Anthony Man of South Flordia Sun Sentinel - Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said Tuesday that the county has just brought on board an additional 150 people to trace contacts of people who have coronavirus — almost doubling the number of people available to help combat the spread of the virus. But the number of contact tracers falls far short of the 1,580 needed in Broward County, according to a model developed by the Mullan Institute at the George Washington University. The contact tracer estimator, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, uses 14-day case counts to calculate the number of contact tracers needed to clear all cases within a week. Read More.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance Resource lists Mullan Institute Contact Tracing Estimator Tool as COVID-19 Resource
CDC Contact Tracing Resources to stop the spread of COVID-19 has put together a resource page for guidance for COVID-19 that may be adapted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Read More.
The $3.5 million grant will strengthen the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program and help fund operations through 2028.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2020) — Bertrand Moses is working to improve mental health and wellness among high school students in Trinidad and Tobago. Moses, who works as the National Coordinator of Child Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister in Trinidad and Tobago, aims to make mental health education accessible for children facing inequities, including those who have disabilities or live in difficult circumstances. His work is part of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, a global leadership program of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (Mullan Institute).
The Mullan Institute, based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), recently was awarded supplemental funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies to support the global leadership program, which trains early-to-mid career health professionals to address health inequities. Moses is one of 21 emerging leaders who are currently serving as fellows in this innovative program.
Erik Ortiz of NBC News Online - Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a press briefing Friday that the hurdles to effective contact tracing remain, in part because of the spread of the virus among asymptomatic individuals, as well as the difficulty of getting people who may have been infected to answer their phones when a contact tracer calls. In North Carolina, where Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, announced he is issuing a mask mandate beginning Friday and delaying phase three of the state's reopening plan by at least three weeks, there are more than 1,500 full- and part-time contact tracers. But a George Washington University analysis estimates that the state would need nearly 7,800 contact tracers to keep up with the rise in cases. Read More.
William Joy of WFAA - FORT WORTH, Texas — Two months into reopening, Texas needs help. In fact, it needs thousands of helpers. At least that’s what Edward Salsberg thinks. Salsberg is a senior researcher at The Mullan Institute at George Washington University and helped build a model to figure out how many contact tracers states need to track COVID-19. “People want to get back to being social,” he said. “That’s when you need the contact tracers the most.” Read More.