The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the increased need for an augmented surge capacity workforce for COVID-19 response through contact tracing. Clinical healthcare professionals are well-suited and can be rapidly trained for this complex endeavor. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and University of Hawaii (UH) have partnered to develop contact tracing training courses. As part of this program, UH Manoa Nursing is offering “Track 1,” a free online contact training course for clinical healthcare professionals.
Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of completion and will be asked to join the DOH’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Professional credentialing information will be maintained in the MRC database. Should the number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii rapidly expand beyond the contact tracing capacity of the DOH, completers of the program may be called to serve as contact tracers for the State.
Current licensed professionals as well as new, unlicensed graduates from healthcare professions across the State in the above categories are encouraged to apply.
Undergraduate degree and a clinical health background (registered nurse, nurse practitioner, social worker, pharmacist, physician and physician assistant).
The training is 1.5 days and is highly interactive. Participants must attend both days of training. Since class will be delivered online via Zoom, participants must have a computer with speakers, microphone and internet access to participate. Participants must create a Zoom account. The training program will be repeated over a period of 6 weeks starting June 8, 2020.
Complete the online form at go.hawaii.edu/AQX. If you are a new graduate, enter the profession for which you were educated.
Contact UH Manoa Nursing at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you have disability-related access needs.