COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (CHWs) AND THE CORONAVIRUS
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NACHW is at the forefront of advancing the CHW workforce during COVID-19. We have developed materials and articles that promote the understanding of CHW roles to strengthen COVID-19 public health response and to facilitate partnership with CHWs and CHW Networks and Associations.
NEW! Advancing CHW Engagement in COVID-19 Response Strategies: provides practical guidance to conceptualize and operationalize CHW and CHW Network engagement. A matrix of areas of engagement and a continuum of engagement (low/harmful to robust) is offered for local, state and national actors to consider who want to amplify the roles and capacity of the CHW workforce. Developed in partnership with the Community Based Workforce Alliance.
NEW! Insights on COVID-19 From Community Health Worker State Leaders, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management October/December 2020 – Volume 43 Issue 4 – p 268-277.
NACHW Presents: Top COVID-19 Resources for CHWs and Community Health Workers Strengthen COVID-19 Response. Download these for sharing.
Three Ways to Amplify CHWs During COVID-19:AmplifyingCHWsCOVID19 (002) endorsed by US and Global Partners: Health Leads, Health Begins, Partners in Health, Last Mile Health, the Penn Center for CHWs, Community Health Acceleration Project at the WHO.
Partner with CHWs During COVID-19: NACHW Partner with CHWs COVID19
Health Affairs May 6, 2020 Blog: To Strengthen Public Health Response to COVID-19 We Need CHWs: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200504.336184/full/
Few Public and Private COVID-19 Emergency Response Teams May be Hearing CHWs. Who is Listening to CHWs During COVID-19?
RESOURCES TO HELP COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS
CHWs are Critical Infrastructure Workers in US COVID19 Emergency Response: Read the March 19, 2020 guidance to states from the US Dept of Homeland Security-CHWs as Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers 3 19 2020
CHWs and COVID19 RESPONSE: CHWS and pandemic preparedness from Frontiers in Public Health.
CDC Webinars: Community Health Workers and COVID-19 response
National Association of Community Health Workers, collaborated with CDC to provide two webinars (one English, one Spanish) about how community health workers (CHWs) can contribute to the COVID-19 response.
Click here to see the webinar presented in Spanish.
Click here to see the webinar presented in English.
Contact Tracing Training: This training plan provides foundational COVID-19 information for individuals assisting in the COVID-19 response. The plan includes required, recommended, and supplemental training. After completing this training, responders will be better prepared to receive specialized training required by the jurisdictions for the role they are serving (e.g. contact tracers, case investigators, epidemiologists, data analysts, etc.)
50 State Reporting of COVID-19 Health Equity Data (by age, race, gender, ethnicity, and more): https://www.shvs.org/advances-in-states-reporting-of-covid-19-health-equity-data/
Centers for Disease Control and NACHW: What CHWs need to know about COVID-19: CDC and NACHW_COVID and CHWs_Webinar Slides_4.28.2020
Understand the Basics: Find information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including fact sheets, how to prevent the spread of the virus, and guidance for faith-based institutions, and more from www.coronavirus.gov.
Respond to Myths: Confront myths and rumors about the new coronavirus, who can get it and how to prevent it – and guard against stigma that being Asian, or from certain ethnicities or communities will increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
Read the Latest Presidential Update: start here to find out recent guidance for all residents of the United States as it changes.
Public Health Resources: Find simple teaching videos and facts sheets from the American Public Health Association.
Pneumonia Vaccines Do Not Protect Against the Coronavirus: Download and share this graphic.
EASY TO UNDERSTAND GRAPHICS
The CDC has shared COVID-19 Contact Tracing Communications Graphics and a Monitoring and Evaluation Action Guide for Wearing Masks. Please view and share these graphics.
View and share the following easy to understand low-literacy graphics to dispel myths about COVID-19. View the WHO site for more.
