Hektoen announces COVID-19 contact tracing initiative

Chicago, Illinois

July 30, 2020

The Hektoen Institute of Medical Research is a 501(c)(3) organization and grant administrator headquartered in the City of Chicago. For over seventy years, Hektoen has served as a venue to promote funding for medical research and education.

As Cook County recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening efforts will depend on public health testing, contact tracing, a sustained healthcare system capacity to respond to new outbreaks and public compliance with existing containment and mitigation efforts.  The Hektoen Institute in collaboration with Cook County Department of Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health will participate in addressing the contact tracing component.

The Hektoen Institute is currently accepting resumes from residents of Cook County who are interested in working to stop the spread of COVID-19. Hektoen in collaboration with the Cook County Department of Public Health will offer full-time, temporary Contact Tracer positions with full benefits, and will provide training to develop skills and career paths in public health and patient care. These positions are temporary in nature and will last for 6 months.

The Hektoen Institute was awarded a contract by Cook County Health on July 23, 2020, through funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health for rapid start-up of the Cook County Department of Public Health Contact Tracing Initiative. Hektoen will directly employ two supervisors, eight case investigators and fifty contact tracers who will function as part of the CCDPH COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative. These employees will be dedicated to helping suburban Cook County residents who have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus in identifying available resources for them and in identifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. Interested applicants should click on the link below to review the position descriptions and apply:

Hektoen COVID – 19 Contact Tracing Initiative

Eligible applicants should be familiar with suburban Cook County and have a high school diploma or equivalent background. Multi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.


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