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COVID-Local in Practice: Helping Montana’s Tribal Leaders Protect Their People

2020-08-05

COVID-Local Team

COVID-Local in Practice: Helping Montana’s Tribal Leaders Protect Their PeopleAs the COVID-19 pandemic was intensifying across the country in March, leaders of the Native American tribe Blackfeet Nation instituted a mandatory mask order and followed a slew of other health mandates to protect their people. It worked. They managed to keep COVID-19 out of their 3,000-square-mile reservation in northwest Montana. read more

Outbreak Activity Library: An online, interactive, user-friendly resource for effective outbreak response

2020-07-31

Dr. Rebecca Katz and Dr. Ellie Graeden

Outbreak Activity Library: An online, interactive, user-friendly resource for effective outbreak responseThe effective prevention, detection, response, and recovery from infectious disease outbreaks requires informed and coordinated action from a multitude of actors. Outbreaks are increasingly occurring in more complex environments, which, in turn, expands the number of stakeholders and types of activities required to control the spread of disease. This is particularly true when outbreaks cross international borders and impact multiple species. read more

From a “Box” to a Blog: Emergency Management Training Resources to Tackle COVID-19

2020-07-27

Claire J. Standley & Jim Banaski

From a “Box” to a Blog: Emergency Management Training Resources to Tackle COVID-19This story begins long before COVID-19, way back in 2014. Jim Banaski, then a public health emergency management specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), had spent many years supporting partner countries in developing and operationalizing emergency operations centers, as part of a suite of activities to improve readiness and response to public health events. Claire Standley was serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, overseeing programs focused on infectious disease preparedness across countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Having already worked together to support the implementation of an emergency operations center (EOC) in Jordan, Claire and Jim found themselves facing a new challenge. Colleagues from the Ministry of Health in Iraq had learned of the project in Jordan, and were interested in designing their own public health EOC; they asked Claire and Jim for help. read more

COVID-19 Actions and Initiatives of the City of Palermo

2020-07-24

Mayor Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo (Sicily, Italy),

COVID-19 Actions and Initiatives of the City of PalermoThe Global Parliament of Mayors initiated the Corona Crisis: Mayors Act Now Campaign to keep mayors informed and connected during the biggest global challenge of the 21st century. As a part of this campaign, the GPM has been collecting local initiatives from Mayors around the world to share expertise across continents and beyond borders. From Amsterdam to Zamboanga, through Lisbon, Freetown and Taipei mayors have shared important initiatives in their cities with their colleagues around the globe. read more

COVIDAMP.ORG: A Global Resource for Governance in the Time of COVID

2020-07-16

Dr. Rebecca Katz and Dr. Ellie Graeden

COVIDAMP.ORG: A Global Resource for Governance in the Time of COVIDCountries, states, and local governments have been implementing policies since January 2020 to try to reduce the spread and impact of COVID19 in their communities. Decision makers have been and continue working to find the appropriate policy measures to implement in their community as conditions change, but need access to a user-friendly, current, integrated source of information to define their policy options as the event progresses, assess how effective those policy decisions have been, and evaluate next steps for managing the pandemic. read more

COVID-Local team joins organizations and public health experts in effort to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus response

2020-07-01

Rachel Staley Grant and Jessica Bell

COVID-Local team joins organizations and public health experts in effort to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus responseThe COVID-Local team has joined Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation, CovidActNow, CIDRAP and other leading public health experts in an effort to offer a unified framework of clear metrics for decision making, definitions, and guidance for local leaders working to suppress the COVID-19 outbreak in their communities. read more

How Do Reopening Metrics Measure Up? Comparing the Proposed Reopening Metrics from the COVID Act Now and the COVID-Local Initiatives

2020-06-18

Matt Boyce

How Do Reopening Metrics Measure Up? Comparing the Proposed Reopening Metrics from the COVID Act Now and the COVID-Local InitiativesThe rapid and global spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, galvanized the creation of multidisciplinary teams and initiatives around the world that sought to support response efforts. Now, as decision-makers grapple with difficult and impactful decisions regarding when and how to reopen, these initiatives are evolving to help with these decisions. Two such initiatives are COVID Act Now (CAN) and COVID-Local. read more

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Protests: Local Government Responses Restrict Rights, Increase Risk

2020-06-18

Madison Alvarez

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Protests: Local Government Responses Restrict Rights, Increase RiskThe national Black Lives Matter protests that erupted following the murder of George Floyd call for a re-imagining of the role and powers of policing and the disproportionate impact police violence has on Black and Brown communities. Importantly, they forthrightly identify racism as a public health crisis. While the Black Lives Matter protests play an essential role in calling attention to vital health needs in the United States and globally, the current COVID-19 pandemic puts the health of protesters and their communities at significant risk. In response to these demonstrations, many governments have enacted new policies that have reduced individual, local, and state capacity to implement measures to address risk of increased COVID-19 transmission. read more

COVID-Local Experts Discuss Pandemic Challenges and COVID-Local Resources with State, Tribal, and Community Leaders in Montana

