MD, MPH, of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) talks about the tool’s potential to bring greater awareness of contact tracing to its members with realistic measures of staff volume and mixed workforce, as well as coordination considerations when expanding staffing resources. Chris Aldridge, MSW, at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) discusses the importance of being able to change the tool parameters to see local level needs to help health departments project current and future caseloads.
Moderated by Lynn Goldman, Dean of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, this session highlights the importance of public health’s role in building stronger communities and considerations for scaling-up contact tracing. Jeffrey Levi, PhD, of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health provides a national historical overview of public health workforce spending decline and the potential investments needed to rebuild the public health infrastructure. Amanda D. Castel, MD, MPH, of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health shares her observations as a volunteer of the DC Health Department, providing an in-depth look into the on-the-ground work by public health workers and the implications of COVID-19 response on other preventative health services. Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH, of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Medicine and Health Sciences describes past experiences from the HIV/AIDS epidemic that may help inform the pandemic response.