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Resources by Topic: Planning and strategy methods and resources

Key Considerations for Transferring Patients to Relief Healthcare Facilities when Responding to Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States
Guidance for state and local emergency medical planners and healthcare facilities, including facilities in rural areas, around patient safety and relief healthcare facility operations. Addresses considerations around the transfer of patients, staff, and supplies between healthcare facilities to optimize patient care, balance resources, and minimize use of crisis care standards.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health Departments: 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: 07/2020
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: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Grantee Sourcebook: Rural Health Network Planning Development Program, 2019
Detailed descriptions of 25 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program grant projects funded in fiscal year 2019. Reports on each grantee's network infrastructure development, plans for sustaining the network after the grant, and program activities addressing topics such as integrated service delivery, behavioral health, telehealth, and care coordination. Grantee profiles identify the geographic areas served, network partners, and primary contact person.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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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: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Labor
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Community Paramedicine Impact Reference Guide
Spreadsheet identifying journal articles that describe the impact of community paramedicine (CP) programs. Includes the article citation, a brief abstract, program services and impacts, and the country where it was implemented. Covers CP program impacts for patients, healthcare systems, healthcare providers, payers, and other stakeholders.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Paramedic Foundation
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Four Stages of Planning and Implementation During COVID-19: One Rural Hospital's Preparations
Highlights a rural California hospital's four stage plan in preparing for a potential patient surge related to the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses actions achieved to ensure quality in the current care and treatment of patients. Discusses the steps taken to provide care through community outreach and to maintain financial support.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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RCAP Planning for Pandemics Toolkit
Toolkit designed by the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) to help small water systems prepare for an epidemic. Includes flyers on COVID-19 and sanitation, and a continuity of operations plan template that can be used to prepare for a pandemic.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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The Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program Toolkits
A list of evidence-based resources and tools created for public health and healthcare professionals to use in their planning and response efforts. Includes sections on healthcare preparedness, preparedness evaluation, models for planning and training, emergency risk communication, and long-term care facilities. Includes toolkits relevant to the COVID-19 response.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities During a Pandemic
Provides resources to help first responders plan for the impacts of a severe pandemic. Offers ways to adjust operations to maintain readiness, planning tools for local leaders, and reference sheets with discipline-specific action steps.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Fire Administration
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