This page offers a compilation of COVID-19-related resources, information, and news. The content on this page is reviewed and updated as new information becomes available.
Page last updated on 12/15/20
PHAB is committed to supporting health departments’ accreditation work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be flexible and work with health departments that are applying for or maintaining accreditation. On December 15, 2020, PHAB released an updated Supplemental Guidance document describing temporary changes in the accreditation process and requirements. This includes information regarding extension requests for various PHAB deadlines as well as changes in documentation requirements, the review process, and site visits. This document is based on a survey of health departments and site visitors PHAB conducted in May/June 2020, as well as feedback we have received from the field on an ongoing basis.
Released in May, PHAB’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program Checklists were developed to support accredited health departments’ COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. In response to the positive feedback, PHAB is now making these available to the field in PDF and Word versions. The checklists itemize key elements of a COVID-19 contact tracing program and focus on those elements that must especially be considered for a rapid expansion of the number of contact tracers conducting COVID-19 investigations and follow-up. Depending on local circumstances and resources, contact tracing initiatives are likely to take many forms. However, PHAB’s checklists will benefit health departments no matter how they are implementing COVID-19 contact tracing in their jurisdictions. For more information and to access the checklists, click here.
Other Contact Tracing Resources
- From PHF: Health departments can now receive a customized package of online training for their COVID-19 contact tracers. Learn more about this free service from the Public Health Foundation at www.phf.org/contacttracing, or fill out this quick and easy form to indicate the trainings you’d like to include for your COVID-19 contact tracing workforce.
- ASTHO and NCSD’s Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers, provides an introductory, online training opportunity to help health departments rapidly train entry-level contact tracers.
- CDC’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training includes Guidance, Resources and a Sample Training Plan.
- CDC’s new consumer-facing page on contact tracing.
- CDC’s COVID-19 Service Corps emergency response online job site.
- Purdue University Global’s free COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course provides self-guided instruction consisting of five online bundles and can be completed in 6 to 8 hours.
- NACCHO/ASTHO/George Washington University’s Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator helps gauge the number of staff needed to effectively trace contacts of all infected people in a jurisdiction.
- Johns Hopkins University’s free COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training provides online, beginner-level instruction.
ACCREDITED HEALTH DEPARTMENTS’ ROLE IN THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Feature Stories: A running compilation of news stories gathered from various local and national news source highlighting the commitment and dedication of PHAB-accredited health departments in the time of COVID-19.
Health Affairs Blog: No Longer Invisible: The Critical Role of Local Health Departments in Responding to COVID-19, published April 16, 2020 and co–authored by Jessica Kronstadt, PHAB Vice President, Program, Research and Evaluation.
de Beaumont Foundation feature: Why Public Health Matters, helps tell the story of the public health response to the pandemic through 60-second videos contributed by public health workers. Includes PHAB President and CEO Dr. Paul Kuehnert discussing how PHAB accreditation bolsters health departments’ emergency preparedness efforts.
THE LINK BETWEEN ACCREDITATION AND PREPAREDNESS
PHAB Brief, Strengthening the Foundation for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, released in April, highlights some of the ways preparing for accreditation has helped accredited health departments strengthen the tools needed in a response effort.
Several articles and blog posts discuss the link between accreditation and preparedness:
- COVID-19 Battles are Local – JPHMP Direct, May 2020
- The Recipe to Rebuild a More Robust and Resilient Public Health System – The Hill, August 2020
Accreditation documentation related to COVID-19 response and preparedness. The following resources provide insights about COVID-19 related examples that could potentially be included as documentation for PHAB.
- Addendum: PHAB Scope Guidance Pertaining to COVID-19 Activities. This is an addendum to PHAB’s guidance about appropriate examples to submit for documentation.
- PHAB Webinar, A Conversation on Accreditation with PHAB, presented as part of the phPIN Monthly Webinar Series on May 18, 2020, includes a selection of standards that might be particularly relevant to COVID-19 response efforts (registration in the phPIN network required)
News Story: Sacramento County public health lab faced years of budget cuts. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, published in The Sacramento Bee, April 27, 2020. This story includes an interview with PHAB President and CEO Dr. Paul Kuehnert and highlights the important link between accreditation and access to funding, expertise, and other resources necessary for a successful COVID-19 response.
Innovation and COVID-19
Health departments have been innovating as part of their COVID-19 response efforts. PHNCI is collecting and sharing innovation stories and messages from health departments. Read stories and submit yours here. PHNCI also has resources to support health departments in their innovation efforts. Visit PHNCI’s webpage here to learn more.
EXAMPLES OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT (QI) WORK DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
QI project shared by Franklin County Health Department in Frankfort, Kentucky: COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Storyboard
NIHB has released the following new facts sheets on the NIHB COVID-19 Resource Center, found under Community Health Tools.
- Caution Fatigue during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Case Investigation & Contact Tracing
- COVID-19 & Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
- Reopening During COVID-19: Considerations for Tribal Nations
- UPDATED: How We Talk About COVID-19
PHF (Public Health Foundation) has developed a live search tool for training related to COVID-19 available through the TRAIN Learning Network. The searches will automatically update as new training is added to TRAIN. Access COCA calls and other training from CDC, the World Health Organization, and other training providers.