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ASPR HPP Weekly Update: August 3, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
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ASPR Health Care Readiness Cooperative Agreements Quarterly All-Recipient Webinar – August 12, 2020


ASPR is hosting a virtual meeting on Wednesday, August 12 from 3-4 PM ET among the following cooperative agreement recipients:

  • Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) recipients,
  • Hospital Associations,
  • Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) sites, and
  • National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC) institutions.

During this meeting, we will share programmatic updates and spotlight the COVID-19 response efforts of a few of your fellow cooperative agreement recipients. Note that you are required to  register for the event here .  Upon registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom event link as well as a calendar placeholder.


The Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group Launches Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness Web Portal


We know rural healthcare faces unique challenges in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group (HRWG) has developed the  Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness web portal , a collection of essential rural healthcare resources, tools, and trainings that healthcare workers and organizations – including EMS & 9-1-1, inpatient & hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care – can utilize to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. This one-stop shop for rural healthcare lets users quickly find the information they need to prepare for or respond to surge events, navigate financial challenges related to the pandemic, and can enhance their capacity and capability to provide lifesaving care to Americans who live in rural areas across the country. For more information, contact the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group at: .


Interim Guidance for Use of SARS-CoV-2 Pooling Procedures Now Available


CDC has updated  interim guidance for use of pooling procedures in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic, screening, and surveillance testing . Released on July 23, this interim guidance provides definitions of diagnostic, screening, and surveillance testing for SARS-CoV-2. It also provides general guidance, regulatory requirements, limitations, and reporting requirements for diagnostic or screening testing using a pooling strategy. For surveillance testing, this guidance provides information on assay and test systems for pooling, reporting requirements, and limitations for pooling. 

New CDC Guidance Addresses Local SARS-CoV-2 Transmission


CDC has released guidance for jurisdictions with areas of local SARS-CoV-2 transmission,  Quick Links to COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies and Tools: Resources for States, Tribes, Territories, and Localities  is a reference for states, tribes, territories, and localities as they consider which actions to take to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19 in the U.S. During the COVID-19 pandemic, community mitigation actions are especially important before a vaccine or therapeutic drug becomes widely available. The goal of community mitigation in areas with local SARS-CoV-2 transmission is to slow its spread and to protect all individuals. These actions can minimize illnesses and deaths in schools, workplaces, healthcare organizations, and other sectors of society. The resource document includes links to mitigation guidance for specific sectors as well as tools that communities and facilities can use to assess areas for improvement and to operationalize community mitigation guidance. For more details about key factors to consider before using these strategies, see CDC’s COVID-19  community mitigation framework .

CDC Hosts Webinar on ‘COVID-19 & Telehealth Implementation: Stories from the Field’  – August 4, 2020


On  Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET , the Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call will discuss telehealth benefits and challenges during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will share their experiences implementing telehealth across diverse healthcare settings and address considerations for its future use.  Select for connection information.   

NASEM Hosts Webinar Series on ‘Overview of the Rapid Expert Consultation on Staffing Considerations for Crisis Standards of Care for the COVID-19 Pandemic’


The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on July 28, 2020 published the  Rapid Expert Consultation on Staffing Considerations for Crisis Standards of Care for the COVID-19 Pandemic . The new publication identifies key considerations for maximizing provider and patient safety when healthcare facilities must implement crisis standards of care. NASEM will host several webinar offerings to brief stakeholders on the consultation document and provide an opportunity for Q&A. Upcoming webinar dates in the series include the following dates.

  • Tuesday, August 4, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, August 5, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Registration for the webinars is available  online .


FDA Hosts Webinar Series on ‘Regulation of Face Masks and Surgical Masks during COVID-19 Pandemic’  – August 4, 2020


On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET, The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will host the second webinar in the webinar series on the topic of Regulation of Face Masks and Surgical Masks during COVID-19 Pandemic.  Select for connection information.


