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Americares COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Offerings

The Americares Preparedness Team has developed a plan template and checklist to assist health centers in planning their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The template and checklist are described below, along with links to register for free online trainings based on the documents. Each training has limited space available, therefore multiple times are available.

Resources for Clinics and Health Workers in a Global Pandemic

Americares is dedicated to helping health centers prepare for disasters so they can continue to provide care for their communities.

Helping Health Centers Prepare a Disaster Plan for COVID-19

Americares is dedicated to helping health centers prepare for disasters so they can continue to provide care for their communities. Americares preparedness experts are providing resources to assist health centers that are on the front lines of health care during a disaster maintain their primary services that are so critical to the vulnerable population they serve.

To supplement the current general Americares Preparedness Planning Guide for Free and Charitable Clinics (updated in 2019), Americares has now created a preparedness template specifically designed to guide our global health center response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The information on this page provides downloadable resources to guide overall preparedness planning as well as templates and online training for building a COVID-19 plan specific to each individual health center.  Other online resources are available as well and new content will be added as it becomes available. As always Americares emergency staff are available via email to answer any questions you may have.

…If Your Clinic DOES NOT HAVE an Existing Plan for COVID-19…

The Americares Preparedness Team has developed a COVID-19 Response Plan Template for health centers.  Available in a downloadable Word format, this template is meant to be edited by the clinic to match local requirements, health center capabilities, and policies.

COVID-19 guidance should be revisited frequently as this is an evolving incident and guidance can and will change. Sections highlighted in grey require center specific information but are not the only areas that should be edited. The more health center specific information is added to the template, the better the final plan will be.

Download the following:


If you would like more assistance, please register for the following training sessions:

COVID-19 Plan Training: This is a one-hour online training utilizing the Americares COVID-19 Response Plan Template. Participants will leave the training with a better understanding of how to complete each section of the template.

Click here to register for the COVID-19 Plan Training.

COVID-19 Interactive Planning Workshop: This is a three-hour online workshop designed for health centers that would like more assistance in completing the Americares COVID-19 Response Plan Template.  Participants will be given time during the webinar to work on their template and ask questions of the facilitators and other participants.

Click here to register for the COVID-19 Interactive Planning Workshop.


Individual Health Center Consultations: Our preparedness experts are available to answer questions related to emergency planning and COVID-19 through 20-minute consultation sessions.

Click here to schedule a consultation appointment.

…If Your Clinic HAS an Existing Plan For COVID-19…

The team has also developed an Infectious Disease Outbreak Plan Checklist. This checklist, based on best practices, allows for a plan assessment to identify gaps and areas for improvement.

Download the following:


If you would like more assistance, please register for the following training sessions:

COVID-19 Plan Assessment Training: This is a 30-minute online training to review how to use the checklist and answer any questions.

 Click here to register for the COVID-19 Plan Assessment Training.


Individual Health Center Consultations: Our preparedness experts are available to answer questions related to emergency planning and COVID-19 through 20-minute consultation sessions.

Click here to schedule a consultation appointment.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Training Sessions

Individual Health Facility Consultations on IPC, WASH, and/or COVID-19

Begin with a 30 minute – 1-hour consultation. Our IPC and WASH specialists are available to answer questions and provide technical assistance for your healthcare facility via an initial 30-minute consultation session.  Following the initial consultation, additional sessions are available upon request.  To schedule an Individual Health Facility Consultation, contact infectionprevention@americares.org


Trainings on IPC, WASH, and/or COVID-19

Time for Each Course is 1 hour. To inquire about course scheduling and availability please contact: infectionprevention@americares.org


What Your Health Facility Needs to Know About IPC and WASH in the Age of Coronavirus

This training outlines the IPC and WASH strategies health care facilities can employ to prevent or mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2/COVID 19, and provides participants with a greater understanding of how to apply enhanced precautions and adapt operational practices to mitigate risks


You, Me and PPE: What You Need to Know About Appropriate Use of Masks and Respirators

This training provides guidance on the correct use of different types of masks and respirators used in the COVID-19 pandemic and when to use them. 

Americares Magdalena clinic staff in protective gear during COVID pandemic

We’ve Got You Covered: Emergency Measures for PPE

This training is designed to help facilities prioritize the order of actions for PPE use when inventory is limited.


Move ’em In, Move ‘em Out – Triage In the Age of COVID-19

This training provides an overview of best practices for COVID-19 infection prevention screening and triage procedures.


