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NJ Contact-Tracing Corps Members, Public Consulting Group (Remote)

NJ Contact-Tracing Corps Members, Public Consulting Group (Remote)

Position Summary

Plans are in the works to Increase capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps.

You’ll find part of a July 28, 2020 story by Lilo H. Stainton below. For the full story, go to:
https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/07/plans-in-the-works-to-increase-capacity-of-njs-contact-tracing-corps/

Cranking up contact-tracing capacity
The Murphy administration has heralded the importance of contact tracing to the state’s coronavirus response for three months, since the governor first outlined his “road back” strategy to reopen the state’s public spaces and economy in late April. But progress has been slow and goals continue to evolve; at one point Persichilli suggested the state may need to hire as many as 7,000 additional tracers, but the target now appears to hover around 1,000.

Murphy has said some 50,000 people signed up to assist with contact tracing after the state posted a job description in May — the positions pay at least $25 an hour — but it’s not clear if any of these individuals have been hired. In June, the state reached an agreement with Rutgers University School of Public Health to provide training for the contact tracing corps; a number of Rutgers public health students and faculty members have already been trained and put to work as tracers.

Last week Persichilli said about 230 people have so far been hired, trained and deployed since the initiative started. A DOH spokesperson said these workers are assisting the existing cadre of tracers serving in local health departments around the state. Tracers in all 21 counties are now using a single online platform, CommCare, to report findings, the spokesperson said. Department officials are reviewing that data now and will make results public in the future.

Additional help for local tracers may be on the way. On Friday, Persichilli announced the DOH has chosen Public Consulting Group, or PCG, a group of public policy consultants who are also advising New York and other states on contact tracing, to “ensure we have the workforce needed to conduct effective contact tracing.” The deal calls for PCG to recruit employees, train them using the Rutgers model and employ them while they are working to assist local departments in their contact-tracing work, the DOH spokesperson said.

“Recognizing that the demand for contact-tracer capacity could reach into the thousands, the department solicited vendor proposals to help us scale the corps across the state,” Persichilli said Friday. “PCG will work to ensure that as many of these new contact tracers as possible come from and reflect the diversity of the communities they will be serving,” she added, noting they will seek to hire non-English speakers to help with outreach.

TO APPLY: Search for “Contact tracer” positions at
https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/intro
https://www.publicconsultinggroup.com/careers/

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8/3/20