Learning Collaboratives


 
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ENCOUNTERING CHALLENGES WITH CASE INVESTIGATION OR CONTACT TRACING?
Join us for our learning collaboratives!
 
In our learning collaboratives, you’ll enhance your knowledge and skills by discussing critical issues, solving problems, and sharing challenges that are unique to contact tracers and case investigators.

Session topics are determined based on feedback from participants and announced in advance, so check back regularly. If a session is full, you may sign up for the waitlist online or email [email protected]. Popular learning collaborative topics will be repeated monthly.
 
 
UPCOMING SESSIONS
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING
Date:
January 21, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern
 
One of the challenges for contact tracers and case investigators is to motivate people in making some important changes needed to support their health-related to COVID-19. There are tools and techniques from a communication style called, Motivational Interviewing that can be helpful in moving people to make healthier decisions and overcoming barriers, whether it is about testing, vaccines, changes to the household environment, or other concerns. These strategies can help with resistance and ambivalence that may come up as you are offering recommendations. This learning collaborative will introduce you to some tools and techniques from Motivational Interviewing that can be applied to your work.
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BREAKTHROUGH INFECTIONS
Date:
January 21, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern

In this learning collaborative, we will discuss what we know now and what we are learning about the implications of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases for our contact tracing and case investigation work. We will focus on the likelihood of breakthrough infection, the severity of symptoms, the need for vaccine boosters, and recommended messaging when working with contacts and cases.  
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TRAUMA INFORMED APPROACH
Date:
January 28, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
 
Hearing that you have been exposed to COVID-19, or that you have tested positive can be stressful. This stress can be compounded by current or previous experiences your cases and contacts have experienced. This can include experiences of trauma, which can affect the way in which people cope with new stressful situations.  This learning collaborative will discuss the tenets of a trauma-informed approach and give opportunities to consider example of challenging cases in an interactive format. 
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MEDICAL MISTRUST
Date:
January 28, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Mountain
 
The purpose of this learning collaborative is to provide attendees with information about how medical mistrust and distrust adversely impacts efforts related to contact tracing and case investigation. We will discuss strategies to meaningfully engage priority populations to address medical mistrust and distrust while responding to COVID-19.
 
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BREAKTHROUGH INFECTIONS
Date:
February 4, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern

In this learning collaborative, we will discuss what we know now and what we are learning about the implications of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases for our contact tracing and case investigation work. We will focus on the likelihood of breakthrough infection, the severity of symptoms, the need for vaccine boosters, and recommended messaging when working with contacts and cases.  
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COLLECTING DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Date:
February 4, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern
 
This learning collaborative provides an opportunity for contact tracers and case investigators to discuss challenges and successful strategies for asking sensitive demographic information regarding race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Information on this topic will be presented and resources will be shared to build skill and confidence to ask these important questions.
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VIRUS VARIANTS
Date:
February 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
 
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Please join us for this learning collaborative on what we know now and what messages are recommended to communicate in your contact tracing and
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TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH
Date:
February 11, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 am Mountain
 
Hearing that you have been exposed to COVID-19, or that you have tested positive can be stressful. This stress can be compounded by current or previous experiences your cases and contacts have experienced. This can include experiences of trauma, which can affect the way in which people cope with new stressful situations.  This learning collaborative will discuss the tenets of a trauma-informed approach and give opportunities to consider examples of challenging cases in an interactive format. 
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KEEPING CURRENT WITH CHANGING INFORMATION
Date:
February 18, 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern
 
One of the challenges of responding to the pandemic is keeping up with changing information which affects guidelines, recommendations, and responding effectively to the questions posed by contacts and cases.  This learning collaborative will focus on an overview of current guidelines and latest information to respond to COVID-19 including resources to stay current. We will also discuss the challenge of keeping up with the changing information and how to address the ambiguity that exists in our work.
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MANAGING BURNOUT
Date:
February 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern
 
This interactive learning collaborative will focus on elements of self-care and strategies to minimize burnout. In this time of continual stress, as we work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our threshold for balancing work responsibilities and personal commitments have been stretched to new limits. We will focus on tools, recommendations, and successful strategies for contact tracers and case investigators to consider for remaining focused and energized in the work.
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PROMOTING VACCINE EQUITY
Date:
February 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
 
COVID-19 vaccine equity occurs when everyone has fair and just access to COVID-19 vaccination. There are many social, geographic, political, economic, and environmental factors that create challenges to vaccination access and acceptance. This learning collaborative will examine some of these challenges, offer resources and recommendations to promote equity and work through some challenging cases.
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COMPLICATED QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION SCENARIOS
Date:
February 25, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Mountain
 
The purpose of this learning collaborative is to provide attendees with information about how medical mistrust and distrust adversely impacts efforts related to contact tracing and case investigation. We will discuss strategies to meaningfully engage priority populations to address medical mistrust and distrust while responding to COVID-19.
 
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