Cold Weather and Snow Cannot Kill the Virus:
Taking a hot bath does not kill coronavirus and can be dangerous:
Ultraviolet light does not kill the virus and can be dangerous:
Thermal scanners can detect a fever by not coronavirus:
The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted by a mosquito bite:
SELF-CARE and SOCIAL DISTANCING RESOURCES
Mental Health Policies and Protections: Read this COVID-19 and Mental Health SUD Letter NACHW Supported sent to VP from NACHW and other national orgs.
Take Care of Your Behavioral Health: Consider typical reactions to stressful situations, and ways to support yourself and your community during social distancing, quarantine and isolation from SAMHSA
Free Hotline: Connect to SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress resource page or call the Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 to get 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Mental Health Supports: Consider these steps to care for yourself while practicing physical distancing.
Recovery and Social Distancing: Read and share this guidance for people in recovery from substance use from Health Resources in Action.
I Can Control / I Cannot Control: Download and share this high impact graphic. Use for discussion.
CAPACITY BUILDING TOOLS
Safety Practices for Home Visits: Get guidance from the CDC if you will be in close contact with or are conducting home visits with someone who may be under investigation or persons confirmed with COVID19
Unemployment Concerns: Links to apply for unemployment through state offices and a fact sheet on Disaster Unemployment Assistance including instructions on how to file a claim. You may also call 1-866-487-2365.
CULTURALLY COMPETENT RESOURCES
Participate in a COVID-19 Live Session and Q and A for CHWs/Promotores de Salud: read the slides from the March 11th Project ECHO session from the University of New Mexico or watch the recorded video.
Access Culturally Appropriate Materials: Share translated information, English and Spanish Coronavirus Plans, access COVID-19 materials translated into more than 26 languages (note: scroll down the webpage to see the materials grouped by language type created by states) and Public Health Recommendations in multiple languages (scroll to list of recommendations in multiple languages on right side of screen).
Translated Posters: Stop the Spread and Wash Your Hands community posters in 11 languages from the City of Portland website and What To Do If You Get Sick and Symptoms of Coronavirus from Switchboard refugee service providers.
Learn How Indian Country May be Impacted by COVID-19: by participating in this upcoming national call from the National Indian Health Board on March 17th and learning about how some tribal nations are bracing for impact
For Public Health Professionals: Utilize this CDC communication toolkit to help public health professionals, health departments, community organizations, and healthcare systems and providers reach populations who may need COVID-19 prevention messaging in their native languages.
EQUITY RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
Equitable Response Community Commons: Visit this hub with resources to promote equity and social justice from the Center for Urban and Racial Equity.
Reject Discrimination and Racism: Tools and templates for implementation with your health department
Respond to Food Insecurity Needs: Use the FeedingAmerica.org website to learn who experiences food insecurity, find a local food pantry and mobile food pantry program in your area and find ways to take action. Apply for $10-50k in grant funds for US organizations that address food insecurity among children impacted by school closures.
Learn About Free Resources: Share offers for free internet/wifi services and help people understand what social distancing is and how it can slow the spread of COVID-19
Keep Equity in the Conversation: Listen to a recording about the need for equity in emergency management response and read news articles about the likely impact of COVID-19 on people who experience homelessness, African Americans.
Ensure Civil Rights are Protected: Understand how the Office of Civil Rights is protecting the civil rights of individuals and communities.
GLOBAL RESOURCES AND AGENCIES
Follow the Global Spread of Infection: Using the Johns Hopkins website.
OLDER AMERICANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
What These Communities Need to Know: Access curated resources for independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities from the Administration for Community Living. Spanish available.
STATE LAWS AND AGENCIES
Data Driven Policy Action Tools: Review state level coronavirus data and review actions states are taking to prevent COVID19 spread.
State Laws that Address How Schools Should Respond to Pandemics: Use links to each state and their laws, regulations and statues
UNITED STATES RESOURCES AND AGENCIES
Understand the Essential Health Benefits: and guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on how they will help cover the cost of COVID-19 testing and treatments