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COVID-19 Resources: September Update #2
We know many of our stakeholders in the west continue to battle wildfires; Issue 10 of The Exchange focused on wildfires and planned power outages. Our Disaster Behavioral Health Resources Page and Natural Disasters and Utility Failures Topic Collections may be helpful. This issue of The Express highlights new resources and upcoming webinars. Please continue to access our Novel Coronavirus Resources Page and CDC’s Coronavirus webpage.
New: COVID-19: Optimizing Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies (Webinar)
Learn more about PPE preservation strategies, trends, challenges, and lessons learned/promising practices from presenters in the public and private sectors in this webinar.
New: COVID-19 Response Assistance Field Team Observations Landing Page
ASPR’s COVID-19 Response Assistance Field Team (CRAFT) has spent the last several months traveling the country engaging with local communities and supporting their COVID-19 response efforts in a variety of areas (e.g., K-12 schools and institutes of higher education, critical infrastructure businesses, outreach to at-risk populations). Click on the landing page to access links to CRAFT Resource Collections. 
New: Maintaining Healthcare Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Medically Necessary, Time-Sensitive (MeNTS) Procedures
In this short video, Dr. Vivek Prachand, University of Chicago Medicine, discusses how the health system developed and operationalized the MeNTS scoring system to ethically and efficiently manage resource scarcity and provider risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the other short videos in this speaker series.
Upcoming Webinars

Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children

ASPR TRACIE and ASPR’s Pediatric Centers of Excellence are collaborating on a webinar series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children. Topics will include:

  • Child Health and Wellness (September 30, 2020, 1:30-2:45 PM ET)
  • Child Emotional and Social Effects (October 16, 2020, 1:00-2:15 PM ET)
  • The Effects of Secondary Disasters on Children (October 23, 2020, 1:00-2:30 PM ET)
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Special Healthcare Needs (October 29, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM ET)

This one-page summary includes more information and registration links for each webinar.

New TA Responses
We recently responded to technical assistance (TA) requests on Pediatric Infectious Disease Surge in Long-Term Care Facilities, Injury Types Due to Explosions, and COVID-19 and Seasonal Flu Vaccination Planning Resources. Need assistance? Search our summary of requests or reach out!
September is Sepsis Awareness Month
Learn more about Solving Sepsis, a program of the Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) within ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
Good News!

Because of your interest and support, ASPR TRACIE is celebrating our five year anniversary this month! Since 2015, we have been able to respond to more than 7,500 requests for TA; develop hundreds of resources (e.g., Topic Collections, newsletters, tip sheets, tools and templates, and webinars); and provide more than 9,300 registrants with access to our Information Exchange. We are sincerely grateful for your input; please reach out if you have ideas or need TA.


COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice are a collaborative effort between ASPR, the National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC), and Project ECHO. These interactive virtual learning sessions aim to create a peer-to-peer learning network where clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes; a generous amount of time for participant Q & A is also provided. These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS: Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM ET)
  • Critical Care: Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM ET)
  • Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM ET)

Access the webinars from the Telemedicine Hack series and other previous webinars and sign up today to receive information on upcoming webinars.


The Healthcare & Public Health Sector Partnership led by ASPR’s Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection is actively engaged in responding to COVID-19. Register here to receive regular response bulletins.

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