National Public Health Organizations Request $7.6 Billion in Emergency Supplemental Funding for Contact Tracing Efforts
A coalition of national public health organizations and associations, including the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the National Coalition of STD Directors, released a $7.6 billion federal emergency supplemental funding request to support an expanded and robust nationwide contact tracing workforce amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The coalition request details a three-tiered approach to building the national contact investigation workforce:
- Tier 1: At least 100,000 Contact Tracers ($4.8 billion)
- Tier 2: At least 10,000 Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Supervisors ($1.3 billion)
- Tier 3: At least 1,600 Epidemiologists ($240 million)
The supplemental funding request also includes at least $700 million for technology and training, at least $100 million for the Medical Reserve Corps, and at least $350 million for public health workforce loan repayment.
The full emergency supplemental funding request is available here.