Carroll University and Waukesha County have announced a partnership that will enhance efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 through a new contact investigator training badge program. The program, administered by Carroll University, will significantly increase the number of active contact investigators in Waukesha County and allow county staff who have been aiding in contact tracing return to normal duties.
In May, Carroll University contacted Waukesha County about creating a new curriculum that could provide contact tracing training.
“At Carroll University, we are continually exploring innovative ways to rapidly respond to the needs of our community and our business partners,” said Carroll President Cindy Gnadinger
. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for contact tracers nationwide is extremely high, and we saw this as an opportunity to work with Waukesha County to serve our community and train individuals in an emerging area.”
“Contact tracing is one of Public Health
’s oldest and most effective tools to stop the spread of disease,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, a 1991 graduate of Carroll. “This partnership will help us enhance those efforts significantly as we work to protect our communities from the COVID-19 virus.”
The contact investigator training badge curriculum consists of modules that will train individuals to understand strategies to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus: components of contact investigation; requirements for protecting health information and contact investigations protocols; application of protocols to realistic scenarios; jurisdiction-specific contact investigation tools; and continuous quality improvement practices.
The first training began this week. Individuals interested in applying for a Contact Investigator position, which will include the new training from Carroll University, should visit: www.waukeshacounty.gov/jobs