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COVID-19 Resources: October Update
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and whether you have been affected by recent cyberattacks or want to plan for one, our Cybersecurity Topic Collection may be helpful. This issue of The Express highlights new resources, upcoming webinars, and other updates. Please continue to access our Novel Coronavirus Resources Page and CDC’s Coronavirus webpage.
Webinar Recording Now Available: Child Health and Wellness

ASPR TRACIE and ASPR’s Pediatric Centers of Excellence have released the recording for the first webinar, Child Health and Wellness, in the series “Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children.” This one-page summary includes information and registration links for the following upcoming webinars:

  • Child Emotional and Social Effects (1:00-2:15 PM ET, October 16, 2020)
  • The Effects of Secondary Disasters on Children (1:00-2:30 PM ET, October 23, 2020)
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Special Healthcare Needs (1:00-2:00 PM ET, October 29, 2020)
New: Q and A from COVID-19: Optimizing Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies (Webinar)
This document includes speakers’ responses to questions posed during and after this webinar that highlighted PPE preservation strategies, trends, challenges, and lessons learned/promising practices.
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, and outreach to at-risk populations). This landing page includes links to CRAFT Resource Collections.
New: Maintaining Healthcare Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Applying Learning Health System Concepts
In this short video, Dr. Andrew Masica, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Reliable Health at Texas Health Resources, discusses the application of learning health system concepts to their COVID-19 response to support their workforce and promote safety. Check out the other short videos in this speaker series.
Information Exchange Services
ASPR TRACIE recently set up a “private topic area” for a healthcare coalition (HCC) seeking a private and secure space to share HCC resources (e.g., a resource catalog, PPE request forms, training kits, pamphlets, and meeting minutes) among its members. Reach out if you need similar assistance!
New Resource on Crisis Standards of Care in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities
The COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group just released this document that provides select healthcare entities (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities) an overview of general considerations, potential strategies, and existing resources they may use to inform changes to their COVID-19 related operations and crisis standards of care processes.
ASPR’s Regional Disaster Health Response System News

ASPR recently awarded Denver Health and Hospital Authority $3 million to demonstrate how a Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) can build partnerships as well as improve medical surge and clinical specialty capabilities during a national emergency to save more lives. ASPR also awarded $1.5 million to Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and $1.6 million to Massachusetts General in Boston to continue their RDHRS demonstration sites for a third year. For more information on these awards and the RDHRS, please access the recent press release and the RDHRS webpage.


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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