COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s life. However, our hearts particularly go out to families around the world who have lost loved ones during this pandemic. We also honor and extend our immense gratitude to healthcare personnel, emergency and essential workers worldwide who are on the frontlines providing care to the ill and ensuring that key services continue to function.

To assist you in our common goal to save lives in the midst of this global, public health crisis, CUGH is aggregating and sharing useful resources from around the word. We are also advocating for the implementation of policies needed by health systems to combat this pandemic. To access this information, click on the underlined texts below.

Please send us any important public health guidelines/articles/advocacy efforts related to the pandemic to info@cugh.org . We will share some of this information via these weekly updates. Please distribute this newsletter widely so others can benefit from this material.
Keith Martin MD
Executive Director
CUGH
Each volume of our COVID-19 newsletter contains new resources. To view previously included resources, see our archive of past newsletters here : https://www.cugh.org/announcements/covid-19-newsletter

This newsletter is divided into the following sections:
  • Advocacy efforts
  • Resources for educators
  • Resources for researchers
  • Resources for clinical work
  • Member requests
  • Other resources
ADVOCACY EFFORTS

Last week we hosted a webinar with experts from New York, an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view the recording and share it widely with your network. Thank you so much to our great speakers and their teams for the valuable insight.

The Chronicle of Higher Education wants to learn more about the efforts being taken at universities to combat the pandemic or what other ideas you may have for how higher education could contribute. Use their form to share how your campus is joining the “war effort” to contain and fight the coronavirus — and mitigate its social and financial effects on the community. They plan to publish a selection of the entries.

Members of Congress have been working in recent weeks to pass legislation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Working together in a bipartisan manner, Congress has passed (and the President has signed) three bills designed to bolster the response to the outbreak and address the serious and significant impacts of COVID-19 on Americans’ health and wellbeing, personal safety, and financial security.

Research America created a take action alert to say thank you and urge Members of Congress to keep working together to support efforts to save lives and stop the pandemic!

In this podcast episode, Andrew Schwartz and Steve Morrison from CSIS talk to Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and former CDC Director. They discuss why Dr. Frieden has ‘tears in my eyes’ about the infections and deaths in New York and the risk to healthcare workers. While different communities need different responses, there is a need for clear federal guidance. They discuss how political priorities have infiltrated the national approach and sidelined public health experts, and how we can organize to minimize the harm from this pandemic. Dr. Frieden details how every health system should be getting ready to deal with “World War C”, and how we need a global commitment after this pandemic to never let this happen again.

What are countries doing to contain the spread of the coronavirus? How are countries helping people, small businesses and the economy to weather the crisis and beyond? This  Country Policy Tracker  helps one navigate the global response.

Weekly on Tuesdays at 09:00 EDT. Each session will last 45 minutes.

The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, MHPSS.net and United for Global Mental Health are launching a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policy makers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it. The webinars will provide practical solutions to the challenging issues we are all grappling with. Participants will be encouraged to join from around the world, including those with lived experience of mental health and of COVID-19.

The format will be short remarks by up to 4 panelists followed by a Q&A chaired by Niall Boyce, Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry. Questions can be submitted in advance by email. The sessions will also be recorded and a short note for the record produced.
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment, ACUE is offering resources and recommendations that can be immediately put to use by instructors, to benefit both faculty and their students.
These resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely:

To continue the discussion, ACUE has also partnered with higher ed leaders and experts in online teaching and learning for a webinar series on best-practices in key areas to ensure quality online instruction for student success.  Learn more and register .

The World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) announced that it is making its robust inventory of digital nursing & midwifery CPD modules, including up-to-date, approved information on the COVID-19 virus, and IT data management programmes available free of charge for Nursing Councils and Associations, hospital groups and individual nurses in low and medium-income countries.

Universities around the world have moved to online delivery of education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the wake of this change, courses, course content, e-journal clubs, and other material and events are becoming more readily share-able and available to students and practitioners regardless of geographic location. SER would like to serve as a resource page for students, faculty and practitioners to share and access educational content, both live lectures and recorded or printed material.

On March 27, the president and CEO of the AAMC hosted a press teleconference to discuss pandemic preparedness and other breaking news related to teaching hospitals, patient care, the latest in medical research, and how medical schools are responding to the coronavirus epidemic. The press conference featured remarks and a Q&A with AAMC experts. For AAMC's COVID-19 Resource Hub, please see here .

Written by Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, this article provides five tips to adapting in this new era of online learning for universities.

The entire academic public health community has been closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This webpage includes resources from various universities, including webinars, podcasts, and past events.
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS

Please join SDSC for an upcoming webinar series covering the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN). VODAN is a GO FAIR Implementation network setup to help fight COVID-19, and set foundations for future virus-based health crises.

April 8th, 2020 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM (PDT)
This Training of Trainers (ToT) is set up to provide support to data stewards so that they can help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, learn how GO FAIR Africa is approaching the capacity of expertise by training data stewards intended to assist the response on the continent.

