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Rethinking Herd Immunity: Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Dynamic Biological and Behavioral Environment
This article presents a potential framework for enumerating and estimating community-wide immunity to COVID-19 with use of data reportable to local county public health authorities in order to create more localized, tailored responses.
Leveraging National Nursing Home Huddles for Rapid COVID-19 Response
This article describes the use of daily 20-minute huddles with nursing home staff across the US to rapidly identify and implement best practices to reduce COVID-19-related morbidity, mortality, and transmission.
Prioritizing People and Rapid Learning in Times of Crisis: A Virtual Learning Initiative to Support Health Workers During the COVID‐19 Pandemic
This article reports on an initiative set up within Africa's Western Cape provincial Department of Health early in the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate collective learning and support for health workers and managers across the health system. Strategies and three transformational actions that protect staff are shared.
Conversation Guide to Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake
The guide helps health care staff and leaders begin to quickly engage in effective conversations about COVID-19 vaccination, enabling learning in practice and resolving issues that arise from such conversations.
How to Safely Restart Elective Surgeries After a COVID Spike
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected surgical schedules and staff: some staff are fatigued and stressed, some may be out of practice, and there are large backlogs of procedures that were postponed. To keep surgical staff and patients safe during these difficult times, this article recommends that health systems should take four steps
A Guide to Promoting Health Care Workforce Well-Being During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
This guide provides ideas and lessons learned to improve the well-being of the health care workforce and includes actions that individuals, leaders, and organizations can take to combat health care workforce burnout, fatigue, and emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Hospital Preparedness for a COVID-19 Surge: Assessment Tool
The purpose of this assessment tool is for hospitals to identify current organizational capabilities and gaps to improve their preparedness and response for another surge of COVID-19 patients.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Understanding and Addressing Sources of Caregiver Anxiety
September 11, 2020 | Learn about methods to understand and address sources of anxiety among health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Psychological Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
August 7, 2020 | Psychological PPE, "personal protective equipment" to promote health care workforce mental health and well-being, has become even more essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities across America
This guide highlights numerous actions that communities, organizations, businesses, governments, and funders can take in the wake of COVID-19 and other related threats to the US — to create the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive.
A Data-Driven Approach to Addressing Racial Disparities in Health Care Outcomes
This article describes lessons from Brigham Health in Boston to develop a robust data infrastructure to understand the differential impact of COVID-19 on patients and staff.
“Psychological PPE”: Promote Health Care Workforce Mental Health and Well-Being
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing issues with health care professional burnout and joy in work. Evidence-based recommendations for “psychological PPE” (protection and support for staff mental health and well-being) are intended for use by staff providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Skills to Deploy During the Surge
The authors suggest a five-step strategy and actions for patient safety and quality improvement staff to employ their skills to support patients, clinical staff, and health care organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Choices for the "New Normal"
The author reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and six areas where we face decisions about long-term change in the health care system: the speed of learning, standards, working conditions, proximity, preparedness, and equity.
Understanding Variation in Reported COVID-19 Deaths with a Novel Shewhart Chart Application
A novel Shewhart chart helped health care leaders and frontline teams understand if day-to-day variation in COVID-19 deaths may be attributed to meaningful signals of change.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience
July 10, 2020 | Tools and changes are needed to help caregivers mitigate and recover from moral injury while continuing to work in systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: COVID-19: Grief Leadership and System Supports
June 26, 2020 | Learn about specific leadership behaviors and system supports needed to address the mental health and well-being needs of caregivers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: COVID-19 and the Case for Contact Tracing
June 19, 2020 | Explore the key components of a contact tracing model and the importance of engaging health care systems, community health workers, social workers, and public health departments.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: COVID-19: Age-Friendly Care During a Pandemic
June 12, 2020 | The 4Ms Framework of an Age-Friendly Health System can be adapted and offer critical guidance to care for older adults, who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: COVID-19: Caregiver Mental Health and Well-Being
June 5, 2020 | Learn how to improve, address, and respond to the daily mental health needs of caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future needs.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: COVID-19 and Reopening Health Care
May 29, 2020 | Establishing immediate priorities and cautious approaches are critical to resuming health care services for non-COVID-19 patients, and reopening health care may present an unprecedented opportunity to make improvements.
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: COVID-19: The Other Side of the Curve
May 15, 2020 | What decisions are in store for reopening strategies in the United States once states and regions begin to move beyond the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Centering Equity in the Response to COVID-19
May 8, 2020 | COVID-19 is dramatically and disproportionately impacting communities of color in the US. What might it look like to embed equity in the response to the pandemic going forward?
Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Telemedicine: COVID-19 and Beyond
May 1, 2020 | With the expanded use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic to remotely diagnose and monitor patients with virus symptoms and those with more typical health issues, what does this mean for the future of telemedicine?
Conversation and Action Guide to Support Staff Well-Being and Joy in Work During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care leaders are working to support staff who are experiencing anxiety, stress, and intense demands. This guide includes actionable ideas that leaders can quickly test during the coronavirus response, and which can build the longer-term foundation to sustain joy in work and well-being for the health care workforce.