About the Position
The State of Colorado, in partnership with local public health authorities, is building a statewide corps of contact tracers to contain the spread of COVID-19 as the state gradually reopens.
At the heart of this effort is a robust force of trained contact tracers who will offer support and information to individuals who have been exposed to the virus. This vital corps of “disease detectives” will identify sources of potential outbreaks and deliver the information and support Coloradans need to stay safe and healthy.
Tracing teams typically include a) case investigators b) contact tracers and c) community resource coordinators, all of whom work under the supervision of public health officials at the state level or in local communities. Those officials triage and assign cases to investigators, who make initial calls to individuals who have tested positive. Contact tracers make a second wave of calls to individuals that the original confirmed case has been in contact with in the prior two weeks. In these calls, tracers document a symptom check, refer contacts for testing according to established protocols, provide contacts with instructions for quarantine, and screen for additional resource needs.
About VISTA Summer Associates
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.
About the Partners
About Community Resource Center
Established in 1981, Community Resource Center (CRC) creates opportunities, tools, and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado. We believe in the power of the nonprofit sector to affect change and support thriving communities. We envision a strong and sustainable nonprofit sector leading our state towards a more just future.
About Conservation Legacy
Conservation Legacy provides support for local conservation and community service programs under the leadership of a national organization, delivering high quality programming in communities across the country to produce enduring impact through local action. In 2019, Conservation Legacy engaged over 2,200 youth, young adults and veterans in conservation, restoration and community development projects and contributed 1.2 million hours of service to the nation. Conservation Legacy programs engage participants on diverse conservation and community service projects that provide opportunities for personal and professional development and meet the high priority needs of public land managers and community partners. Working in close collaboration with partners across the country, Conservation Legacy advances goals of increasing opportunities in conservation, stewardship, national service and workforce development.
About Contact Tracing
Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by local and state health department personnel for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. Immediate action is needed. Communities must scale up and train a large contact tracer workforce and work collaboratively across public and private agencies to stop the transmission of COVID-19.