The Comprehensive COVID-19 Response Cascade

Communities and public health leaders must build and maintain support for all pillars of COVID-19 response: community protection, testing, contact tracing, supported isolation, and vaccination. Neglect of any one of these components will delay recovery from the current pandemic and leave us underprepared for future outbreaks of infectious disease.

Community Protection> Testing> Case Investigation and Contact Tracing> Supported Isolation and Quarantine> Vaccination

Community Protection

Mitigation strategies including mask wearing, social distancing, safe workspaces, and targeted closures are proven strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Technical brief
NewK-12 Schools & COVID-19: Research and Guidance for a Comprehensive Response
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Tools and protocols
Business Procedures: COVID-19
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Webinar
Shifting Centers of Power in Vaccine Rollout: Community Leadership Aspects of Implementation
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Technical brief
COVID-19 Community Protection
Friday, January 1, 2021

Testing

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 available to all, regardless of geography, income, or race.

Technical brief
NewHome-Based Testing Briefing
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Technical brief
NewK-12 Schools & COVID-19: Research and Guidance for a Comprehensive Response
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Technical brief
Testing Overview
Thursday, October 7, 2021

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.

Training
Vaccine Information for Contact Tracers
Monday, April 26, 2021
Technical brief
Contact Tracing 101: Key Components of an Effective Program
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Webinar
Contact Tracing as Cases Surge: How We Can, and Why We Must
Monday, November 23, 2020
Tools and protocols
PIH Contact Tracing Workforce Modeling Tool
Friday, July 31, 2020

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. Through care resource coordination, jurisdictions can address the social determinants of health and reduce disparities currently exacerbated by fragmented social service ecosystems.

Training
CRC Case Study: The Massachusetts CTC Care Resource Coordination Program
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Technical brief
Care Resource Coordination White Paper: An Essential Pillar of an Effective and Equitable Pandemic Response
Monday, April 26, 2021
Technical brief
Care Resource Coordination Deck: An Essential Part of an Effective and Equitable Pandemic Response
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Vaccination

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

Policies and memo
Eligibility Is Not Access
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Technical brief
Equitable vaccine distribution: context, considerations, implementation
Thursday, March 18, 2021