Free COVID-19 Contact Tracer Training

May 04, 2020 5:36 PM | Anonymous

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Introducing Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

A new online course from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Coalition of STD Directors


Today, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) announced the launch of a free, on-demand training for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers. The course,Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers, will support ongoing public health agency efforts to prepare new contact tracers for their work of helping identify COVID-19 positive cases and those they've been in close contact with.


As the nation looks to restart the economy and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to quickly contain future outbreaks is more important than ever. To achieve this, state and local health agencies will need to rapidly scale up their contract tracing workforces. Making Contact provides approximately three hours of free online training to quickly teach participants the basics of contact tracing, regardless of prior experience in public health.


Participants will walk through the steps of contact tracing and interviewing, experience case-based scenarios, and complete knowledge exercises to reinforce important concepts. The course comes with helpful job aids, which will familiarize learners with frequently asked questions about COVID-19, fundamental components of contact tracing in a remote environment (over phone, video call), tips for conducting interviews, and more. 


Interested in using the course in your jurisdiction? See below, read our press release, or visit ASTHO's e-learning center for more details! Contact us at with any questions.

ASTHO and NCSD thank all of our partners who provided input, expert review, and/or source material for training development, including: 

  • Cardea Services
  • CDC
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • NCSD Disease Intervention Specialist Committee
  • Public Health Foundation
  • Resolve to Save Lives, a Vital Strategies initiative
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Virginia Department of Health
  • Washington State Department of Health

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