Last Updated: 3/31/2020
AAPCHO is monitoring novel coronavirus alerts and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies across the country. We will disseminate pressing information as it becomes available.
Check this page often for updates and additions to the following list of multi-lingual health resources on novel coronavirus. AAPCHO will continue to gather and post relevant materials in as many languages as possible.
Note: AAPCHO aims to make in-language information available to AA and NHPIs communities, but reminds all visitors that the following materials may reference or link to clinical guidelines that differ from those set forth by the CDC. See CDC’s Information for Healthcare Professionals to stay abreast of CDC-endorsed coronavirus clinical guidelines.
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AAPCHO is working to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to our member health centers providing care to some of the most vulnerable populations disproportionately at risk. Items like gowns, gloves and masks are essential in treating COVID-19. Our team is coordinating with AAPCHO member health centers who need supplies, and with equipment donors who can help meet this need. Fill out the form today!
AAPCHO encourages all health centers to visit the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse to access compiled resources on COVID-19 from 20 NationalCooperative Agreement organizations and partners.
Highlighted Resources for Health Centers
- COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
- NACHC COVID-19: Sample Drive Thru Procedures NACHC Resource Packet
- Recommendations & Resources for Your Health Center Dental Department by National Network for Oral Health Access
- Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment – The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University of Medicine developed a handbook on best practices for preventing and treating COVID-19. It is available in English and Chinese.
Federal Resources for Health Centers
- Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is working to keep health centers and Health Center Program partners updated on the latest information regarding COVID-19. All COVID-19 information for health centers will appear on this page and resources will be updated as they become available.
- HRSA’s Health Center COVID-19 Information Collection: Each health center will receive an electronic, easy-to-use survey twice a week via email, on Monday and Thursday afternoons. HRSA will use the information collected to assess health centers’ needs throughout the COVID-19 response.
- Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary – The CDC’s primary coronavirus website: coronavirus.gov.Novel Coronavirus Information for Healthcare Professionals
Sample Protocols for Health Centers
- Sample Patient Under Investigation (PUI) Incident Protocol for COVID-19 – provided by AAPCHO Member, Asian Health Services
- Sample Organizational Planning Checklist for COVID-19
- Sample Provider Protocol for COVID-19 – provided by AAPCHO Member, Asian Health Services
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance for Health Centers
- Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment
- CDC Updated Guidelines on the Use of Facemasks and Respirators – CDC provided guidance on the use of facemasks by health care workers in situations involving COVID-19.
- Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) – CDC’s COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts.
- FAQs for Health Care Providers for Medicare Payment – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released FAQs on Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to COVID-19.
- AA and NHPI In-Language Materials Project – The Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum crowd-sourced a list of in-language materials related to COVID-19.
- Various In-Language Materials List – Another crowd-sourced list of in-language educational materials on COVID-19 in various languages.
- Preventing the Spread of Germs in NHPI Languages – Multnomah County developed this webpage to offer in-language NHPI translations for Palauan, Pohnpeian, Chuukese, Tongan, and Kosraean.
- In-language Media Materials and Resources – The County of Los Angeles Public Health’s resource hub for toolkits, infographics, and additional information on Coronavirus. Resources are available in Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, Tagalog, Cambodian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and more.
- Toolkit of Coronavirus Resources – The Government of the District of Columbia developed Stop the Spread of Germs flyers (available in English and multiple languages) and Stop Stigma posters (available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese).
- A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19 – Switchboard’s blog post contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages that can be shared with clients and the general public about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. It also includes multilingual resources about handwashing.
AAPCHO acknowledges the increasing levels of stigma, racism, and xenophobia toward AA and NHPI communities as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage community health center providers, community-based organizations, educators, and the general public to combat this stigma by addressing misinformation and practicing cultural humility.
- CDC’s Message on Stigma Related to COVID-19– The CDC states that diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. Share these facts.
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Civil Rights Organizations on the Coronavirus: “Not a Green Light to Target Asian Americans and Asian immigrants with Racism and Hate” – National Council of Asian Pacific Americans’ (NCAPA) response to incidents of Anti-Asian racism due to the coronavirus and call to action on removing misinformation.
- Blame and Discrimination Attached to 2019-nCoV – John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Security released an FAQ for U.S. Elected Leaders and Health Officials on social stigma attached to Coronavirus.
- Bystander Intervention – The American Friends Service Committee provides do’s and don’ts when one witnesses public instances of racist or oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment.
- Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus – Teaching Tolerance provides historical context on why AA and NHPI communities are targeted, resources on responding to hate and bias in educational settings, and more.
- Stand Against Hatred – Asian Americans Advancing Justice is documenting hate incidences from across the United States to better educate the public and to empower and advocate for those affected by hate crimes.
- King County provides anti-stigma resources, including two posters: “Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We” and “Coronavirus and Stigma“
Cultural humility is a respectful approach toward individuals of other cultures that continuously pushes one to challenge cultural biases (CHCS, 2017).
- National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards – The Office of Minority Health’s Think Cultural Health website features information, continuing education opportunities, resources, and more for health and health care professionals to learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services, or CLAS.
- Cultural Humility is Critical to Health Equity – The American Academy of Family Physician states why it’s important for family physicians to practice cultural humility in patient-centered care.
- Novel Coronavirus Information for Public Health Professionals – The CDC’s website with information for public health professionals.
- Novel Coronavirus Information for Travelers – The CDC’s coronavirus website with information for travelers.
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Check out SAMHSA’s fact sheet on “Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak”
- List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a list of disinfectants fo use against SAR-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- Coping with Stress during the 2019-nCoV Outbreak – The World Health Organization’s advice to cope with the stress associated with Coronavirus. Advice is also available to help children cope with stress.
- Handwashing Resources – Handwashing is the most effective and recommended strategy to prevent Coronavirus spread. Check out CDC’s training and education materials on handwashing.
- Upcoming Webinars and Resources – The Health Center Resource Clearinghouse developed this page with COVID-19 webinar opportunities and resources tailored for health centers.
- COVID-19 – The Disruption No One Planned For – Speakers from Modern Healthcare will discuss lessons and strategies for addressing COVID-19. Register now » (April 2, 2020)
- Prepare Not Panic: COVID-19 Update and the Health Center Response – The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) hosted this webinar in collaboration with the CDC Coronavirus Response Task Force. The recording and slides are now available (March 6, 2020). See also Asian Health Service’s feature.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response for Primary Care Providers – The National Nurse-led Care Consortium and CDC’s recorded webinar to inform primary care associations, community health centers, and other outpatient settings providers on the latest information on Coronavirus (February 20, 2020).
- TAKE ACTION! Community health centers are on the frontline in responding to Coronavirus. Let your members of Congress know about their critical role in protecting against and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Navigating Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act): Summary for Nonprofits (March 26, 2020)
- The Public Charge Rule and COVID-19 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released an alert to encourage all those, including aliens, with symptoms resembling COVID-19 to seek care.
- Status of Coronavirus Funding for Health Centers: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Action, 2020 was signed into law to provide $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 6, 2020. To assist health centers, there will be $100 million available for prevention of, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19. HRSA is working quickly to develop a spending plan and will expedite the awarding of funds.
- AAPCHO’s statement applauding CARES Act (March 26, 2020).
- HHS Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response (March 24, 2020)
- AAPCHO’s statement denouncing discriminatory language during COVID-19 Pandemic (March 17, 2020)
- Joint statement on denouncing anti-Asian racism around COVID-10 (March 11, 2020)
- AAPCHO’s statement on discrimination and misinformation in response to coronavirus (March 4, 2020)