LODD Grants | Brave of Heart Fund

The Brave of Heart Fund provides monetary grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers, healthcare volunteers and healthcare support staff who have lost their lives because of COVID-19. A spouse or domestic partner, a dependent child, or dependent parent are eligible. The Fund also offers behavioral and emotional support services from Cigna and grief coping resources from New York Life.

Established by the Foundations of New York Life and Cigna, the Brave of Heart Fund is owned and administered by E4E Relief, a disaster relief-focused subsidiary of Foundation For The Carolinas, a Section 501(c)(3) public charity.

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Eligible Healthcare Workers

For the purpose of the Brave of Heart Fund, an eligible healthcare worker is a person who lived in the U.S. at time of death and who worked or volunteered in or for a:

  • Licensed hospital
  • Medical center or clinic
  • Nursing home
  • Medical transport vehicle
  • Triage center
  • Other licensed medical facility, provider or setting

Also those who worked or volunteered as an emergency medical technician, ambulance technician or paramedic and who died from COVID-19-related causes any time through May 15, 2021.

Grants Description

There are two phases of grants available. Eligible expenses vary based upon which grant phase the eligible family member is applying . You may be eligible for both a Phase 1 and Phase 2 grant.

Phase 1

Phase 1 assistance is intended to cover expenses related to funeral and burial costs.

The family member who is eligible for a Phase 1 grant is the family member who is responsible for the funeral/burial expenses. Only one family member is eligible for a Phase 1 grant.

Phase 1 grants are $15,000. Only one Phase 1 grant is available in connection with each eligible healthcare worker or healthcare volunteer.

Phase 2

Phase 2 assistance is intended to cover long-term expenses such as food, clothing, housing, basic essential utilities, daycare/ childcare expenses, educational expenses, counseling, medical expenses for deceased healthcare worker, and transportation.

The family member(s) who is eligible for a Phase 2 grant is the family member(s) who was dependent on the deceased healthcare worker’s income for those expenses.

Phase 2 grants range up to $60,000 per eligible healthcare worker.
The exact amount will depend on a variety of factors including the applicant’s demonstration of financial need and the number of
eligible beneficiaries.

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For answers to frequently asked questions, including questions about eligibility, visit braveofheartfund.com/FAOs. Grant awards are discretionary and e final determination of grant eligibility and amounts will be made by E4E Relief, which is the public charity that owns and administers the Fund.

Questions about the Fund: (855) 334-7932 or email: questions@replyemail.braveofheartfund.com
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CDC ACIP | Reccs for Allocating Initial COVID-19 Vaccines

From the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020

What is already known about this topic?

Demand is expected to exceed supply during the first months of the national COVID-19 vaccination program.

What is added by this report?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended, as interim guidance, that both 1) health care personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities be offered COVID-19 vaccine in the initial phase of the vaccination program.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Federal, state, and local jurisdictions should use this guidance for COVID-19 vaccination program planning and implementation. ACIP will consider vaccine-specific recommendations and additional populations when a Food and Drug Administration–authorized vaccine is available.

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Dooling K, McClung N, Chamberland M, et al. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 3 December 2020. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6949e1

ASPR | The Exchange | COVID-19 December Update #2

From the US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

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This issue of The Express highlights the following new/updated resources:

Please continue to access our Novel Coronavirus Resources Page and CDC’s Coronavirus webpage and reach out if you need technical assistance (TA).

New! The Exchange, Issue 12–Special Edition: COVID-19 and Healthcare Professional Stress and ResilienceIn the months that have passed since a pandemic was declared, we have witnessed our nation’s healthcare providers working tirelessly to care for patients, with surges testing their facilities’ and their own personal resilience. This kind of work is grueling and can take a significant toll on physical and mental health. The resources developed for/highlighted in this issue can help individuals identify and address risk and the negative mental health effects of stress in themselves, their colleagues, and their staff.New: Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19: What’s Working and What Isn’t?Speakers in this webinar discussed clinical consultation versus triage support, systems-level information sharing, coalition-level coordination activities, and recent publications/resources to help with planning efforts. Access those and the set of resources referenced during the webinar in our COVID-19 Crisis Standards of Care Resource Collection.New: Support for Overstretched Clinicians During the Ongoing PandemicIn this video, Dr. Eileen Barrett, Director of Continuous Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education Wellness Initiatives from the University of New Mexico, discusses proactive programs available to support staff during stressful times. Check out the related article in Issue 12 of The Exchange and the entire COVID-19 Healthcare Professional Stress and Resilience speaker series.New: Emergency Responder Self-Care Plan: Behavioral Health PPETaking care of oneself is difficult during a pandemic, where responders experience additional stressors related to home and personal circumstances as well as those brought on by challenging mission demands. This fillable form includes steps people can take to stay healthy and fit for duty while caring for others. The form can be completed before each mission/event and keep handy to help apply coping strategies when things get tough.New: Lessons Learned by a COVID-19 Designated HospitalThe speakers in this brief video share lessons learned when The University Hospital of Brooklyn, the primary teaching hospital for the State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University, became the only COVID-19 designated hospital in Brooklyn.New: Armed Intruder/Active Shooter Training Module

This free short training module provides healthcare providers and other staff with an overview of strategies and protocols for an armed intruder/active shooter incident. Speakers describe the “run-hide-fight” and “secure-preserve-fight” approaches and share “Stop the Bleed” basics, a video for how to apply a tourniquet, and resources for managing stress. Though this training was created by the Mount Sinai Health System, it is applicable to other healthcare providers and healthcare systems.

