Learning Opportunities: Disaster-Related Resources for COVID-19

For 2020’s first issue of The Hub Speaks, we have curated resources and training opportunities for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide updates and resources to help public health professionals and other community organizations educate and assist in keeping their communities safe.

COVID-19 Resources from Public Health Learning Network (PHLN)

The Public Health Learning Network is working intensely with all ten regional public health training centers and many practice partners to compile relevant training resources to best prepare for COVID-19.

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Project ECHO: Environmental Health Communication Strategies in Public Health Emergency Events

Dual disaster scenarios are more likely now than ever; communities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic plus springtime flooding, hurricane season, tornadoes, or whatever disaster comes next. Join NNPHI’s Project ECHO learning series to work alongside peers to learn strategies and share experiences in an interactive, virtual learning series. Over the course of six, free, bi-weekly sessions (held Tuesdays at 1:00 pm ET), participants will build communication and disaster response skills that can be applied to dual-disaster scenarios. 

 These sessions are designed for:

    • State and local non-governmental organizations who are part of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
    • Public Information Officers

Cohort 2 will begin on June 2, 2020. Subsequent sessions will be June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11.

Cohort 3 will begin on June 9, 2020. Subsequent sessions will be June 23, July 7 and 21, and August 4 and 18. 

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Resilience ECHO Series

Please join us for a weekly virtual connection to share and learn about organizational stressors and strategies for reducing stress on public health workers.

Next session: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:30am ET.

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NNPHI Public Health Navigator

The NNPHI Public Health Learning Navigator, a curated online resource supporting quality learning for the public health workforce, has training opportunities related to basic hygiene, crisis and risk communication, decision making in emergency preparedness and several other topics that could help you respond to COVID-19 in your community. Visit the navigator to learn more.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Resource Page

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled resources for the public, healthcare professionals, health departments, health care facilities, and others. Visit the CDC’s website for a complete list of resources and state-level data. 

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Disease Puerto Rico COVID-19 Surveillance Tool

The Puerto Rico Hurricane Response Hub partnered with epidemiologists and scientists from Ponce Health Sciences University, the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust and the Puerto Rico Science Trust to develop an epidemiological surveillance tool to help monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the island. The voluntary and confidential tool allows people to self-identify known symptoms of the virus. The data is helping leaders develop more accurate contagion and prevention strategies by geographic area. 

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Upcoming Webinars

Climate Change, Mental Health and Eco-Anxiety: How the Global Pandemic Can Help Us Prepare

April 10, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm PST

This webinar will talk about global changes and what it means for our collective mental health. During National Public Health week, the Oregon Public Health Division’s Sustainability Team is pleased to present David Pollack, MD, co-founder of the US Climate Psychiatry Alliance and Professor Emeritus at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Let’s virtually come together to learn about our rapidly changing world and how we can navigate these changes together.

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CERC Overview for COVID-19

April 6, 2020 Webinar will be recorded

The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. Health communication professionals, public officials, and others working to share information during the novel coronavirus outbreak can apply Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles to more effectively develop and share COVID-19 messages.

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The Hurricane Response Hub is committed to providing customized technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and agencies recovering from the effects of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To request technical assistance from one of the HRH technical assistance centers, submit the request below and a representative from an HRH technical assistance center will contact you within two business days.

Interested in learning more about the efforts of the Hurricane Response Hub? Please sign up for the HRH newsletter.

Read Articles from The Hub Speaks

The Importance of Protecting Your Mental Health: Before, During, and After a Disaster

Resilience in the Time of COVID-19

Leveraging Partnership to Inform and Expand the Bandwidth of Disaster Resiliency

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