April 15th, 2020 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM (PDT)
ne of the projects under the VODAN Implementation Network is developing a FAIR Data Point (FDP) with semantics based upon the World Health Organization  eCRF forms . Up to six countries will deploy a Proof of Concept securing and keeping sensitive data at the data source yet remaining available for distributed learning. Learn about the semantic model, the ontologies used and the deployment of an FDP for COVID-19 data and how this may be relevant for your organization.

April 22nd from 9:00 - 10:00 AM (PDT)
Data and domain experts will walk you through how they are using various data and information science techniques to mine insight from available and emerging datasets related to COVID-19. Peter Rose and Ilya Zaslavsky will demonstrate their open knowledge graph: COVID19-Net, linked heterogeneous COVID-19 data sources. Iris Shen will discuss Microsoft Academic resources and their application to COVID-19 research. Natalie Meyers will give insights into her use of the US CORD-19 dataset and how simply surveys can yield quick insight into national response trends.

Supporting the COVID-19 R&D community with access to human resources, expertise, reagents and equipment.

CANCOVID is Canada’s new federally-mandated, expert led COVID-19 research platform for exchange of ideas and to start partnerships to optimize the response to this public health crisis.

The Science  journals are striving to provide the best and most timely research, analysis, and news coverage of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. All content is free to access.
RESOURCES FOR CLINICAL WORK

The mission of  Our World in Data  is to make data and research on the world’s largest problems understandable and accessible. Our World in Data  is tracking the latest data on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the world. You can find all of this data in their visualizations and explainers on what they mean at: ourworldindata.org/coronavirus . Understanding the capacity of healthcare systems across the world is critical to reducing the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our World in Data is trying to build a global dataset on healthcare system capacity. Many basic metrics such as hospital beds, doctors and nurses, they already have some data coverage of here . They are here focusing on the metrics: hospital beds, acute care beds, critical care beds, ICU beds, and ventilators. Critical care beds is the sum of intensive and intermediate care beds.The data coverage for many countries – especially low-to-middle income countries is poor.  Our World in Data very much welcome your contributions –  you can submit any data we may have missed in the 'Submit data' tab.

The American Medical Association has a COVID-19 page for physicians during this pandemic which includes a physician's guide to this virus, FAQs , a telemedicine guide , and more.

IDSA updates this COVID-19 page for members and the public with links to resources on developments, guidelines, protocols, policies, and tools for practitioners. Our sources include those provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the World Health Organization, as well as COVID-19 reports in IDSA journals, and the IDSA/HIVMA Science Speaks blog. 

The health and safety of radiologists, allied professionals, patients and health care workers are of primary importance. To help radiology professionals make more informed decisions during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ACR has collected the radiology-specific materials below. The ACR will update this page regularly, as reliable information becomes available.

The resources below are not intended to be — nor offered as — comprehensive medical guidelines, but may be of help as the radiological community works to protect patients and health care providers from this virus. 

The University of Utah School of Medicine has a COVID-19 page for anesthesiologists, which includes critical care considerations for ICU patients, principles of airway management for COVID-19 patients, and other various resources for clinicians.

This resource page provides various guidance for veterinarians on the pandemic, including a free webinar on what veterinarians need to know about COVID-19.
MEMBER REQUESTS

Faculty across Yale, including at the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Engineering & Applied Science and Faculty of Arts and Sciences are actively engaged in research, innovation, and clinical efforts to combat COVID-19.

April 8th, 2020
9:00-10:00 am US Eastern Time

On Wednesday, April 8th, join the AFREhealth community on a webinar on what one needs to know as well as the safety precautions on should take during the COVID-19 pandemic.

​The COVID-19 pandemic has dire immediate and long-term consequences for the health and well-being of Americans. Older adults are not only at higher risk for severe illness from the disease, but are also particularly vulnerable to physical and emotional harms associated with the pandemic. The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of older Americans are currently unknown, which limits the development of targeted public health strategies to support their short- and long-term health outcomes in the wake of this crisis.​

The specific aims of this research are to:
  1. Investigate dynamic changes in older adults’ experiences, perspectives, daily activities, coping strategies, mental health, and well-being throughout the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. Identify risk and resilience factors that influence mental health and well-being of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the study requirements and to contribute to the survey, please click here .
OTHER RESOURCES

The ALA has created a resource page for individuals with lung disease. Every Monday at 1:00 pm (CT), ALA Every Monday at 1 p.m. CT, their Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Albert Rizzo, will provide information on COVID-19 and recommendations for people with chronic lung disease and their caregivers. Register here for the webinars in advance, watch recorded updates from previous weeks and access their FAQs 24/7—all available online.

Written to help guide clergy persons and religious organizations as they navigate plans for Holy Week, Dr. Oveda Fuller from the University of Michigan provides a rigorous interpretation of the "Shelter in Place" order.
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