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The University of Washington School of Medicine’s Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) are partnering to implement a program that will integrate COVID-19 testing into adult family homes in King County to rapidly scale-up testing among affected residents and workers. Improving access to COVID-19 testing in adult family homes is an important part of improving health equity in King County.
We are seeking Temporary Contact Tracers (Research Coordinators) to conduct contact tracing activities for the COVID-19 outbreak response specifically in adult family homes. The work of the Adult Family Home Contact Tracer involves conducting in-depth interviews with confirmed cases and follows up with their contacts in order to notify them about test/exposure status, reinforce isolation and quarantine (I/Q) guidelines, facilitate adherence to I/Q by supporting individual's needs. The contact tracers will work closely with the COVID-19 project and with SKCPH.
Under general supervision of the project co-directors the contact tracer will:
JOB DUTIES: Research Coordination 75%
•Call assigned COVID positive cases, and conduct in-depth interviews using call scripts and protocols; simultaneously enter call data into RedCap •Follow-up with contacts of cases, using call scripts and protocols; •Follow-up on peripheral requests with their cases/contacts to make sure their requests for information have been met or whether additional referrals are needed •Coordinate testing of contacts and coordinate with the testing team to conduct on-site testing events •Coordinate referrals for support services to appropriate agencies. •Facilitate access to interpretation services as needed •Coordinate and complete reporting of cases to PHSKC if needed
Data Collection and Administrative 25%
•Interact with multiple platforms like RedCap, Mosio, and Dynamics •Document challenges and brings to team during debrief; resolves accordingly •Strict adherence to client confidentiality and handling of PHI (including notes taken, and other communication) •Participation in data collection and quality improvement activities specific to the adult family home testing project •Facilitate grocery services •Other duties as required
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Science or related field and at least 1 year's experience to include:
•Ability to establish rapport with diverse groups of people in a very brief amount of time. •Ability to work with communities of people with varied lived experiences in a non-judgmental manner. •Maintain confidentiality of protected health information at all times. •Carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner. •Strong attention to details. •Strong oral communication skills. •Washington State Driver's License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation services is required. •Highly proficient with navigating computers and data management platforms. On-site testing will be required of all applicants. •Ability to comprehend complex information and adapt to changing guidance. In order to successfully complete training, new employees must pass a graded assessment.
•Previous COVID-related work •Experience working in or with a local health department •Fluency in English is required; bilingual Spanish-English language skills are preferred
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“Onsite work” in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.
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