HHS Telemedicine Hack: ‘Workflows and Documentation’  – August 5, 2020


On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET, the HHS Telemedicine Hack team will host a ‘Workflows and Documentation’ discussion. Telemedicine use has grown exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic; to support the wide adoption of telemedicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is partnering with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico and the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network to deliver a 10-week, virtual peer-to-peer learning community called Telemedicine Hack. This learning collaborative will be an opportunity for healthcare delivers to gain the knowledge and skills needed to implement video-based telemedicine into their practices.  Select for more information


HHS Hosts Webinar on ‘How We Can Culturally Navigate Between the Two Communities’ – August 5, 2020


On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET, HHS will host the fourth webinar in the Culture is Healing webinars series on ‘How We Can Culturally Navigate Between the Two Communities’. Despite recent progress, health disparities continue to be a challenge among Latino/Hispanic, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives, compared with the US population as a whole. This series of virtual learning sessions will address culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services for these unique populations.  Select for more information


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hosts Webinar on ‘Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19’  – August 7, 2020


On Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:30 PM ET, join CMS Lessons from the Front Lines to learn about CMS flexibilities, best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, updates from the federal response, and to hear perspectives from care providers.  Select for more information.


To listen to the audio files and read the transcripts from CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder calls, visit the  CMS Podcast and Transcripts page .


The National Indian Health Board Hosts E-Course on ‘Working with Tribal Nations’


The National Indian Health Board has launched a free, interactive e-course to train non-native federal and state government staff on how to effectively and respectfully engage tribal nations’ public health systems. Participants will gain foundational knowledge of federal Indian law and policy. The training includes a history of American Indian and Alaska Native relations with Europeans, colonial impact on tribal health and well-being, and best practices for engaging tribal governments.  Select for more information


Public Health Law Virtual Summit: COVID-19 Response and Recovery


The Network for Public Health Law is hosting the 2020 Public Health Law Virtual Summit: COVID-19 Response and Recovery on September 16–17. State and local jurisdictions are navigating a myriad of emergency response issues to mitigate infection rates and loss of life. This free, two-day virtual summit will cover key law and policy issues surfaced by the pandemic and paths forward to more effective and equitable response and recovery efforts.  Registration  is now available, and interested participants may also  sign up for updates  on the summit.

In-Q-Tel (IQT) Launches COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Database


In-Q-Tel (IQT) has developed a  COVID diagnostic testing database tool  which allows the user to search by name of COVID-19 test, company name, platform type, sample type, and lab or test kit name to determine the available diagnostic COVID-19 tests in their marketplace of interest. The tool also provides Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) submission data to support those looking for specific information regarding the testing capability and its sensitivity.

NETEC COVID-19 Webinar Series


With the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic, the National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC) is committed to providing facilities with the tools to educate health care workers and share preparedness best practices.


In this webinar series, NETEC will highlight subject matter experts who have been immersed in the many challenges and topics around COVID-19. Please find all previous recordings and upcoming events  here.


Upcoming NETEC training opportunities:

Supply Management & Inventory Control – Part 1
Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Registration information

Supply Management & Inventory Control – Part 2
Friday, August 7, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Registration information

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice


COVID-19 Clinical Rounds are resource webinars intended for consultant physicians involved in critical care practice, fellows, residents, pharmacists, nursing staff, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, & allied health staff. 


Upcoming Clinical Rounds training opportunities:

Special Session- Transitions of Care: From Acute Care To Long Term Care 
Tuesday, August 4, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Registration and connection information

Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations
Thursday, August 6, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Registration and connection information

All previous recordings can also be found on the Project Echo HHS ASPR Clinical Rounds website.


First Responder Resiliency TeleECHO Program


The First Responder Resiliency ECHO is aimed at increasing self-care and resiliency in crisis. Led by a team of subject matter experts including internationally acknowledged disaster psychologist, Dr. George Everly, and Dr. Jeff Katzman, a leading expert in trauma and resiliency, this interdisciplinary team's expertise includes: Critical Incidence Trauma Care, Psychiatry, Emergency and Pre-hospital Medicine, Law Enforcement Mental Health, and Pastoral Care.

These sessions are held every Monday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
Registration and connection information