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COVID-19 Resources: September Update
In this issue of The Express, we highlight new resources and upcoming webinars. As our stakeholders in the west continue to battle wildfires (and in observance of National Preparedness Month), we would like to highlight Issue 10 of The Exchange (which focused on wildfires and planned power outages) and our Natural Disasters and Utility Failures Topic Collections. Please continue to access our Novel Coronavirus Resources Page and CDC’s Coronavirus webpage and reach out if you need technical assistance.
New: Critical Care Load-Balancing Template
The Healthcare Resilience Working Group just added two resources that can help jurisdictions manage COVID-19 patient surge: the Critical Care Load-Balancing Operational Template and Considerations for Assessing Regional Patient Load-Balancing Effects during COVID-19.
New: COVID-19 Considerations for Long-Term Care Facilities
This toolkit is a compilation of considerations for long-term care facilities based on lessons learned during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic accompanied by resources to inform planning and response efforts.
New: Behavioral Health Compendium
This interagency product, compiled by ASPR's Behavioral Health Team and the Division of Recovery, was designed to help regional emergency coordinators and federal and state planners support stakeholders in various areas of COVID-19 response and recovery. It features sections on steady state programs, grants, impacted HHS programs, online resources and training, waivers and flexibilities, and data sources all of which include behavioral health components.
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, 1:00-2:00 PM ET)

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


COVID-19: Optimizing Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies

(Note: registration for this webinar is full; ASPR TRACIE will post a link to the slides and recording on September 25.) Learn more about PPE preservation strategies, trends, challenges, and lessons learned/ promising practices.

New: Maintaining Healthcare Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Brief Presentations
As a follow up to the ASPR TRACIE webinar Ensuring Healthcare Safety throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, we partnered with the COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on a series of short presentations featuring healthcare professionals sharing their experiences as they worked through the operational realities of maintaining and prioritizing healthcare safety during COVID-19. This summary document includes links to each presentation.
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).


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 previous webinars and sign up today to receive information on upcoming webinars. In addition, a new 10-week learning community, HHS Telemedicine Hack (held each Wednesday through September 23), is now available to help ambulatory providers accelerate telemedicine implementation. Register today!


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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