Emergency Preparedness Resources

Featured Courses

Science and Law: Navigating through COVID-19 – recorded webinar
COVID-19 is a highly infectious coronavirus that jumped from an animal host to humans in late 2019 and subsequently became a pandemic. How did coronaviruses make the leap from animal to human? How is COVID-19 transmitted? What legal and policy interventions are in place to ‘flatten the curve’? With so much information scattered over the internet, where can a repository of reliable data and information on COVID-19—such as transcribed case information that has emerged since the outbreak— be found? Join faculty experts in the fields of biology, medicine, law, and informatics from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine to explore COVID-19 from their unique perspectives.

For more information about this course, click on the link below and scroll down to Science and Law: Navigating through COVID-19https://lms.marphtc.pitt.edu/course/index.php?categoryid=11

Pandemic Policies & Practices Webinar Series


Pandemic Policies & Practices: A Conversation on Legal Liability, Immunity, & Retaliation during the Pandemic – recorded webinar
Crisis standards of care, the possibility of rationing scarce resources, and constraints placed on care activities usually provided as standard of care, have raised concerns about the potential liability of healthcare providers working during this pandemic. Healthcare workers, in turn, have called for immunity from civil and criminal liability when they act in good faith, and according to available guidelines, in crisis circumstances. Further, some healthcare workers who have spoken out to the media about the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been threatened with retaliation by their employers. Can they sue institutions for this actual or threatened retaliation? Could institutions be liable to their employees (for negligence if their employees acquire COVID-19 because of a failure to provide the PPE) or to patients who believe they acquired the virus because their caregivers lacked PPE? Join Diane Hoffman, JD of the University of Maryland and Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD of the University of Pittsburgh as they discuss these questions and how relevant laws differ across jurisdictions. Learn more

Pandemic Policies & Practices: A Conversation on Allocating Scarce Resources – recorded webinar
Join us as we examine an issue affecting public health and clinical care workers nationwide: how to implement a fair and transparent approach for allocating scarce resources. Our guest speaker, Dr. Douglas White, UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, consolidated 10 years of research efforts into a model policy to assist hospitals and health care systems to distribute critical care resources during a public health emergency. How was this model policy developed? Who provided input? What are the important features? Learn more

Pandemic Policies and Practices: A Conversation about the Ethical Concerns of People with Disabilities – recorded webinar
This recorded webinar examines the particular ethical concerns that this pandemic raises relating to people with disabilities. These include questions of access to healthcare, policies within the healthcare system (such as the allocation of ventilators), and the risks for people with disabilities associated with ‘reopening’ the economy. Throughout her career, Professor Crossley has closely examined questions of justice in the healthcare system for people with disabilities and the legal and policy responses. Join Mary Crossley, JD and Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD of the University of Pittsburgh as they discuss concerns most pressing for those with disabilities during this pandemic. Learn more

Pandemic Policies and Practices: A Conversation about Ethical Issues Arising with Use of Telemedicine during This Pandemic – recorded webinar
This recorded webinar examines ethical issues arising in the use of telemedicine during the current pandemic. These include questions of how to protect patient privacy in the digital sphere, as well as how to provide effective, patient-centered care without the physically present interaction to which healthcare practitioners and patients are accustomed. Through the course of his career, Dr. Gary Fischer has focused on questions of how to engage with patients through electronic communication like telemedicine. In a conversation with Lisa Parker, PhD, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Dr. Fischer discusses these issues. Learn more

Pandemic Policies and Practices: A Conversation about Allocating Scarce COVID-19 Medications—The Case for Increasing Disadvantaged Groups’ Access – recorded webinar

This recorded webinar examines ethical considerations in allocating scarce medications, like Remdesivir, during the current pandemic. These include the ethical foundation for giving slightly greater priority to essential workers and the ethical foundation for an “affirmative action” approach that gives slightly greater priority to those from disadvantaged groups. In a conversation with Lisa Parker, PhD, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Mark Schmidhofer, MD, MS, Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital discusses these issues. Learn more 

