COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in Montana

About the Training

MPHTC and MT DPHHS have teamed up to provide a this online course, using Moodle. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate. You will have the choice to be added to the state volunteer list, where you may be contacted by a health department in Montana to help with contact tracing efforts. 

Note: If you have already completed the contact training course and would like to register as a potential volunteer for the state, please visit their registry page: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/phep/mhmas.

Available: Now!

Cost: Free

Sign up for the course here!

Description

This course is for public health staff who investigate communicable diseases in Montana, and other public health and medical staff who may be recruited as part of a surge during a COVID-19 outbreak. The course will introduce governing laws and authorities related to public health communicable disease investigations in Montana, provide the necessary knowledge about COVID-19 and cases investigation processes specific to Montana, and share additional guidance on how to respond during outbreak investigations

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the powers, authority and governing laws related to public health investigations in Montana
  • Understand COVID-19 disease transmission, investigation and control
  • Describe outbreak response and surge capacity during communicable disease events in Montana

Trainer Information

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Dana Fejes

Dana Fejes has worked at the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau at Montana DPHHS for seven years. She was a foodborne and outbreak epidemiologist for five years before supervising the STD/HIV section in her current position. Now a Griz alumni, Dana earned her Master of Public Health at the University of Montana. Dana loves spending her time with her family and animals at her little farm.

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Stacey Anderson

Stacey Anderson is the Lead Epidemiologist for the Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau at Montana DPHHS and has worked for the state for nine years. Prior to that, Stacey worked for the Environmental Epidemiology Program at the Utah Department of Health. She has a background and training in infectious diseases and earned a Master of Public Health from Westminster College. When Stacey has free time (before COVID), she enjoys hiking with her husband, reading, and working in the garden.

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Blair Tomsheck

Blair Tomsheck has been a nurse for 11 years, mainly with hospital experience. She started in public health in June of 2019 and is currently the Interim Director for the Toole County Public Health Department. Blair learned as she went through this pandemic. She plays as hard as she works, trying to find a happy balance. Blair raises two little boys and farms alongside their dad.