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T​his course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about contact tracing in their community

Approx. 22 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Identify the signs, symptoms, modes of transmission and epidemiology of COVID-19

  • Describe the drug development process, clinical trial phases, and current COVID - 19 vaccine candidates

  • Characterize underlying risk factors experienced by vulnerable groups that predisposes to COVID-19 and available resources for high risk communities

  • Describe the purpose of contact tracing, the context in which it is conducted, and identify challenges and effective communication strategies

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T​his course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about contact tracing in their community

Approx. 22 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Epidemiology

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 19 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
COVID-19 Timeline10m
The Spread of Droplets and the Importance of Social Distancing10m
1 practice exercise
Epidemiology Knowledge Check 30m
2 hours to complete

History of Pandemics

2 hours to complete
1 video (Total 26 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
2 readings
Spanish Flu10m
Why The Second Wave of Spanish ‘Flu Was So Deadly10m
1 practice exercise
Pandemics in History Knowledge Check30m
1 hour to complete

COVID-19 Testing

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 21 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
1 video
1 reading
COVID-19 Testing Resources10m
1 practice exercise
COVID-19 Testing Knowledge Check 30m
1 hour to complete

Public Health

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 23 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
3 readings
Control of Infectious Disease10m
Health Equity Resources10m
References and Additional Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Public Health Knowledge Check30m
2 hours to complete

What is Contact Tracing?

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Communication Skills for Contact Tracers18m
Helping the Distressed Contact9m
3 readings
CDC Isolation Guidelines10m
Other Contact Tracing Resources10m
Keys to De-Escalation10m
1 practice exercise
What is Contact Tracing Knowledge Check30m
1 hour to complete

Vaccine and Spread

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 16 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Strategies for Vaccine Development3m
Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine6m
2 readings
Additional Resources10m
Prevention and Safety Tips 10m
1 practice exercise
Vaccine and Spread Knowledge Check30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Contact Tracing: Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 27 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Protecting and Disclosing Data13m
6 readings
Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies10m
Law v. Ethics Additional Readings10m
HIPAA and Protected Health Information10m
Data Protection and Coercion10m
Trust is Vital in Public Health 10m
Additional Considerations10m
1 practice exercise
Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations Knowledge Check30m
2 hours to complete

Mental Health and COVID-19

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 22 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Managing Anxiety During COVID-193m
Explaining Fear and Stigma Associated with COVID - 195m
Mental Health in Special Populations in the COVID-19 era6m
7 readings
Mental Health and Addiction Resources10m
Coping Mechanism Tips10m
Reliable Sources for Information on COVID-1910m
Addressing the Impact of Racism and Stigma10m
Additional Resources for Addressing Racism and Stigma10m
Seniors and COVID-1910m
Resources for Addressing Addiction during COVID-1910m
1 practice exercise
Mental Health and COVID-19 Knowledge Check30m
3 hours to complete

Health Equity

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 11 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
COVID-19's Impact and Diverse Populations 6m
10 readings
At the Heart of the Matter: Unmasking and Addressing COVID-19’s Toll on Diverse Populations10m
How COVID-19 Exacerbated America's Racial Health Disparities10m
COVID-19: Impact on Communities of Color10m
More Information about COVID-19 In African American Communities10m
More Information on COVID-19 in Latinx Communities10m
More Information About COVID-19's Impact on the Native American Community10m
COVID-19 and Immigrants10m
COVID-19 in Homeless Populations10m
COVID-19 and Elderly Populations10m
Additional References for Health Equity and COVID-1910m
1 practice exercise
Health Equity Knowledge Check 30m
2 hours to complete

Pregnancy and COVID-19

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 23 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Pregnancy Risks with COVID-19 and Prevention and Protection7m
Breastfeeding during COVID-194m
Mental Health of Pregnant Women during COVID-195m
5 readings
CDC Considerations for Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings10m
ACOG Message to Patients on COVID-19 and Breastfeeding10m
Additional Breastfeeding Resources10m
Additional Mental Health Resources10m
Coronavirus disease 2019 in pregnancy: early lessons10m
1 practice exercise
Pregnancy and COVID-19 Knowledge Check 30m
2 hours to complete

COVID-19 in Children

2 hours to complete
1 video (Total 10 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
7 readings
Burden of COVID-19 in Children10m
Epidemiology of COVID-19 In Children10m
How many children have or had COVID - 19? References10m
Clinical Manifestations of COVID-19 in Children10m
Symptoms in Infants Optional Readings10m
Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children10m
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS - C)10m
1 practice exercise
COVID-19 in Children Knowledge Check30m
2 hours to complete

Community Education and Navigation

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 34 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Contact Tracer Community 7m
Community Partnerships9m
5 readings
OSHA Control and Prevention10m
Working with Vulnerable Populations10m
Homeless Among The Most Vulnerable to COVID-1910m
Small Scale Intervention Readings10m
Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative10m
1 practice exercise
Community Engagement and Navigation Knowledge Check30m
2 hours to complete

Community Resources

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Community Resources for Vulnerable Communities13m
4 readings
So You Want to Be a Contact Tracer?10m
Impacts of COVID-1910m
Sources to Explore For Your Community 10m
Learning More About Resources for Vulnerable Populations10m
1 practice exercise
Community Resources Knowledge Check 30m

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