there will be several phases in this initiative.”
In the News
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
The California Department of Public Health
- CDPH Human Resources
- Interested in assisting CDPH as a Contact Tracer? Email CAContactTracing@cdph.ca.gov for more info.
The California Endowment (TCE) hosted a Discussion of Policy Options for Contract Tracing for California on May 5, 2020. With the following attendees.
- Tony Iton, Senior Vice President, The California Endowment (TCE)
- Carolyn Ortega, Assistance for Tony Iton
- John Cordova, Statewide Director, Health Workforce Initiative
- Kat DeBurgh, Executive Director, Health Officers Association of California
- Diane Factor, Director, Worker Education & Resource Center, Inc.
- Jonathan Freedman, Vice President, Health Management Associates (Consultant)
- Michelle Gibbons, Executive Director, County Health Executives Association of California
- Rishi Manchanda, President, HealthBegins
- Brian Mimura, Program Manager – Health Equity Int Central Valley, The California Endowment
- Jeff Oxendine, CEO, Health Career Connection
- Patricia Powers, Principal, Health Innovations Group (Consultant) policy issues
- Sandra Shewry, Vice President, External Engagement, California Health Care Foundation
- Abby Snay, Deputy Secretary, Future of Work
- Mary Pittman, President, Public Health Institute
More information will be forthcoming as reported.