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Resources by Topic: Planning and strategy methods and resources

Rural Community-based Palliative Care: Improving Health and Reducing Disparities in Access and Services
Toolkit describing a framework for the development of rural community-based palliative care capacity and services. Includes information and links to resources regarding assessing community needs, foundational tools, process development, service implementation.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Interpreting MBQIP Hospital Data Reports for Quality Improvement
Designed to help Critical Access Hospital (CAH) staff use Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Hospital Data Reports to support quality improvement efforts and improve patient care in their facility. Includes examples of how to interpret MBQIP reports, links to additional resources, and a glossary of keywords.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Community Vaccination Centers Playbook
Provides guidance on federal support for Community Vaccination Centers, explaining federal support to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in their COVID-19 vaccine administration efforts. Covers fixed facility, drive-through, and mobile vaccination clinics, with checklists of actions and conceptual layouts for each facility type.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Pandemic Response Technology Response Plan
Provides information for healthcare providers to support technology responses during pandemics, including telemedicine. Organizes action planning based on 11 critical areas, including maintaining access to care, implementing remote work, and proving public health and transportation assistance, among others.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center
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Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19
A tool to help states and counties plan for COVID-19 vaccination. Provides county-level estimates for the size of different priority populations and the percent vaccine coverage achievable under various scenarios. Users can select which groups to vaccinate, count available doses, and select an allocation approach.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Ariadne Labs
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Increase Healthy Beverage Consumption and Reduce Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs): A Community Roadmap
Interactive resource provides guidance for tribal communities to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and promote healthy beverage options. Provides resources and information to support healthy beverage programs, such as how to conduct a needs assessment, identify stakeholders, and choose an appropriate strategy.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Notah Begay III Foundation
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COVID-19 Vaccination
Information on vaccine planning, administration, storage and handling, and more. Includes clinical information for each COVID-19 vaccine. Also offers a vaccination communication toolkit and other resources to help healthcare providers communicate with patients about the vaccine.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Agriculture Workers and Employers: Interim Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor
Presents guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19 among agricultural workers on farms, ranches, and other sites of agricultural production. Discusses operational planning for cleaning and disinfecting, risk management, and screening.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Labor
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Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan: Overview
Provides a foundation for state, territorial, local, and tribal agencies' identification and investigation of patients with confirmed and probable diagnoses of COVID-19, and identification and monitoring of their contacts who have been exposed to the virus. Includes recommendations for roles and responsibilities for key public health officials and methods for investigating COVID-19 cases.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers: Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - (COVID-19)
Supplements general guidance for workers and employers involved in beef, pork, and poultry processing operations. Describes risks for exposure to COVID-19 and offers recommendations for creating a COVID-19 assessment and control plan.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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