COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Join the fight against COVID-19 and secure an in-demand job as a contact tracer today. 3 Hours 3 Hours
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This course is intended to prepare both healthcare professionals as well as lay persons for roles in Contact Tracing for COVID-19. The public health system will be in need of contact tracers to assist in containing increasing cases of COVID-19. This course also provides an introduction into how socioeconomic factors affect the health of certain populations. Those interested in protecting their community and assisting with these efforts would benefit from this course.

General topics included are basics of COVID-19, basic principles of contact tracing, ethics involved with contact tracing, therapeutic communication, and health disparities related to the pandemic.  Those who complete the course may be able to secure contact tracing positions within their local health departments or within private entities desiring to do their own in-house contact tracing.  Local health departments may have additional training or pre-requisite educational requirements.  Completion of this course does not guarantee employment.

COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  Given the novel nature of this virus and the new research generated daily, information may become rapidly outdated.  Users are encouraged to remain up-to-date with current knowledge.  The authors and providers of this course do not warrant that the information provided is accurate in every respect or complete, and disclaim responsibility for your use and application of the information.

 

What you will learn

  • What is coronavirus and COVID-19
  • Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • How COVID-19 transmitted
  • How COVID-19 diagnosed
  • How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on various populations
  • What is contact tracing
  • Why contact tracing important to families and communities
  • Ethics involved in contact tracing
  • Therapeutic communication and cultural awareness as part of contact tracing
  • How existing health disparities are accentuated by COVID-19

Meet your instructors

Dr. Becky Yoza

Dr. Becky Yoza, DNP, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, ENP-C: Nursing Faculty, Hawai’i Pacific University and practicing nurse practitioner in Honolulu. Becky Yoza completed her Master’s in Nursing at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and completed her doctorate at University of Michigan, Flint. She has practiced as a certified medical-surgical RN and certified emergency RN in the acute care setting and currently sees patients in urgent care clinics and community health centers across Hawai’i as a Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Her experience at the front lines during the COVID pandemic screening patients for COVID-19 infection brings current knowledge to the course. Dr. Yoza teaches in the undergraduate and graduate program at Hawai’i Pacific University.

Dr. Pamela Smith

 Dr. Pamela Smith, EdD, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC: Chief Nurse Administrator, Hawai’i Pacific University and practicing nurse practitioner in Honolulu. Pamela Smith completed her nursing degrees at Johns Hopkins University and Hawaii Pacific University, and completed her Doctorate at University of New England. She has practiced as a RN in acute care and as a Nurse Practitioner in surgical practices in the operating room as a first assist as well as the outpatient surgical settings. Her experience as a primary care provider brings experience caring for patients and families across the lifespan. She currently provides patient care as a nurse practitioner through tele-health. As Hawai’i Pacific University’s Chief Nurse Administrator, Dr. Smith collaborates with programs and organizations across the nation to bring current events to educational settings.

Jennifer Nafarrete

 Jennifer Nafarrete , EdD(c), MSN, RN: Director of Clinical Facilities, Hawai’i Pacific University. Jennifer Nafarrete completed her nursing degrees at University of Hawaii, Manoa and University of Phoenix. She is completing her doctorate at Walden University. Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse for over 26 years and a nursing faculty for nearly a decade. Her passion for supporting students though academic and professional mentoring provides students from all backgrounds a platform for success.  She is the lead faculty advisor for the Hawai’i Student Nurses Association and co-chair of the Hawai’i State Center for Nursing Computerized Clinical Placement System Collaborative.

Jessica Garlock

Jessica Garlock, MSW, LSW: Social Work Faculty and Director of Field Education, Hawai’i Pacific University. Jessica attended Xavier University where she received her BSSW and Boston College where she received her MSW. Jessica has long been involved with the cross section of public health and social work - starting as an HIV educator in the early 1990s. As both an AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni, volunteering is very important to Jessica. Most recently, she has volunteered with the Hawaii Crisis Response Alliance at COVID testing sites.

Patricia M. Burrell

Patricia M. Burrell, PhD, APRN, BC, CNE: Professor of Nursing, Director of Transcultural Nursing Center, Hawai’i Pacific University Patricia Burrell earned her PhD from University of Utah, and nursing degrees from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and Northeastern University. In addition to her role as a Professor of Nursing, Dr. Burrell provides consultation and services as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the community. Her work in transcultural nursing brings cultural awareness to the concept of contract tracing.

Peter J. Mataira

Peter J. Mataira, PhD, Associate Professor, Hawai’i Pacific University.  Dr. Mataira earned his doctoral degree in social policy and social work from Massey University, Albany campus in Auckland, New Zealand. He has published widely in areas of indigenous health, well-being and economic justice with particular emphasis cultural research methodologies and social innovation and entrepreneurship. His clinical and community practice background is in mental and behavioral health, economic sustainability and working with marginalized indigenous people.

Testimonials

I am a practicing nurse practitioner in Florida working in Emergency Medicine and Telemedicine. Thorough content from the history of COVID, transmission, incubation period, and variety of testing. I feel this course was most beneficial in discussing barriers and cultural differences that might influence communication or services attainable within the community. Would recommend for both medical professionals and anyone looking to work with contact tracing.

Julie S. APRN, FNP-BC

I am a practicing nurse practitioner in Florida working in Emergency Medicine and Telemedicine. Thorough content from the history of COVID, transmission, incubation period, and variety of testing. I feel this course was most beneficial in discussing barriers and cultural differences that might influence communication or services attainable within the community. Would recommend for both medical professionals and anyone looking to work with contact tracing.

Julie S. APRN, FNP-BC
3020

Duration

1 week

Experience Level

Introductory

Learning Partner

Hawai’i Pacific University
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