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Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

COVID-19: Federal Efforts Could Be Strengthened by Timely and Concerted Actions
Examines key actions the federal government has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies lessons learned and issues that require continued attention by federal policymakers. Details recommendations to prepare for and improve the ongoing federal response.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations
Offers state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs guidance on planning and implementing COVID-19 vaccination programs within their jurisdictions. Provides information on identifying critical populations, recruiting and retaining providers, allocating and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and more. Includes rural considerations.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 in Appalachia
Offers information, data, and resources for addressing COVID-19 in the Appalachian region. Includes county level COVID-19 confirmed case counts with economic status and its impact on key socioeconomic indicators. Provides additional information for Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grantees.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19
Overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic can affect disaster preparedness and recovery. Addresses hurricane preparation, lowering risk of COVID-19 in public disaster shelters, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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States Use Appendix K Waivers to Support Home- and Community-Based Services in Response to COVID-19
Provides an overview of how states are utilizing Appendix K waivers to promote flexibility and modify their home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an interactive map and chart outlining each state's modifications.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
Provides a compilation of resources and strategies for quality improvement, management, and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes. Includes information on testing, workforce and staffing, infection control, personal protective equipment, patient transfers, telehealth services, and more. Includes recommendations and examples from rural areas throughout.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities
Lists Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waivers and flexibilities available to healthcare providers to ensure healthcare access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes blanket waivers and fact sheets for specific types of providers, as well as approved states' other coronavirus 1135 waivers.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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DRA's Response to COVID-19
Provides information on DRA programs and initiatives related to COVID-19. Includes a map of COVID-19 cases in the region, as well as county-level planning reports.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Delta Regional Authority
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COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
Resources and tools to help address healthcare workforce challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency. Addresses training, licensure, scope of practice, liability protection, workforce protection, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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National Governors Association: Coronavirus: What You Need To Know
An overview of federal and state actions to address COVID-19, as well as links to state government pages from each state focused on coronavirus.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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