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 5/26/2020
On March 18, 2020, the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic prompted PHAB to issue a 90-day extension to help alleviate the stress of accreditation-related deadlines for health departments currently engaged in the initial and reaccreditation processes. This extension applies to all health departments, ranging from initial accreditation registration through reaccreditation decision, ACARs, and Annual Reports, regardless of where the health department is in the process of seeking accreditation. Read More
TWO NEW RESOURCES FROM PHAB!
JPHMP Direct, May 26, 2020. In this new blog, PHAB Chief Program Officer Robin Wilcox, MPA, shares ways PHAB’s national standards provide a roadmap for how health departments promote health in their communities every day—and especially in times of public health emergencies. The next phase of health departments’ response to COVID-19 depends on their capacity to effectively scale up contact tracing.
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
- 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.
- Public Health Foundation’s continuously updated live search tool for COVID-19-related contact tracing through the TRAIN Learning Network.
- CDC’s COVID-19 Service Corps emergency response online job site.
- 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 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 PHAB Director of Research and Evaluation Jessica Kronstadt.
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.
PHAB Webinar, Using the PHAB Standards & Measures in Public Health Emergencies and the COVID-19 Response, presented to the Tribal Accreditation Learning Community on April 20, 2020:
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.