 

COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Peer-to-Peer Virtual Communities of Practice are a collaborative effort between ASPR, the National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC), and Project ECHO. These interactive virtual learning sessions aim to create a peer-to-peer learning network where clinicians from the U.S. and abroad who have experience treating patients with COVID-19 share their challenges and successes; a generous amount of time for participant Q & A is also provided. These webinar topics are covered every week:

  • EMS: Patient Care and Operations (Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM ET)
  • Critical Care: Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM ET)
  • Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations (Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM ET)

Access previous webinars and sign up today to receive information on upcoming webinars.

 

The Healthcare & Public Health Sector Partnership led by ASPR’s Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection is actively engaged in responding to COVID-19. Register here to receive regular response bulletins.

NHTSA COVID PPE & Resource Reporting Tool

NHTSA asks EMS agencies across the U.S. to take a few minutes each week to report PPE, personnel status within their agency.

EMS and its public safety colleagues continue to serve at the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Resource procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment and staffing shortages continue to challenge EMS leaders. It is vital that local, State and Federal officials have the information they need to help address these issues.

The NHTSA Office of EMS, with support from the team at the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center, has designed a reporting tool to allow for a consistent, real-time method of reporting PPE supply status and personnel shortages. Your participation in the EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool provides objective evidence to ensure your local agency’s resource status is understood by State and National EMS leadership, and that your resource needs are being prioritized.

While this information will be available to State and Federal Officials, this reporting tool does not supersede coordination with local and state emergency management, public health, or healthcare coalitions. Organizations should still follow local and state procedures for reporting information and requesting supplies or other additional resource needs.

NHTSA is asking agencies to take a few minutes each week, preferably on Monday mornings, to complete the online form. You can find the form, as well as a video and other information explaining how the information is used and how to complete the form, here.

For questions regarding this process, please contact nemsis@hsc.utah.edu.

EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool

Rural EMS COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist

From the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group

Product (EMS47) Purpose

This checklist serves as a reference for rural response agencies to evaluate their current preparedness and identify areas that need further mitigation measures. The evaluation of checked items can serve as a guide to develop solutions. Further, if this process is used by partner agencies, strengths can be aligned to facilitate collaborative planning and maximize preparedness efforts.

Developed By

The Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group (HRWG) is leading the development of a comprehensive strategy for the US healthcare system to facilitate resiliency and responsiveness to the threats posed by COVID-19. The Working Group’s EMS/Pre-Hospital Team is comprised of public and private-sector EMS and 911 experts from a wide variety of agencies and focuses on responding to the needs of the pre-hospital community. This team includes subject matter experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), National 911 Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Fire Administration (USFA), US Army, US Coast Guard (USCG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and non- federal partners representing stakeholder groups. Through collaboration with experts in related fields, the team develops practical resources for field providers, supervisors, administrators, medical directors, and associations to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Intended Audience

State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments (SLTTs), First Responders (Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 911 communication personnel) with a focus on those in rural areas.

Expected Distribution Mechanism

EMS.gov, OEMS stakeholder Calls, EMS stakeholder organization’s membership distribution Email mechanisms, USFA website, HRWG external affairs, add to the HRWG Rural Tool kit, ASPR TRACIE, IHS Tribal EMS distribution list, EMS for Children (EMS-C) distribution, HRSA rural partners. Request assistance distributing to FEMA/HHS RECs

Primary Point of Contact

NHTSA Office of EMS, nhtsa.ems@dot.gov, 202-366-5440

Date Published August 26, 2020

Rural EMS COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist

Introduction

Emergency Medical Services in rural segments of the US are disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to a myriad of issues, including workforce, revenue, and other unique stressors present within the rural environment. Identification and development of preparedness and resilience efforts are imperative to ensure all facets of the response community have the knowledge and tools to effectively respond.

Purpose

This checklist is a reference for rural response agencies to use to evaluate their current position and identify areas that need further mitigation measures. The collection of checked items can serve as a template towards solution development. Further, if this same process is used by other partner agencies, collaboration between partners can facilitate cooperative planning and preparedness efforts that leverage the qualities of each organization.

Categories

Categorization will assist in focusing attention into specific areas, as needed. Although it is important to review all categories, many may not require the same amount of attention others. Additional items might be required in some categories since local needs will vary greatly across the country.

