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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 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 safety net 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.

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