Community Health Support During COVID-19

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    Wherever your public health work may be, you have a role in helping the people in your community stay safe. Consider sharing these links with your community to help support Oklahomans while slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)!

    The following resources are arranged by topic:

    • Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS)
    • General COVID-19 Information
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery
    • Nutrition and Active Living
    • Prevention Policy
    • Smoke-Free Air

    Open Up & Recover Safely (OURS)

    Oklahoma began implementing a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up starting April 24, 2020. Specific businesses and organizations are advised to follow guidance for social distancing and sanitation. >> Read more.

    Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes – CDC – This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

    COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Dental Office – Southern Plains Tribal Health Board – As of the May 1, 2020 “re-opening,” some dental offices will start seeing non-emergent dental patients.

    General COVID-19 Information

    Community Resources and Recommendations from the Oklahoma State Department of Health

    The Oklahoma State Department of Health has compiled an extensive list of COVID-19-related community resources. The list is broken down into different categories, including: Oklahoma Resources, Child-Care Facilities, Social Graphics, and more. Many of the resources are also available in other languages, including Spanish.

    Click here to download a comprehensive file, which includes Oklahoma-specific resources, public education updates, employment opportunities, utilities, links and apps, organizational updates, OSDH governor’s updates, and links to national news and general guidance.

    Communication Materials

    CDC has a variety of communication materials (print, videos, public service announcements) available and syndicated content from CDC’s COVID-19 microsite or other pages (e.g., Stress and Coping, Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities, Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness, How to Protect Yourself & Others).

    COVID-19 Communication Network – Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs – This website is dedicated to curating essential, evidence-based tools and materials on the current pandemic for health communication professionals, and other responders, to access and share high quality communication materials, tools and resources from global partners. This website includes the “Synthesized Guidance for COVID-19 Message Development” a document that facilitates easy access to recommendations from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other trusted sources. This is a “living document” updated weekly, given expected changes in guidance over time.

    COVID-19 Terminology Simplified – With new words about the pandemic in the news, sometimes those words can be confusing. The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board has shared the simple meanings of the COVID-19 pandemic terms.

    Flatten the Curve Video – The Ohio Department of Health’s powerful 30-second PSA video shows why social distancing works.

    NEW! – 5/11/20 Using the Psychological Science of Crisis Leadership and Communication to Navigate the CoronavirusDuring this webinar, expert speakers provide practical advice on how public officials can lead and communicate effectively through the coronavirus outbreak. Slides from past webinar discussing: what people are looking for in effective leaders during this period of uncertainty, how to deliver difficult news while demonstrating concern and empathy, and more. Click here for the accompanying slides.

    CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Click here to sign up to email updates about CDC’s public health work.

    Resources from Community Commons

    Community Commons is a community of change-makers working to create healthy, equitable, sustainable communities.

    Peer-to-Peer Resource Sharing – The Commons created a resource library comprised of COVID-19-related submissions from fellow Community Commons members.

    The Living Room Conversations site provides tools and dialogue guides for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations can increase understanding, reveal common ground, and allow us to discuss possible solutions.

    National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Resource Hub

    The COVID-19 Resource Hub houses an interactive COVID-19 Dashboard where you can explore the extent of COVID-19 tests, cases, and deaths down to the state and county level. It also has Esri’s impact planning reports, which helps local health departments better understand the demographics of the communities that are currently being impacted, the number of cases, and the average number of hospital beds at the state, territory, county, and municipality level.

    Pandemic Response Resources

    This page by Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (PTTC) links to several pandemic response resources in an array of areas.

    Prevention Practitioner’s Role in Disaster Response

    The purpose of this checklist is to prepare the preventionist for their role before and after disasters. They have unique skills that can assist and align with disaster response efforts.

    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery

    Oklahomans are resilient, and support is here for you from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. View the Oklahoma-specific comprehensive resource guide from ODMHSAS with resources for parents, children, teens, adults and providers.

    Click here for a comprehensive list of other resources related to self-care, mental health support and substance abuse recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    NEW! – 5/14/10 Rate of Living Alone by Rurality and Age

    Living alone is increasingly common and is associated with higher risk of social isolation and poor health for populations without access to appropriate support and resources. Little is known about how rates of living alone vary by rurality, however. In this infographic produced by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, rates of living alone for all adults and within specific age groups are identified using two different classifications of rurality.

    Nutrition and Active Living

    The Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education (ONIE) has put together a list of resources and tips for staying healthy. This list includes resources for food assistance, how to stay active while social distancing, and tips for cooking at home with limited ingredients. View the list.

    Guidance for parks and recreation facilities related to COVID-19 – CDC. The guidance recommends not visiting these areas if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, practicing social distancing, avoiding gathering in large groups, using everyday preventive actions, and refraining from the use of playgrounds, hot tubs, or spas.

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    For more information, see the Guide to Being Active At Home.

    For information on food assistance, see Hunger Free Oklahoma – Food Access Response to COVID-19.

    Move Your Way COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit for Partners

    Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has developed new Move Your Way social media content to help promote physical activity during social distancing. Use the sample Twitter and Facebook messages to encourage your audiences to stay active at home. View the toolkit here.

    Prevention Policy

    Global and Local Community Health Workers as a Lifeline for Communities Facing Inequities in the Midst of COVID-19 and Beyond

    This white paper from Community Commons highlights the important role of Community Health Workers in serving as advocates for those most impacted by inequities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

    TFAH Webinar Series and Resource Portal

    Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is hosting a series of webinars related to COVID-19 special issues and responses. Past topics have included: “Protecting Older Adults from the Harms of Social Isolation and Providing a Continuum of Care During COVID-19” and “Combating COVID-19 Why Paid Sick Leave Matters to Controlling its Spread“. View upcoming webinar registration links, as well as previously recorded webinars, here.

    TFAH’s list of resources and documents cover what needs to be done to stop the spread of COVID-19 and better equip the nation’s public health system to deal with this and future health emergencies.

    Smoke-Free Air

    NEW: 5/13/20: COVID-19 and Tobacco Policy and Communications ToolkitAction on Smoking and Health. Data strongly suggests a significant co-morbidity between smoking and serious complications from exposure to the coronavirus. This toolkit contains COVID-19 and tobacco policy, as well as communications, options to protect citizens from tobacco during lockdowns, and communications resources providing a summary of current research.


    How Are You Responding to COVID-19?

    Share your experiences in the Forum on OK In the Know. Whether you work at a health department, hospital, mental health agency or a community organization, what are you doing locally to help fellow Oklahomans stay safe or get some form of assistance? Read about what others are doing in their communities, and join the conversation!


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