HEALTH EQUITY
CONTACT TRACING WORKSHOP

UCI Public Health is partnering with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and the Orange County Health Equity COVID-19 Community-Academic Partnership to offer a Health Equity Contact Tracing Workshop. The Workshop trains public health practitioners, students, community leaders, and residents to do contact tracing for COVID-19.

This Workshop is designed with a fundamental focus on health equity. It integrates community knowledge about the impacts of the pandemic on and pandemic mitigation strategies for low-income communities of color with established models of manual contact tracing and presents the latest knowledge about COVID-19 spread and mitigation. 

The Workshop is a series and will be delivered through popular education methods in a hybrid format of asynchronous online content, live online group-based discussions, and role-playing sessions. The workshop is available free to the public and runs July 20 – August 21, 2020.

OBJECTIVES

Participants will…

  • Gain foundational knowledge of health science related to the COVID 19 virus, and health equity as both an outcome and approach to guide COVID-19 response efforts
  • Build essential skills to serve as contact tracers, supporting COVID 19 patients to minimize spread of the virus in their communities
  • Help to shape and communicate a proactive narrative around the causes of and strategies to address COVID-19 as part of a larger community-driven effort to achieve health through racial equity
  • Cultivate a community organizing approach to engaging community members in transforming the conditions that have led to disproportionate COVID-19 impacts on Black, Latinx, immigrant, Indigenous communities, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
 

Contract tracers, sometimes known as “disease detectives,” are trained to detect likely secondary cases among close contacts of already identified (“index”) cases. Contact tracing will likely be crucial for disrupting transmission to the point that social distancing measures can be relaxed responsibly. It is expected that thousands of contact tracers will be needed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases. In places like Orange County, where communities are incredibly socio-culturally diverse, it is crucial to implement and practice contact tracing in a culturally-appropriate manner through a health equity lens.

The Workshop aims to support the wide range of community leaders and residents, students, and public health practitioners whose work is needed across the full spectrum of pandemic mitigation, elimination, and equitable recovery. This includes those working to educate the broader public about evolving information about COVID-19; identify and notify individuals who have been exposed to the virus; support low-income communities of color disparately affected by COVID-19 in mitigating their exposures, quarantining, isolating, and recovering from the pandemic; and organizing community members for a recovery that builds community power and resilience to future pandemics and disasters. 

The Workshop series entails approximately 25 hours of content delivered over the course of 20 sequenced activities between July 20 – August 21, 2020. The first activity is a Virtual Community Forum on Monday, July 20, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm Pacific time, followed by online introductory readings for participants to complete in their own time. Beginning Monday, July 27, participants should expect to dedicate approximately 2 hours per week in their own time engaging online readings, recorded lectures, and online reflection and evaluation worksheets; and between 2-6 hours per week in scheduled virtual sessions that include a combination of lecture, discussion, and role play. Shortly after registration, UCI Public Health will provide registered participants a link to select a schedule for the sequenced virtual sessions. Multiple schedules will be offered to accommodate the greatest variety of needs.

Registration and the Waitlist is now closed for they hybrid format of the Workshop. You can sign up for notifications about future cohorts.

There is still time to sign up for the Asynchronous Workshop. Participants have until September 25, 2020, to complete the online version.

IMPORTANT NOTE: UCI Public Health is committed to ensuring that this Workshop series remains accessible to community residents and leaders within the areas hardest hit by the pandemic in Orange County, California. We are also experiencing high demand. As such, after you submit this registration form, UCI Public Health will contact you by email to confirm whether you have a spot in the July 20 – August 21 cohort or whether UCI Public Health has placed you on a waitlist for a future cohort. UCI Public Health is actively monitoring demand to assess the need to offer additional cohorts in the near term.

OUR CONTACT TRACING TEAM

Alana LeBron, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor Program in Public Health
Community Engagement Director

Daniel Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Program in Public Health
Project Director  

Huong (Theresa) Duong, Ph.D. Student

Valeria Elahy, Ph.D. Student

Samantha Garcia, Ph.D. Student

Miryha Gould Runnerstrom, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Teaching, UCI Program in Public Health

Brittany Morey, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, UCI Program in Public Health

Abby Reyes, J.D., Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects

Sharon V Robert, M.A., Director of Program Development, UCI Program in Public Health

Ivy Torres, M.A., Ph.D. Student

Karen Valladares, Ph.D. Student

Kameko Washburn, Ph.D. Student

Salvador Zarate, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UCI School of Social Science

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Online registration opened Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Please use the Registration link on this webpage to register.

Important note: UCI Public Health is committed to ensuring that this Workshop series remains accessible to community residents and leaders within the areas hardest hit by the pandemic in Orange County, California. We are also experiencing high demand. As such, after you submit this registration form, UCI Public Health will contact you by email to confirm whether you have a spot in the July 20 – August 21 cohort or whether UCI Public Health has placed you on a waitlist for a future cohort. UCI Public Health is actively monitoring demand to assess the need to offer additional cohorts in the near term.

The Workshop is open to anyone.