2020-06-18

Rachel Staley Grant and Jessica Bell

COVID-Local Experts Discuss Pandemic Challenges and COVID-Local Resources with State, Tribal, and Community Leaders in Montana Experts from the COVID-Local project team—Beth Cameron, Jeremy Konyndyk, Rebecca Katz, Ellie Graeden, and Jessica Bell—participated in a June 11 discussion with state, tribal, and community leaders in Montana about the COVID-19 outbreak and response in their state, and how COVID-Local.org resources can help local decision-makers navigate decisions during this pandemic. The call included more than 30 participants, including leaders from six tribes, state government representatives, public health officials, and community service members. The discussion was moderated by Cora Neumann, Montana resident and founder of We Are Montana and the Global First Ladies Alliance, and conducted with support from Western Native Voice. read more

Episode 01 | Using Data Analytics in Outbreaks - Front and Center: The COVID EOC Podcast

2020-06-01

Dr. Jason Moats and Dr. Ellie Graeden

Episode 01 | Using Data Analytics in Outbreaks - Front and Center: The COVID EOC PodcastJason sits down with Dr. Ellie Graeden of Talus Analytics to discuss data analytics and how it can be used to guide efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. read more

Episode 0 | Introduction – Front and Center: The COVID EOC Podcast

2020-05-28

Dr. Jason Moats, Dr. Rebecca Katz, Jeremy Konyndyk, and Tim Manning

 Episode 0 | Introduction – Front and Center: The COVID EOC PodcastJason, Rebecca, Jeremy, and Tim offer thoughts on current outbreak, highlighting how emergency operations centers are a critical part of an effective response effort. Then the group discusses what is next to come on the podcast, including COVID-local.org and the importance of helping each other solve this crisis. read more

Inside the Global Parliament of Mayors' #MayorsActNow Campaign

2020-04-22

Baharan Andishmand and Pietro d’Arcano

Inside the Global Parliament of Mayors' #MayorsActNow CampaignThe Global Parliament of Mayors initiated the Corona Crisis: Mayors Act Now Campaign to keep mayors informed and connected during the biggest global challenge of the 21st century, but pandemic preparedness is no new priority for the GPM. In 2018, mayors supported the GPM Bristol Declaration, which was established with the great support from the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science & Security. Mayors committed to prioritize pandemic preparedness as a key component of urban health planning, collaborate with researchers and consultants to generate valid data to implement practical initiatives to improve urban health planning and pandemic preparedness. Finally, the GPM urged for an intra-city mechanism to efficiently share information and experiences to facilitate emergency responses. read more

COVID-19 Frontline Guide -- Webinar Launch

2020-03-31

COVID-Local Team

COVID-19 Frontline Guide -- Webinar LaunchOn Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Nuclear Threat Initiative hosted a webinar highlighting the launch of the COVID-19 Frontline Guide for Local Decision-Makers, a product of NTI I bio, Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, and the Center for Global Development. read more

Launching COVID-Local "Notes from the Field" Blog

2020-03-31

COVID-Local Team

Launching COVID-Local "Notes from the Field" BlogSuccessful response the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States will require urgent and decisive action by state, local, and community leaders across the country. The, COVID-19 Frontline Guide was developed by top global health security leaders to support effective decision-making for local governments to better protect their communities. To help support this response, we have also launched a companion blog featuring two types of posts: “Notes from the Field” contributed by local government officials offering first-hand experience of dealing with the outbreak; “Reports from Experts” contributed by public health researchers on the implications of emerging research. read more

Recent Posts

COVID-Local in Practice: Helping Montana’s Tribal Leaders Protect Their People

Outbreak Activity Library: An online, interactive, user-friendly resource for effective outbreak response

From a “Box” to a Blog: Emergency Management Training Resources to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Actions and Initiatives of the City of Palermo

COVIDAMP.ORG: A Global Resource for Governance in the Time of COVID

COVID-Local team joins organizations and public health experts in effort to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus response

How Do Reopening Metrics Measure Up? Comparing the Proposed Reopening Metrics from the COVID Act Now and the COVID-Local Initiatives

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Protests: Local Government Responses Restrict Rights, Increase Risk

COVID-Local Experts Discuss Pandemic Challenges and COVID-Local Resources with State, Tribal, and Community Leaders in Montana

Episode 01 | Using Data Analytics in Outbreaks - Front and Center: The COVID EOC Podcast

Episode 0 | Introduction – Front and Center: The COVID EOC Podcast

Inside the Global Parliament of Mayors' #MayorsActNow Campaign

COVID-19 Frontline Guide -- Webinar Launch

Launching COVID-Local "Notes from the Field" Blog

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COVID AMP

ANALYSIS AND MAPPING OF POLICIES

Visualizing the impact of policies on COVID response

The COVID Analysis and Mapping of Policies (AMP) visualization tool is a comprehensive database of policies and plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Decision-makers can use COVID AMP’s user-friendly interface to easily identify effective policies and plans to reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.