Recruitment for the Fall/Winter 2022 Cohort has now closed. Future cohort information coming soon!

The Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills (CEDIS) program supports skills building in interviewing, rapport-building, problem-solving, and cultural humility by matching experienced DIS to newer DIS for an 8-week coaching program. The program focuses on the “soft” skills essential for effective disease intervention work and is intended to supplement routine onboarding and training for new DIS. CEDIS is a cohort-based program. Recruitment for coaches and participants will take place throughout the year as new cohorts are announced.

Participants

All state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments are eligible and encouraged to nominate newer DIS to participate in the program. Newer DIS are those newer to their disease intervention role who have completed all or most of the onboarding and required training.

Coaches

Experienced DIS working in health departments are encouraged to apply to be a coach. Experienced DIS have at least three years of current or prior frontline disease intervention work experience. CEDIS relies on experienced DIS interested in coaching newer DIS. It is also an important professional development opportunity to receive training on how to be an effective coach and to network with peers from across the country.

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The Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills (CEDIS) program matches experienced disease intervention staff, specifically Disease Intervention Specialists or DIS, to newer DIS for an 8-week coaching program. The program focuses on the “soft” skills essential for effective disease intervention work, specifically interviewing, rapport-building, problem-solving, and cultural humility.

Participants

Participation in the CEDIS program is intended to supplement routine onboarding and training for newer DIS.

Click HERE to access the Participant Description.

Coaches

Serving as a CEDIS program coach offers a professional development opportunity for experienced DIS. CEDIS coaches receive training on how to be an effective coach and have opportunities to network with peers from across the country. The CEDIS program relies on experienced DIS interested in coaching newer DIS.

Click HERE to access the Coach Description.

How to Apply


JSI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) are pleased to announce the first CEDIS program cohort, to take place in Fall/Winter 2022. The application period has now closed.

Nominate DIS for Participation!

Health departments must complete a Participant Application on behalf of newer DIS interested in receiving coaching.

Apply to be a Coach!

You will need to upload a copy of your resume and a letter of support from your supervisor, program manager, or health director. Please use this Letter of Support template.

CEDIS Program Schedule


Coach Orientation and Training Dates: Mark your Calendar!

If you are applying to be a coach, please mark your calendar with the following dates for orientation and training. Please note that dates and times are subject to change, if necessary, to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Upcoming Sessions

CEDIS Program Webinars

Informational Session about Nominating Newer DIS for Participation

This webinar provides an overview of the Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills (CEDIS) program, which matches experienced disease intervention staff, specifically Disease Intervention Specialists or DIS, to newer DIS for an 8-week coaching program. The program focuses on the “soft” skills essential for effective disease intervention work, specifically interviewing, rapport-building, problem-solving, and cultural humility. The will outlines what participation in the CEDIS program involves and the process for health departments to nominate newer DIS for this program. This webinar will include a question-and-answer session.

Informational Session about Coaching

This webinar provides an overview of the Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills (CEDIS) program, which matches experienced disease intervention staff, specifically Disease Intervention Specialists or DIS, to newer DIS for an 8-week coaching program. The program focuses on the “soft” skills essential for effective disease intervention work, specifically interviewing, rapport-building, problem-solving, and cultural humility. The webinar focuses on the role of coaches within the CEDIS program and how experienced DIS can apply for this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have any further questions, please email CEDIS@jsi.com.

General Questions

Is the CEDIS program only for DIS?

Yes. The purpose of the CEDIS program is to provide coaching to disease intervention staff, specifically Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). CEDIS focuses on how the “soft” skills of interviewing, rapport-building, problem-solving, and cultural humility are applied to disease investigation work. Only newer DIS are eligible to receive coaching and only experienced DIS are eligible to serve as coaches.

Note: DIS job classifications and titles vary within health departments, but the primary functions for DIS are conducting case investigations and contact tracing and offering partner services. For more information on DIS, visit www.cdc.gov/std/projects/disease-intervention/default.html.

Are all health departments eligible to nominate DIS for participation in the program?

Yes. All state, local, tribal, and territorial health department programs are eligible to nominate DIS for participation in the program.

Can an application be started and completed at a later time?

CEDIS program applications, which are completed online, do not have a “Save” function. Once the online application is open in a web browser window, any information entered will be lost if the window is closed. You may leave the window open and come back to it at a later time; however, to reduce the risk of losing your work, we recommend that you preview the application before beginning and complete it in one sitting.

What happens if an application is not accepted for the currently enrolling cohort?

If more participant or coach applications are received than there are available spots in a cohort, applications will be added to a waitlist for enrollment in a future cohort. The CEDIS program team will notify applicants if they are placed on the waitlist and will provide additional detail about upcoming cohorts and next steps. For the latest information on the CEDIS program schedule, visit jsi.com/cedis.

When did the CEDIS program start?

