University of Alaska Anchorage

Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce - Alaska's AHEC

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The UAA College of Health's Alaska Center for Rural Health & Health Workforce (ACRH-HW) and Division of Population Health Sciences (DPHS) are working with the State of Alaska DHSS to increase the contact tracing workforce. The overarching goal is to train 500 Tier 1-3 level contact tracers in order to be prepared for any outbreaks that may arise in the coming months.  In addition, there is a need to provide public health expert reviews of existing Fishery COVID-19 Response Plans. We are requesting your interest in supporting these efforts. Interested parties can help in the following ways:

  • Serve as a contact tracer
  • Supervise contact tracers
  • Both serve and supervise
  • Review and assess Fishery Processing Plan COVID-19 Response Plans

Stipends will be awarded for completion of training regardless of whether or not contact tracers are deployed and active. If deployed, we will work with candidates individually to determine availability and compensation. If you are interested in working on this project in some capacity, please fill out a survey as we are still collecting interest for our waitlist in case additional spots become available. At this point it is difficult to determine a timeline for deployment of tracers as this is dependent on need.

Please contact Gloria Burnett with any questions, gburnett3@alaska. edu.

 The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program began at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2005. AHECs are academic and community-based partnerships engaged in primary care workforce engagement, training and recruiting, and retaining activities to improve the distribution, diversity, supply and quality of health care personnel. The Alaska AHEC program office (at UAA) contracts with six regional Centers to implement educational activities involving health professions and to expose students to primary care delivery in rural and/or underserved settings. In addition, AHECs work closely with state and local workforce investment boards to identify and address health care needs and shortages. 

The Alaska AHEC addresses its mission by working in the following areas:

  • Engaging Alaskans into health careers to evolve the future health workforce
  • Training health professions students in rural communities or with underserved populations via the AHEC Scholars Program
  • Retaining Alaska‚Äôs health workforce by increasing access to and providing CE/CME opportunities statewide

The AHEC program is made possible through support provided by the University of Alaska Anchorage / Alaska Center for Rural Health-Alaska's AHEC, and HRSA # U77HP23073.