Creating a Diverse Healthcare Workforce

CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves discussed the Contact Tracing grant The Partnership received from the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health to help stem the transmission of COVID-19 and create a diverse healthcare workforce on WGN-TV news. Watch the segment here.

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced a $56 million grant award to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to create 600 contact tracing jobs to combat the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.

Our leaders are sharing critical information with local partners and stakeholders about workforce development during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the links below to learn more.



Q and A 

What is the Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps?  

The Chicago COVID Contact Tracing Corps will consist of: 

    • 30 competitively procured Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) from Chicago’s hardest-hit communities 
    • 450 Contact Tracers and 30 Supervisors hired by the CBOs 
    • An “Earn & Learn” career development program in healthcare occupations for permanent employment upon completion of tracing corps (separately funded by public and private sector collaboration) 

What does a contact tracer do? 

Contact tracing is a process that is widely used in public health to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. It involves speaking to people who have had sustained contact with an individual who tested positive for the disease. Through a series of interviews, the contact tracers will:

• Contact people who may have been exposed
• Link contacts to COVID-19 testing
• Connect contacts to services such as healthcare, housing or employment

Who’s Hiring Now?

Even in these challenging times, there are local employers seeking talented employees. Check here for more information. 


Where Can I Find More Information About Services the Partnership Offers?

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) funds a variety of workforce agencies serving as a comprehensive employment and training resource for employers, jobseekers of all ages, TANF recipients, veterans, and youth throughout the Chicagoland region. Through The Partnership’s network of more than 50 workforce agencies, we are connecting jobseekers with skills needed to secure sustainable employment, and we are connecting employers with a trained and ready workforce.  All services are free! Find a workforce agency near you. 

Watch ‘The Doc Is In: Ask Dr. Arwady” featuring our CEO Karin M. Norington-Reaves as she shares how The Partnership is working to serve the Chicagoland area’s workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Scams

Scammers are opportunists looking to take advantage of any situation. Unfortunately, this includes disguising themselves as contact tracers or health department employees during a pandemic. Here are some tips identify scams.