NNPHI seeks to partner with one (1) organization to support DIS Mentors project. The organization will be responsible for 1) conducting a rapid environmental scan to identify existing mentoring resources related to contact tracers and contact investigators; 2) developing a mentoring guidance document customized for DIS Mentors who will be working with COVID-19 Contact Tracers and Case Investigators; 3) hosting a series of five (5) support sessions for DIS Mentors using the customized mentoring guidance document. This funding opportunity will provide the selected organization the opportunity to be part of a national effort to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by improving contact tracing and case investigation processes that will save lives.
To combat COVID-19, health departments across the nation are employing Contract Tracers (CTs) and Case Investigators (CIs). As the CT/CI workforce ramps up, a formal, experiential on-the-job mentorship program that would allow newly hired staff to hone their skills is often not in place. With funding from the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention, NNPHI will launch the DIS Mentors project, leveraging its role as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training. Given that the functions of COVID-19 CTs/CIs are similar to those of STD and TB Disease Investigation Specialists, NNPHI will engage the DIS community and recruit mid- to senior level DIS professionals (DIS Mentors) on a part-time basis to provide mentoring and experiential training that will allow newly hired CTs/CIs gain essential skills, improve contact tracing efforts, and build response capacity. NNPHI and CDC will recruit federal, state and contract DIS Mentors with extensive experience performing case interviews, investigations, and interventions but may be new to mentoring. NNPHI recognizes that ‘soft’ skills, including gaining trust and persuading people to share personal information, that have been previously taught through mentoring on-the-job are difficult to acquire in the classroom or via virtual training. The contractor activities described in the Scope of Work will support the transference of these skills from DIS Mentors to inexperienced CTs/CIs.
RFP Due: 5:00 PM ET Friday, November 20, 2020