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Coronavirus Response Tool Box

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Tools for Public Health and Community Action

The Coronavirus disease outbreak threatens our communities, locally and globally. Working together, we can strengthen the public health and community response that will help protect all of us.

Below, please find links to useful tools drawn from authoritative sources—the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and from the Community Tool Box, used by nearly 6 million people worldwide.

These resources are organized by Tools for Public Health Action and Tools for Community Action.

 

TOOLS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION

COMMUNICATING THE THREAT AND RESPONSE:

WHO: Overall Information on the coronavirus disease pandemic

CDC: Overall information on coronavirus

WHO: Questions and answers on coronaviruses

WHO: Media resources and news

CDC: Frequently asked questions

CDC: Communication resources

CDC: Guidance for public health communicators

Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

 

PROTECTING AND CARING FOR YOURSELF AND FAMILY:

WHO: Advice for the public, how to protect yourself and others

CDC: How to prepare

CDC: How to protect yourself

CDC: How to protect your family

CDC: If you are sick or caring for someone

Grantspace: Emergency Financial Resources to Help with COVID-19 Hardships

 

GUIDANCE FOR HEALTH WORKERS:

WHO: Advice for health workers

CDC: Information for health care professionals

CDC: Guidance for health departments

WHO: Technical guidance for public health response

WHO: Online training for infection prevention and control

Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

 

GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS, WORKPLACES, AND COMMUNITY LOCATIONS:

CDC: Guidance for schools, workplaces, and community locations

CDC: Resources for home

CDC: Guidance for schools and childcare programs

CDC: Guidance for businesses and employers

CDC: Resources for community and faith-based leaders

NLC: Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders

Grantspace: Emergency Financial Resources to Help with COVID-19 Hardships

Community Commons: Coronavirus Response: Peer-to-Peer Resource Sharing

 

TOOLS FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

Strong community action—at local and broader levels—is needed to address the outbreak. We have curated particularly helpful resources from the Community Tool Box to support key phases of community action:

ENGAGEMENT:

Toolkit: Increasing Participation and Membership

Encouraging Involvement in Community Work

Participatory Approaches to Planning Community Interventions

Developing a Plan for Increasing Participation in Community Action

 

ASSESSMENT:

Toolkit: Assessing Community Needs and Resources

Chapter 3: Assessing Community Needs and Resources

 

PLANNING:

Toolkit: Developing Strategic and Action Plans

Chapter 8: Developing a Strategic Plan

Developing and Communicating a Vision

 

ACTION:

Toolkit: Developing an Intervention

Toolkit: Advocating for Change

Toolkit: Influencing Policy Development

 

EVALUATION:

Toolkit: Evaluating the Initiative

Introduction to Evaluation

Some Methods for Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

 

Examples of Communities Taking Action

 

 

Mutual Aid Networks like ones in Cambridge, Massachusetts provide platforms to help residents show up for each other and remember that they are not alone. Learn more in The New York Times: “Feeling Powerless About Coronavirus? Join a Mutual-Aid Network.” Read about more examples of Mutual Aid Networks and about restaurants providing free meals for those in need: Kansans Turn to Each Other for Help During Coronavirus Outbreak.

Some residents are showing unity and inspiring hope by singing together from their apartment windows, including a neighborhood in Italy and residents in Dallas, Texas.”

The Advisory Board of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies has generated this list of peaceful ways to express ourselves and help others in this time of extraordinary crisis.

Oakland enlists hotels to house the homeless.

 

 

Do you have an example of people coming together during this time? Email toolbox@ku.edu to share your story.