As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, there is a need to increase the workforce capacity of contact tracers. To achieve this, we worked with epidemiologists to create a series of contact tracing eLearning modules for the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). This learning series is now used to train health professionals in performing contact tracing activities efficiently, effectively and safely.
We partnered with epidemiologists from Australia MAE and Canada FEP – designed and developed three contact tracing modules.
Module 1. Introduction to Contact Tracing
A refresher on contact training principles, processes, and strategies.
Module 2. Social Determinants, Culture, and Contact Tracing
The module focuses on the importance of considering the impact of social determinants on the design and implementation of contact tracing.
- Modifying contact tracing activities for vulnerable and at-risk populations
- Considering culture when planning and implementing contact tracing activities
- Applying appropriate risk communication and community engagement strategies for successful contact tracing
Module 3. Mental Health and Well-being for Contact Tracers
The focus is on the psychosocial aspects of contact tracing, including:
- Appropriately supporting individuals and families in quarantine
- Supporting contact tracers in maintaining good mental health and wellbeing
- Providing tools and strategies used to prevent, identify, and manage stress and burnout
We were originally engaged to develop the three contact tracing eLearning modules in English. Soon after the learning series was launched, we were asked to produce the modules in several languages, including:
We also created accessible versions that are compliant with WCAG 2.0 in both English and French.
The courses were implemented internationally to help fight COVID-19.