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VTA+ trainings are designed to rapidly and effectively train a large, diverse workforce to respond to COVID-19 in California. Our trainings are offered to employees of Local Health Jurisdictions and state employees. Some of our trainings are offered in both English and Spanish. In addition to our core trainings, the VTA+ and our partners offer other opportunities.

Core Trainings

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Case Investigation & Contact Tracing (CICT)

Learn how to perform interviews with a case or contact, practice health coaching skills and motivational interviewing techniques, provide information and resources, and link people to services.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) and state employees who will be working as case investigators (CI) or contact tracers (CT).

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Outbreak Management (OMG)

Gain skills and knowledge for outbreak investigation and management to control the transmission and spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction and state employees who will be working in the area of outbreak management of COVID-19.

What Learners Say

“The VTA training allowed think time, practice time and gave enough support and encouragement to boost professionalism and mastering content. You are the only source that prepared me and gave me enough confidence to do the job.”

CICT Course Participant, February 2021

“The content of this training met my expectations and was very informative and presented perfectly. The small group breakout activities were great and also gave me an understanding of what other people in this profession have come across.“

Vaccine Communication Course Participant, July 2021

Cultural Humility (CH)

Learn the core principles of Cultural Humility and how to apply them towards respectful and effective engagement with diverse communities impacted by COVID-19.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) and state employees who are working as case investigators (CI) or contact tracers (CT). Successful completion of the VTA Case Investigation & Contact Tracing training is required before this training.

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Vaccine Communications (VAX)

Learn to effectively communicate information about COVID-19 vaccines during telephone interviews by understanding barriers and enablers, common FAQs, and health coaching skills.

This training is for Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) and state employees who will be working in the area of COVID-19 vaccine outreach and communication.

10,130

learners completed one or more VTA+ courses since May 2020

32%

average gain in self-reported skills from pre-to post- training by
VTA+ learners

58

learners from all 58 counties in California have completed VTA+ trainings

Other VTA+ Offerings

Advanced Topic Trainings

Advanced Topics (AT) trainings focus on current public health issues and response strategies and are offered every month. They are designed for VTA+ core training alumni and are short in length.

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) connect COVID response staff from specific groups and regions to stay updated on information and guidance, learn from one another, and promote wellness.

California Pathways into Public Health Initiative

CA Public Health Corps (CA-PHC) is an innovative program that provides training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support to create a pathway into the field of public health.

California Public Health Reserve Corps

The California Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) are employee volunteers from CA state departments trained to provide critical support during public health emergencies.

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