As part of the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO’s) work to support and serve 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) in the United States, NACCHO is releasing a bi-weekly blog consisting of an up-to-date collection of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resources for our members working at the intersection of environmental health and COVID-19. Read the last blog from 10/28/2020.
Curated Resources as of 11/10/2020
NACCHO COVID-19 Updates/Events Across the Organization
- Webinar: COVID-19: Drive-thru Vaccination Clinics and Local Health Departments
NACCHO invites local health department leadership and staff to participate in a webinar, COVID-19: Drive-thru Vaccination Clinics and Local Health Departments. This webinar will feature three local health departments discussing their recent drive-thru vaccination clinics and sharing lessons learned in preparation for eventual distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 12 (3:00 – 4:00pm ET).
- Request for Applications: Building Workforce Capacity of Rural and Frontier Local Health Departments to Respond to COVID-19: NACCHO is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) through a Request for Application (RFA) process. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO will be offering funding to approximately 35 rural and/or frontier health departments to help build their workforce capacity to respond to COVID-19. Applicants may apply for funding awards of up to $35,000 to support activities in one of the following focus areas: (1) contract tracing and testing and (2) vaccine administration. Application deadline: November 30, 2020
- NACCHO is Partnering with CDC’s Project Firstline to Strengthen Local Public Health Capacity for Infection Prevention and Control: Project Firstline aims to provide infection control training to the public health workforce and frontline healthcare personnel to help prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
NEW! NEHA Releases Second COVID-19 EH Workforce Needs Assessment Report
NEHA fielded a nationwide EH workforce needs assessment in response to COVID-19. The aim of the assessment was to collect primary data in support of efforts to assess EH workforce activities and identify needs in response to COVID-19.
The report highlights that EH practitioners, many of whom are employed at small local agencies, are actively supporting COVID-19 response and recovery. In addition to their customary responsibilities, their contributions are now felt in the safe reopening and restoration of the economy, emergency operations centers, and contact tracing and communication efforts. They have been tasked with new roles and responsibilities that sometimes place them at risk of harm from the disease. Many in the EH workforce also report being emotionally exhausted and understaffed. Read the full report.
Updated Considerations Released by CDC for the Holiday Season
- Read CDC’s considerations for Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings
- The Thanksgiving tip sheet is a resource to help people take steps to make their Thanksgivings safer.
- Read CDC tips for hosting gatherings or cookouts
- Also, read Considerations for traveling during the holidays
CDC’s COVID-19 Resources For Early Childcare Facilities, K-12 Schools And Administrators
For School Administrators
- Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020: This guidance is for K-12 school administrators who are preparing for students, teachers, and staff to return to school in fall 2020.
- FAQ for School Administrators on Reopening Schools
- Cleaning, Disinfection, and Hand Hygiene in Schools – a Toolkit for School Administrators
- What to do if a Student Becomes Sick at School or Reports a New COVID-19 Diagnosis Flowchart
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See any EH and COVID-19 categories missing on this bi-weekly blog? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue to check back with NACCHO’s Essential Elements for COVID-19 and LHD resources.