Communicable Disease Interview Skills Lab - April 27, 2023




(Registration will open on 3/30)



Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Due to high demand, this Skills Lab is being offered only to staff and volunteers working on communicable diseases, including COVID-19, in Colorado. Thank you for understanding!


To provide Colorado public health professionals who conduct communicable disease case investigations with the opportunity to practice communication skills vital for any communicable disease interview.

What to Expect

Prior to the training, participants will be sent materials to review in preparation for the Skills Lab. During this 3-hour online workshop, participants will: 

  • Receive interviewing tips from subject matter experts related to building and maintaining rapport.
  • Observe others and practice their own interviewing skills during skills practice in small groups.

These sessions are intended as a safe space for participants to prepare, practice, ask questions, and get feedback. 

Participant Materials

All materials for this skills lab can be printed or downloaded on your computer. Required materials include:

Communicable Disease Skills Lab Participant Manual (provided) - The Participant Manual includes a copy of the Colorado Shigellosis Case Investigation Form, which will be used for one of the skills practice sessions. More information on this pathogen can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Communicable Disease Manual website. A brief overview of this pathogen will be shared during the training.

Interested but not available during this time? We will be offering this Skills Lab at least monthly for the first half of 2023, so please check our website every few weeks for new workshop dates.

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities to engage fully. Please let us know of any accommodations that will assist your full participation.

Learning Objectives

After completion of the Communicable Disease Skill Lab, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to build and maintain rapport with cases during an interview.
  • Apply rapport-building and culturally responsive communication skills during an interview.
  • Demonstrate how to navigate common case concerns during an interview.
Length of Learning Opportunity
3 hours
Registration Information
Click on "register" to register for the workshop. You will need to log in or create an account. Please email with registration questions.
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

This training is led by:


Technical Requirements

You must have access to a webcam or to an internet-capable device equipped with a camera and a microphone (such as a laptop). Our staff can help you get set up if this is new for you. Please reach out to registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.eduif you need assistance with this.

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