PIH U.S. COVID-19 Resource Library

About the Resource Library

The U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit Resource Library is a collection of materials intended to capture the evolving learnings of Partners In Health and our diverse partners across the U.S. as we work shoulder to shoulder to stop COVID-19. With a focus on tools and recommendations to support rapid implementation, we aim to share practical, adaptable information with frontline leaders and practitioners. Across the COVID response cascade—from contact tracing to care resource coordination to vaccination—we bring a relentless focus on equity, aligned with PIH’s commitment to social justice and dedication to those most in need. Resources in the library address this commitment to equity and the ongoing effort to build capacity within the U.S. public health system. Sign up for our U.S. Learning Collaborative to receive information on new resources, webinars, and expert discussions on the topics below and more.

COVID Cascade

  • Community Protection

    Mitigation strategies including mask wearing, social distancing, safe workspaces, and targeted closures are proven to work and are important pillars in preventing COVID-19 transmission. We aim to provide tools and recommendations that support strategic mitigation efforts. Check back in early 2021 for implementation and communications resources as well as events related to community mitigation strategies.

     

     

  • Testing

    More widespread testing is critical to a more effective COVID-19 response, as it allows for faster linkages to care, contact tracing, and connections to resources for supported isolation. Testing and rapid access to results must be made accessible to all, regardless of geography, income, or race.

    Diagnostic Testing for COVID-19: Overview

     

     

  • Case Investigation & Contact Tracing

    Robust contact tracing that facilitates safe quarantine breaks chains of transmission of COVID-19, stops the spread, and saves lives. A comprehensive contact tracing program includes case investigation, identifying known exposed contacts, and providing support for both positive cases and exposed individuals. This must be a continued priority as part of a comprehensive public health response to COVID-19.

    Contact Tracing 101: Key Components of an Effective Program

  • Supported Isolation & Quarantine

    The success of contact tracing hinges on the ability of cases and contacts to safely isolate and quarantine. Without resources to ensure everyone can do so safely, people may be forced to choose between meeting basic needs and quarantining, perpetuating community transmission among the most vulnerable. Through care resource coordination, jurisdictions can address the social determinants of health and reduce disparities currently exacerbated by fragmented social service ecosystems.

    • White Paper—Care Resource Coordination: An Essential Pillar of an Effective and Equitable Pandemic Response 
    Slides—Care Resource Coordination: 11 Key Design Considerations

  • Vaccination

    Safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool for protecting individuals and ending the pandemic. But vaccines without a fair distribution system that prioritizes people most at risk of dying will have limited impact and fuel the inequities that have become starkly apparent through the pandemic. We must build a system now for rapid, widespread, and equitable vaccine distribution, integrated as part of a comprehensive public health response.

    Equitable Vaccine Distribution: Context, Considerations, Implementation

     

     

  • Communications & Social Mobilization

    Culturally-sensitive communications, developed with community involvement and offered in a variety of languages and settings are essential. This facilitates dialogue and sharing of critical information regarding prevention, testing, treatment, and vaccination with populations hardest hit by the pandemic.

    Communications & Community Engagement: Lessons Learned 

     

  • Data Analytics & Evaluation

    Responsive data systems, metrics, and program improvement plans are vital to designing and implementing high-quality, nimble pandemic response programs that can respond to changes in the epidemiological curve of the virus.

    COVID-19 Data Evaluation: Metrics and KPIs

     

  • Public Policy & Advocacy

    Comprehensive policies are necessary to drive an effective, equitable US pandemic response that saves lives and strengthens health systems for the future. We must advocate for policies that move the needle in this direction.

    Recommendations to the Incoming Biden-Harris Administration to Stop COVID-19

     

  • Public Health Workforce Development

    An effective public health response to COVID-19 relies on a representative, well-trained and well-managed workforce. We must commit to rapidly and thoughtfully expanding the public health workforce in the United States in response to this pandemic and with an eye toward building stronger public health infrastructure for the future.

    PIH Contact Tracing Workforce Modeling Tool

  • Focus Populations

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge gaps in the US public health and health care systems and highlighted the negative effects of hundreds of years of structural inequities and systemic racism. In particular, this pandemic has disproportionately impacted low-income, migrant, Indigenous, incarcerated communities, and communities of color. Programs and policies should create a preferential option for these groups.

    COVID-19 and Racism in the US: a PIH Case Study

  • K-12 School Reopening

    School closures exacerbate inequities in education. Studies show limited risk of transmission within schools, and this data should guide decision-making on reopening K-12 schools. Policies should manage and mitigate community and in-school risks while prioritizing younger, special needs, and low-income students.

    K-12 School Reopening: Overview and Emerging Insights

     

Looking for more resources?

In our expanded Resource Library targeted towards implementers, we share tools and materials developed internally through our earlyand ongoingwork with the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative, our PHAU technical advising partners, and our Learning Collaborative members, as well as externally by experts and organizational partners. These resources are intended to support rapid implementation by public health departments and organizations and includes practical tools ranging from workforce models, to contact tracing scripts and workflows. For more resources, please register to join here.

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