To help the United States combat the pandemic, Combined Arms is teaming up with the CDC Foundation. They are managing an emergency staffing effort as part of CDC's Response. The Foundation is recruiting staff for state/local health departments, and tribal communities, for a variety of positions.
In addition to a competitive salary, the Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability, life insurance, employee assistance program, paid time off and retirement planning.
HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH PUBLIC HEALTH: CONTACT TRACER POSITIONS
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For more about the tasks and goals of Contact Tracers, watch the video below OF THE ONLINE TOWN HALL with Edward Anderson - SHRM-CP, PHR
Director of Human Resources at Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services!
Combined Arms and the Neighborhood Leader Initiative are joining forces with Harris County Public Health to combat the spread of COVID-19 through a new volunteer initiative. “The Contact Tracing Program” uses volunteers to map the pandemic in order to keep it under control. Volunteer’s efforts will directly impact the spread of COVID-19.
The application can be accessed here:
What is contact tracing?
Trained staff interview people who have been diagnosed with a contagious disease to figure out who they may have recently been in contact with. Then, they go tell those people they may have been exposed, sometimes encouraging them to quarantine themselves to prevent spreading the disease any further.
How does contact tracing work?
Once someone has been confirmed to be infected with a virus, such as through a positive COVID-19 test, contact tracers try to track down others who have had recent prolonged exposure to that person when they may have been infectious.
Healthcare workers then make an effort to reach out to every one of those contacts, tell them that they may have been exposed, and giving them instructions on what to do next. That may include telling them about possible symptoms or directing them to self-isolate. This process is typically broken down into 3 major steps:
- Contact identification: Once someone is confirmed as infected with a virus, contacts are identified by asking about the person’s activities and the activities and roles of the people around them since onset of illness. Contacts can be anyone who has been in contact with an infected person: family members, work colleagues, friends, or health care providers.
- Contact listing: All persons considered to have contact with the infected person should be listed as contacts. Efforts should be made to identify every listed contact and to inform them of their contact status, what it means, the actions that will follow, and the importance of receiving early care if they develop symptoms. Contacts should also be provided with information about prevention of the disease. In some cases, quarantine or isolation is required for high risk contacts, either at home, or in hospital.
- Contact follow-up: Regular follow-up should be conducted with all contacts to monitor for symptoms and test for signs of infection.
After filling out the form below, volunteers can send a resume to email@example.com
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