Chicago Community Based Contact Tracing
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) have awarded a $56 million grant to Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, NORC at the University of Chicago, Malcolm X College – one of the City Colleges of Chicago – and Sinai Urban Health Institute, to carry out contact tracing services in Chicago, with efforts based out of communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations will lead a health-equity based approach to further contain the spread of COVID-19, which will include disbursing 85% of the total grant funding to salaries and benefits for Contact Tracers and Resource Coordinators. Community Based Organizations in areas of high economic hardship have been sub-granted to train and certify a 600-person workforce that will support contact tracing and resource coordination. The 600 newly created jobs (450 Contact Tracers, 30 Contact Tracing Supervisors, 90 Resource Coordinators, and 30 Resource Coordination Supervisors) will be hired directly from the communities of high economic hardship that have been impacted by COVID-19.
The Collaboratory for Health Justice assists with supporting the community based organizations with technical assistance, building a Community of Practice amongst the 31 organizations, leading the program evaluation, and multiple other components of program implementation. View our year 1 Chitracing update here.