The CEDIS program launched on August 29, 2022. The Fall/Winter 2022 cohort is the first CEDIS program cohort.

When is the next cohort?

The Fall/Winter 2022 cohort is the inaugural cohort for the CEDIS program. The next cohort will be announced following the Fall/Winter 2022 recruitment and enrollment period. For the latest information on the CEDIS program schedule, visit jsi.com/cedis.

How much does it cost to participate in the CEDIS program?

There is no cost for enrolling in the CEDIS program.

Do the coaching sessions have to occur weekly?

The CEDIS program is an 8-week coaching program. Coaches and participants must meet eight times in order to successfully complete the program. Coaches and participants determine their meeting schedule (date and time), with the goal of meeting at least weekly for one hour. However, it is understood that some adjustments may be required, such as to accommodate vacation and holiday schedules. If scheduling challenges arise, coaches and/or participants should contact the Coach Coordinator or Participant Coordinator.

How are coaches and participants matched?

The CEDIS program team conducts the matching process, taking into consideration factors such as regional/geographic similarities, priority areas of focus for public health follow-up, and language preferences, among others. Coaches and participants from the same health department will not be matched.

What if a coach or participant is deployed or changes positions while enrolled?

If a coach or participant is deployed or changes positions, this should be communicated to either the Coach Coordinator or Participant Coordinator as soon as possible. The CEDIS program team will work with those impacted by the change to make necessary accommodations.

Is the CEDIS program available in Spanish?

CEDIS program materials are currently only available in English. The CEDIS program team will do its best to meet language-specific preferences. Coaches are asked to indicate in their application if they speak a language other than English, and health departments can indicate language preferences and/or needs in the application for participants.

Coach-specific Questions

What is the expected time commitment for coaches?

Coach orientation and training is scheduled for six hours over four sessions – one orientation session, two training sessions, and one practice session.

During the active coaching period, it is anticipated that coaches will spend approximately two hours per participant on preparing for, conducting, and following up on coaching sessions.

Additionally, during the active coaching period, coach support sessions will be held. The support sessions are one-hour long and are intended to provide additional training on best practices for coaching and an opportunity to share experiences and troubleshoot challenges, as well as to foster networking opportunities among the coaches. Coach support sessions will be offered every other week. Coaches are asked to attend at least two of the support sessions, but welcome to attend all.

Does the program offer incentives for coaches?

There is no monetary compensation or other incentives available for coaches.

How will coaches be selected?

Experienced DIS working in state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments are eligible to apply to serve as coaches for the CEDIS program. Applications will be reviewed to ensure the applicant meets the criteria to serve as a coach, in particular, that they have at least three years of frontline disease intervention work experience (e.g., performing case interviews and investigations, contact tracing, engaging cases and contacts in needed interventions). Experience should be in STIs, HIV, hepatitis, TB, and/or other infectious diseases. Both current and prior DIS work experience is accepted. For more information about coach eligibility requirements, see the CEDIS Coach Position Description.

If more coach applications are received than there are available spots in a cohort, applications will be added to a waitlist for enrollment in a future cohort.

What if I am not able to attend a coach orientation, training, or support sessions?

If you have a scheduling conflict, please contact the Coach Coordinator as soon as possible so alternate arrangements can be made.

Do coaches need to repeat orientation and training for each cohort they participate in?

If a coach serves in more than one cohort, they do not need to repeat the process for future cohorts.

If a coach is working with two participants, can the coach schedule a group session?

No. Coaches and participants work one-on-one.

How will coaches work with participants?

After coaches are matched with a participant, they will communicate with the participant to schedule an initial meeting. During the initial meeting, they will review the participant’s self-assessment results, work with the participant to develop goals for the coaching period, and determine a schedule for the coaching sessions. During sessions, coaches will provide the opportunity for dialogue by asking thought-provoking, open-ended questions that help someone make important decisions, recognize behavioral changes, and take action themselves. Coaches suggest approaches and provide recommendations to assist the person they are coaching to overcome obstacles and build their skills. The CEDIS coach role is to build capacity of current DIS for interviewing, rapport-building, problem-solving, and cultural humility, not to provide performance feedback or career counseling.

In addition to coach orientation and training, coaches receive a Coach Guide that includes detailed information and resources to help coaches plan and conduct coaching sessions. Additionally, the Coach Coordinator is available to support coaches throughout the process.

Participant-specific Questions

Who is considered a newer DIS?

Newer DIS are defined as individuals who are newer to their disease intervention role and have completed all or the majority of the onboarding and training required to be actively involved in DIS work.

Can newer DIS interested in the CEDIS program nominate themselves?

Health departments must complete the Participant Application on behalf of newer DIS interested in receiving coaching. DIS are encouraged to talk to their supervisor about participation in the program.

Coming Soon

Future cohort information will be added when available. 

Any Questions?

Email CEDIS@jsi.com