COVID Contact Tracing Data Projects -Seminar

Semiar, Online, Length – 50 Hours

Contact Tracing is one mechanism of controlling the spread of Novel Corona Viruses and  SARS in the community. Thousands of Contact Tracing Specialists will be continually in demand as Local, County, State, National and International as Public Health Standards will continue to scale upwards.

This seminar introduces several data tools to capture virus infection data and use the data for modeling purposes and strategy formulation. Participants will understand various strategies that should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent, and accurately report and respond to the emergence of New Novel Respiratory Viruses.

Topic 1:  Risk Communication and Community Engagement (10 hours)

Participants will learn certain patterns of behavior that are ingrained in the health organizations; difference between public health experts and “people with agendas”. Identify key media; create and update a list of journalists and foster good relations with the media by providing regular information on the evolution of the outbreak and country’s preparedness. Identify media and other communication channels and influencers and assess their potential to reach the target audiences. In the context of COVID-19, it is critical that health professionals are aware of public concerns and trained to provide public health advice to people.

Topic 2:  Introduction to the Go.Data project platform (10 hours)  

Participants will know the key features of the Go.Data tool. They will be able to describe the context of potential application of Go.Data in an outbreak investigation; be able to describe the type of data handles and what Go.Data can do with that data; recall the Go.Data IT infrastructure and how the Go.Data tool is supported.

Topic 3:  Project #1.  Create an Outbreak (15 hours)

Participants should be able to create an outbreak on the Go.Data platform; recall the key steps involved in managing templates and concurrent outbreaks on the Go.Data platform; list the key steps for designing a case investigation on the Go.Data platform; and list the key steps for designing a contact follow-up form on the Go.Data platform. By the end of this module, participants should be able to: explain how to input and export case data using Go.Data; recognise how to create relationships and exposures between cases in Go.Data; explain how to create and add cases to events using Go.Data; and recall how to view event relationships and chronology.

Topic 4: Project #2.    Go.Data mobile app (15 hours)

By the end of this module, participants should be able to explain how to add contacts to cases and events in Go.Data; recall how to convert contacts to cases; recall how to modify contact data; describe the process of producing and updating contact follow-up lists; and paraphrase how to manage contact follow up using the Go.Data mobile app.