Those who do not have a public health background should consider taking an introductory workshop to Public Health. The CDC offers a Public Health 101 Series for free online.

There is no cost to the public to register for this Workshop.

The Workshop will increase the knowledge, skills, and understanding of a variety of people whose work is needed across the full spectrum of epidemic mitigation and equitable recovery. This needed work includes those working to educate the broader public about evolving information about COVID-19; identify and notify individuals who have been exposed to the virus; support low-income communities of color disparately affected by COVID-19 in mitigating their exposures, quarantining, isolating, and recovering from the pandemic; and organizing community members for a recovery that builds community power and resilience to future pandemics and disasters. Becoming a contact tracer is one of these key roles.

The Workshop series includes sequenced online readings and recorded lectures as well as topically clustered, live online facilitated discussion groups and role playing sessions together with other Workshop participants. Upon successful completion of the Workshop series, UCI Public Health will issue a certificate of completion. Certificates of completion will only be issued to Workshop participants who satisfactorily complete the both the asynchronous online modules and synchronous live online sessions. 

Successfully completing the Workshop series may improve your eligibility to serve as a contact tracer. If you are interested in becoming a contact tracer, you are encouraged to present the certificate of completion to prospective agency employers as part of your application. However, the certificate of completion does not guarantee employment as a contact tracer. UCI Public Health will update registered Workshop participants as more information becomes available from Orange County organizations and agencies regarding emerging contact tracer hiring programs. 

The Workshop is a series offered in a hybrid format. Hybrid format means that you will do some of the learning on your own via sequenced online readings and recorded lectures and some of the learning through topically clustered, live online facilitated discussion groups and role playing sessions together with other Workshop participants. The live online activities will take place between July 20 – August 21, 2020, in 1-2 hour sessions, 1-3 times per week, and will be scheduled shortly after registration. UCI Public Health will only provide a certificate of completion for registered participants who successfully complete the hybrid format of the Workshop series. 

If you would like to access the sequenced online readings and recorded lectures only, without working towards a certificate of completion, the registration form will allow you to select this option. Accessing the sequenced online readings and recorded lectures only will help you meet the first learning objective: to gain foundational knowledge of health science related to COVID 19, and health equity as both an outcome and approach to guide COVID-19 response efforts. It will not, however, prepare you to be a health equity-focused contact tracer.

The Workshop series takes place between July 20 – August 21, 2020. Shortly after you register for the Workshop series, we will email you a link to select a schedule to participate in topically clustered, live online facilitated discussion groups and role playing sessions. Multiple schedules will be offered to accommodate the greatest variety of needs.

If you register to access the sequenced online readings and recorded lectures only, without working towards a certificate of completion, you will begin to gain access to these online materials starting July 27, 2020. The online materials will be progressively released and remain available to you for eight weeks.

Yes. The Workshop series includes not only online readings and recorded lectures but also topically clustered, live online facilitated discussion groups and role playing sessions together with other Workshop participants. In light of the interactive component between faculty and students, we will limit the number of registered participants. 

In addition, UCI Public Health is committed to ensuring that this Workshop series remains accessible to community residents and leaders within the areas hardest hit by the pandemic in Orange County, California. We are also experiencing high demand. As such, after you submit this registration form, UCI Public Health will contact you by email to confirm whether you have a spot in the July 20 – August 21 cohort or whether UCI Public Health has placed you on a waitlist for a future cohort. UCI Public Health is actively monitoring demand to assess the need to offer additional cohorts in the near term.

Yes, at this time, the Workshop will also be offered to Spanish speakers. The Workshop series includes sequenced online readings and recorded lectures as well as topically clustered, live online facilitated discussion groups and role playing sessions together with other Workshop participants. The online readings and recorded lectures will be available in Spanish. Depending on demand, there will be at least some discussion sections that will be conducted in Spanish. If sufficient demand exists, we may be able to run discussion sections in other languages as well.

This Workshop series is being offered through the Program in Public Health, in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Health Equity COVID-19 Community-Academic Partnership. This workshop does not have any units associated with it so it will not count toward any other program with required degree units. 

Yes. The Workshop series includes sequenced online readings and recorded lectures as well as topically clustered, live online facilitated discussion groups and role playing sessions together with other Workshop participants. Upon successful completion of the Workshop series, UCI Public Health will issue a certificate of completion. Certificates of completion will only be issued to registered Workshop participants who successfully complete both the asynchronous online modules and synchronous live online sessions. 

Community advocates and academic leaders formed the Orange County Health Equity COVID-19 Community-Academic Partnership in May 2020. The Partnership seeks a comprehensive public health equity approach to eliminating the COVID-19 pandemic that involves preventing exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the first place; testing for COVID-19; treatment; manual contact tracing; supporting the conditions needed to quarantine, isolate and meet caregiving and occupational responsibilities; building immunity across the population; and a recovery that builds community power. The Partnership draws participation from community-based health equity organizations, coalitions, and university faculty, staff, and students from a range of disciplines. The Partnership is collaborating with UCI Public Health and OCHCA in the Health Equity Contact Tracing Workshop. Read more about the Partnership here

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