COVID-19 and IPC – A refresher on Standard Precautions and Transmission Based Precautions

The objectives of this training are to review Standard Precautions and Transmission Based Precautions, and identify the key components of contact, droplet and airborne precautions as they pertain to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


What Lies Beneath: Pathophysiology of SARS CoV-2

This training provides an overview of the chronology, pathophysiology, virology, and epidemiology of SARS CoV-2 to date.


Breath of Fresh Air: Our Tips for Improving Building Ventilation in a Health Facility

This training provides an overview of the importance of ventilation in health facility operations, the importance of ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and outlines guidance on how health facilities can improve ventilation through natural, mechanical or hybrid means.


It’s In Your Hands: A Hygiene and Handwashing Approach to Combating COVID-19

This training provides a refresher on hand hygiene, why it’s important and outlines how health centers can promote and optimize hand hygiene practices in their health facilities.


Strategies for Improving Water Services for Healthcare Facilities in the Age of COVID-19

This training provides an overview of the importance of water in health facility operations, and outlines guidance on appropriate implementation of WASH best practices to help with COVID-19 facility preparations.


COVID-19 and the Sanitation Chain: What to Retain and What to Drain Away

This training provides an overview of sanitation considerations in health facility operations, the importance of sanitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and outlines guidance on appropriate implementation of sanitation best practices.


Environmental Cleaning for COVID-19

This training provides an overview of the latest guidance for environmental cleaning best practices for health facilities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


We are continuing to add more trainings as our partners’ IPC and WASH needs with respect to this pandemic evolve. For more information on these offerings or future offerings, please contact: infectionprevention@americares.org

COVID-19 Psychoeducational Trainings

Training Sessions

Abbreviated Psychological First Aid (PFA)

This two-hour abbreviated PFA training provides information on how and when to provide psychological first aid to people impacted by a traumatic event, and ways to enhance provider care before, during and after a traumatic event.


Caring for Vulnerable Populations Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

This one-hour training provides guidance on how health care workers can support the unique physical and mental health concerns of high-risk vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who, Me? Stigma and Discrimination Associated with COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, stigma and discrimination against people of certain ethnic backgrounds, travelers, and residents of areas with high numbers of positive cases, and health care providers have been observed. This one-hour training provides strategies to combat stigma and discrimination, and support those who may be experiencing stigma and discrimination associated with COVID-19.


Breaking the Sheep Counting Cycle: Strategies for Improving Sleep During Stressful Times

This one-hour training discusses how emergencies and social distancing affect normal sleep patterns, the consequences and significance of altered sleep patterns and offers recommendations for improving sleep during stressful times.


You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have: Self-Care Strategies for the Busy Health Professional

The goal of this one-hour training is to increase the ability of providers to identify natural emotional responses to crises, and learn to manage fear, anxiety, and stress reactions in themselves and among the people they serve.


Social, But Isolated: Strategies to Support Front Line Health Workers Dealing with Personal and Professional Isolation

This one-hour training teaches strategies for managing stress related to isolation, social distancing and quarantining that providers can apply to their own self-care routine, as well as provision of care to their patients.


Infodemia: Discriminating Between Correct and Incorrect Information

Infodemia has been defined as an overabundance of information that makes it difficult for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance, adding stress, anxiety and misinformation to one’s current state. This one-hour training provides practical and self-care strategies for combating the Infodemic, isolating reliable information, and managing information overload and related stress reactions.


Building Resilience While Navigating Grief and Mourning: Guidance for Frontline Health Workers

This one-hour training discusses the difference between grief and mourning, why mourning is essential to healing, COVID-19’s impact on healthy mourning, and positive coping tools for helping those you serve navigate the grief process.


Helping Kids Cope with Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This one-hour training provides guidance on how grief affects children and teens at different developmental stages; how COVID-19 has impacted this; the importance of normalizing feelings and encouraging expression of feelings; and strategies for helping children understand, express themselves and mourn in healthy ways.


A Trauma Informed Approach to Supporting Children and Adolescents in the Age of COVID-19

This one-hour training provides an overview of the common reactions children exhibit when facing an emergency, typical stress responses, and how to communicate with and support children in regaining a sense of security.

   


We are continually developing new trainings to meet our partners’ evolving needs. For more information on these courses, or information on other mental health offerings, please contact: mentalhealth@americares.org

Americares mental health experts provide essential training and services in preparing for response and recovery from a disaster. Lisa LaDue, Mental Health Specialist offers tips to manage trauma and stress:

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