PHI and its programs are working rapidly to respond to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, on local, national and global levels. We are creating and share emerging science, best-practices and policy shifts, to support our communities, healthcare and public health systems as they respond to and manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19Because of the speed with which new information, policies and recommendations related to COVID-19 are being updated, we are linking directly to many of our program source materials, and including time stamps so you know how recently information has been updated.

Upcoming web forums on COVID-19

  • Web Forum: Meet the Partner: Saving Lives with Harm Reduction (Upcoming 7/14/2020): Join the National Opioid Prevention Network (NOPN) for their first Web Forum in their Meet the Partner series for a live discussion with Laura Guzman, a national harm reduction leader. NOPN will speak with Laura about the core tenets of harm reduction, how to bring harm reduction partners to the table, and how approaches are being adjusted in the age of COVID-19. Register today.
  • Advancing Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness (Upcoming: 7/10/2020): Tune in to a Web Forum from PHI’s Dialogue4Health, which will highlight the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experience homelessness. Presenters will also highlight what is currently being done to protect this population during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify the long-term policy, system, and environmental changes that are needed to advance health equity by effectively addressing housing insecurity and homelessness. Learn more and register.
  • ADA National Network Learning Session: California’s Emergency Plans for Wildfire Season in a COVID-19 Environment (Upcoming 7/9/2020): Join PHI’s Pacific ADA Center for a webinar presentation that will focus on plans for fire season and specifically address California’s efforts regarding practicing integrated emergency communication, transportation/evacuation, and sheltering in a COVID-19 environment. Register here.

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Tracing Health

Clark County, Washington was faced with one of the Northwest area’s biggest COVID-19 outbreaks at the Firestone Pacific Foods frozen fruit packing facility, which had reported 79 employees testing positive for the virus.

PHI immediately went to work on the Clark County contact notification project. By Friday June 5—just one week after receiving the contract from the County—Tracing Health had cleared more than 100 employees at Firestone to return to work. Tracing Health achieved an 85% contact rate from the Firestone cluster—a success rate which allowed Clark Country to control the outbreak’s spread and gave its 500,000 residents the ability to move to Phase II reopening.

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Our Impact

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  • 10M pieces of personal protective equipment delivered in CA and WA
  • 90% of contact tracing hires were bilingual/bi-cultural & community-based
  • 85% of contacts notified, letting Clark County open to Phase 2

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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

The Public Health Institute is working hard to focus our resources and expertise to address COVID-19 and its impacts on our communities. We are getting masks and PPE directly to frontline workers, bolstering efforts to address inequities, and coming up with solutions to support our most vulnerable communities.

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