STD Core Training

All current and newly hired Communicable Disease Specialists (CDS) are required to complete the following Core CDS Training. Each training provides vital skills and skill development which are designed to help enhance all CDS' ability to perform essential duties. Instructions for registering for CDC Train can be found here 

All upcoming virtual training opportunities hosted by the STD Office can be found on the training calendar. You can also find additional cross-training opportunities here on the training calendar. Follow registration directions for all CDC Train listings. 

  • Passport to Partner Services

    The Passport to Partner Services online modules for providers cover all Partner Services (PS) aspects and are designed for PS professionals of all experience levels. There are 14 modules online. Eight of these modules focus on key concepts of disease: infectious diseases and human anatomy, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), HIV infection and AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. The other six modules focus on the core competencies of partner services: introduction to partner services for PS service providers, communication skills, interviews (5 sub-units), field survey and information reports, referral and link to care, and management of syphilis and VCA cases. 


    For each significant disease concept module, you will learn about the characteristics of the disease and how it is spread from person to person. You will also learn about testing methods, treatment options, prevention strategies, and case management principles. Each Key Partner Services module will give you the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be a confident and effective PS service provider. Click Here

  • STD/HIV Partner Services Interview Demo Video

    This video shows a mock Partner Services interview with a syphilis client. The discussion also covers a wide range of HIV prevention. The use of the STD/HIV interview format is emphasized throughout the video. Click Here

  • Referrals and Linkage to Care

    This training aims to understand the importance of referring patients and partners to a range of support services. You will learn how to assess referral needs and ensure successful referrals. You will also have the opportunity to practice making referrals. Click Here

  • Interviewing Techniques (I is for investigation series)

    (Expired on Mar 1, 2022, Will Be Updated) This training outlines different interview methods, interview standardization, interviewer training, interview techniques, and confidentiality. This training is part of the “I is for Investigation” training series, which aims to introduce non-epidemiologists to the basics of an outbreak investigation. Click Here

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

    This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive and assertive service to your patients. It examines concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity, terms patients can use to describe themselves, and communication strategies used with patients to show respect for people's sexuality and gender. Click Here

  • Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care for DIS 

    This course is designed to introduce Disease Intervention (DIS) specialists to the principles and strategies of post-trauma care so that they are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to support clients who have suffered trauma. This course includes many printable resources to refer to and include in your DIS toolkit. Click Here

  • Introduction to Telephone Interviewing for DIS

    This module introduces the basic principles and best practices for conducting telephone interviews for Partner Service Providers (i.e. CDS or DIS). You will learn about professionalism, confidentiality, and cultural competence. You will also learn how to prepare and conduct a telephone interview. By mastering these communication skills, you can conduct telephone interviews with greater confidence and effectiveness. Click Here

  • Introduction to Public Health Detailing for DIS

    This course aims to educate and inform DIS on how to implement high-quality, comprehensive public health details for health and medical professionals. In addition to introducing the details, this course also helps to prepare DIS for all aspects of the details, from preparing for the initial visit to developing key information and developing a follow-up action plan. Click Here

  • SendSS (State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System) Training -


    This training is hosted by the state STD office. The training is designed to introduce new SendSS users to the STD SendSS module of the state surveillance system. This is a one-day virtual training. Training offerings will be listed on the training calendar once available. 

  • Connecting Cross-Sectors to Advance Health Equity Where it Matters

    This recording captures a 90-minute session from a live online seminar on May 24, 2021

    Lately, there has been a rise in efforts within workplaces to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. These initiatives aim to tackle disparities in public health. The phrase "Nothing for us, without us" has promoted inclusiveness and ensured the representation of diverse individuals when planning and executing interventions related to addressing Social Determinants of Health. Nevertheless, to truly overcome these inequalities, it's essential to go beyond traditional roles and work together to tackle complex issues spanning multiple sectors. Click Here

Request for registration can be sent directly to Denika Lomax, Health Promotion and Program Assessment Senior Manager via email at: [email protected] 

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