Planning

  • Engage with local emergency management agency, 911 call center, local health department, first responding partners (law enforcement, search and rescue, etc.), mutual aid agencies, local hospitals, and local long-term care facilities to identify needs and plan
  • Ensure agency infection control policies are consistent with local, state, and CDC’s COVID- 19 infection prevention
  • Review protocols, policies, and procedures for rapidly implementing appropriate infection control and prevention practices for potential COVID-19
  • Ensure availability of an adequate, clearly indicated areas for the disposal of biological/infectious waste in ambulances and facilities
  • Review and update Patient Care Reporting forms and programs to allow for reporting PPE use and shortages, special studies,
  • Ensure mutual aid processes / agreements are updated and
  • Determine if there are any higher-risk areas within your district that might pose a higher level of impact from COVID-19, such as nursing/long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, tribal communities,
  • Identify and define the process to engage telehealth consultation facilities for telehealth resources to respond to specific needs (e.g. one medical oversight resource vs separate facilities for primary care, cardiac, trauma, )
  • Determine the availability of alternative forms of transportation, such as rotary or fixed-wing aircraft to facilitate interfacility
  • Determine the procedures for contacting and required information to request rotary wing and fixed wing programs

Strategy

  • Monitor the COVID-19 pandemic at CDC’s COVID-19 website, state health department websites, and your local health
  • Review plans for implementation of surge capacity procedures and management of scarce resources by engaging local hospitals or acceptable alternate destinations and emergency management
  • Ensure processes are in place to engage FEMA, which begins with the emergency management processes via the local and state level management points of
  • Develop contingency plans for hospital reroute/diversion due to COVID positive patient or surge capacity issues
  • Develop a plan with local hospitals to manage inter-facility transport
  • Establish for a Medical Operations Coordination Cell (MOCC) if
  • Determine if a medical-centric Community Risk Reduction program benefits your community

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies

  • Review hand hygiene policies and supplies (e.g., accessible alcohol-based hand rub).
  • Review supplies of appropriate
  • Plan how to obtain adequate supplies of appropriate -PPE.
  • Review supplies of appropriate cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., EPA-registered disinfectant appropriate for coronavirus in healthcare settings).

Workforce/Recruiting

  • Ensure prehospital providers who will provide patient care have been medically cleared, fit- tested, and trained for respirator .
  • Review policies and procedures for screening and work restrictions for exposed or ill providers ensuring that they have ready access, including via telephone, to medical consultation,
  • Provide education and training to prehospital providers regarding COVID-19 diagnosis, how to limit COVID-19 exposures, appropriate PPE use, effective communication with staff at healthcare facilities, sick leave policies, and how to report suspected COVID-19 cases within your agency along with procedures to take following unprotected exposures (e.g. not wearing recommended PPE).
  • Evaluate availability of current staff, including conflicting work assignments, second jobs, employee risk factors such as age, etc., to ensure an adequate level can be
  • Determine the need for procedures to ensure the safety of personnel when working in close quarters, such as social distancing, sleeping arrangement alteration,
  • Evaluate the need/benefit of adding or increasing financial incentives

Revenue/Funding

  • Evaluate the need for future expenses over the next 12
  • Evaluate and implement alternative fundraising
  • Identify state and / or federal assistance programs, grants, that could be beneficial, and consider pre-staging required information, forms,

HHS Renews the Declaration of a Public Health Emergency

On July 23, HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar III renewed the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration.

As a result of the continued consequences of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective July 25, 2020, my January 31, 2020, determination that I previously renewed on April 21, 2020, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.

John Hopkins | How to better protect EMS personnel from infectious disease?

Download PDF Report Emergency medical services systems and providers are on the front lines of the health response to large-scale disasters, including COVID. EMS professionals in the United States have provided medical care and transportation during pandemic influenzas, importations of Ebola, and other high-consequence pathogens, but none have had the widespread systemic effects of COVID….

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CDC Elevates First Responders to Highest Priority for COVID-19 Testing

On April 27, the CDC issued an update to its Guidance on “Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019” in which “first responders with symptoms” are now in the category of “highest priority” as to the prioritization of groups who should be tested for COVID-19. The AAA has been advocating to federal agencies and…

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NREMT Statement to National Governors Association

COVID-19 Impact on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers and Requested URGENT Action of Governors to Ensure Continuity of the Supply of Certified Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMTs & Paramedics) and other Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. Statement by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Download PDF Problem: The national COVID-19 pandemic containment efforts inadvertently impact a…

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CMS NEWS: Trump Administration Launches New Healthcare Toolkit

Trump Administration Launches New Toolkit to Help States Navigate COVID-19 Pre-Hospital/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Resources At President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) released a new toolkit to help state and local healthcare decision-makers maximize workforce flexibilities when confronting 2019 Novel Coronavirus…

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Supplemental Funding for Emergency Medical Services

COVID-19: Supplemental Funding for Emergency Medical Services Developed by the Healthcare Resilience Task Force Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Prehospital Team. Download PDF 1. Purpose: This paper outlines two supplemental funding options for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 2. Scope: This information applies to private non-profit organizations as well as for-profit…

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