Pandemic Policies and Practices: A Conversation about Preparing for COVID-19 in the Obstetric Context
Join us as we examine ethical concerns related to the practice of evidence-based obstetric care in the pandemic setting. Specifically, we will explore ethical challenges related to a dearth of evidence and emerging but limited understanding of COVID-19 diagnosis or management during pregnancy and breastfeeding. We also consider the ethical dimensions of pandemic-related changes to ambulatory healthcare delivery for prenatal and postpartum populations, such as implementation of telemedicine and decreases in ultrasound and Doppler fetal surveillance. Further, we will discuss the distinct burdens of applying hospital infection prevention and control to inpatient obstetric settings, including COVID screening/testing, visitor restrictions, PPE requirements, and potential separation of mothers and infants. We explore in all cases the troubling propensity for the pandemic practice and policy responses to favor moral panic over judicious risk/benefit assessments and to exacerbate underlying disparities in maternal and neonatal outcomes. Learn more

Emergency Preparedness On-Demand Resources Available on Our Website 

We can help you navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic with trainings, tools, and resources. The Emergency Law Inventory (ELI) is a public health informatics tool that provides clear, concise summaries of over 1,500 laws that impact volunteer participation in emergency activities in all 50 states, DC, and seven U.S. territories. Legal topics include liability, license reciprocity, scope of practice, and workers benefits. Risk, Crisis and Emergency Communication is a recorded webinar appropriate for individuals in public health and health care settings. Viewers will learn how to develop and disseminate message content in crises and emergencies using press releases, message maps, and social media. Although specific to Zika, the information provided in Legal Interventions to Address the Zika Threat is relatable and transferable to COVID-19. Participants will learn to articulate strategies, especially those with legal implications, to combat the threat posed by viral outbreaks.

Meet ELI: The Emergency Law Inventory Tool for Volunteers
Meet ELI demonstrates to users how to use the Emergency Law Inventory. The importance of volunteers as a critical disaster response asset cannot be underestimated. The laws are filtered by profession and jurisdiction so users can identify the provisions most relevant to them. Learn more
To visit the Emergency Law Inventory, click on the link below. https://emergencylawinventory.pitt.edu/

Risk, Crisis, and Emergency Communication Video Training Series
This series covers eight topics related to risk and crisis communication during public health emergencies. Learn more

Legal Interventions to Address the Zika Threat
This three part on demand series addresses what we know, what we don’t know, and what we can do about the Zika virus. Learn more  

Other Emergency Preparedness Resources 

American Public Health Association | COVID-19 Conversations Webinar Series Learn more 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Emory University COVID-19 Risk-assessment Tool Learn more

FEMA | Coronavirus Rumor Control Learn more

Homeland Security | COVID-19 Workforce Information Learn more

Infectious Disease Society of America | COVID-19: Resource Center Learn more 

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine | Coronavirus Resource Center Learn more 

Kaiser Health News | Does everyone over 60 need to take the same Coronavirus precautions? Learn more 

National Academy of Medicine | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources Learn more 

University of Pittsburgh | Epidemics, Pandemics, and Outbreaks Learn more

World Health Organization | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Learn more 

Resources from Other Training Centers

New England Public Health Training Center (Region I) | COVID-19 Training Courses Learn more 

Region IV Public Health Training Center | Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Protecting the Public from the Current Outbreak Learn more 

Midwestern Regional Public Health Training Center (Region VII) | COVID-19 Resources Learn more  

Resources from Our Partners

DC Health | Learn more 

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services | Learn more 

Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health | Learn more 

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | Learn more 

Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers | Learn more 

Virginia Community Healthcare Association | Learn more 

Virginia Department of Health | Learn more 

West Virginia University School of Public Health | Learn more

Last modified: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 3:26 PM