LeadingAge Need to Know - 12.7.20

Members | December 07, 2020

LeadingAge Need to Know - 12.7.20

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates Mondays and Wednesdays. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Vaccine Education and Equity Project

As the coronavirus vaccine becomes available, education and equity will be key to ensuring the public is ready and willing to receive the vaccine. LeadingAge has partnered with over 60 organizations on the Vaccine Education and Equity Project, led by the Alliance for Aging Research, Healthy Women, and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging. To address the skepticism around vaccines that exists among many people and in many communities, the project seeks to:

  • Provide education on, and advocate for, adherence to a gold-standard regulatory review process.
  • Promote the impact of widespread COVID-19 vaccination uptake in protecting individuals, families, and communities.
  • Raise awareness around the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for public health, the economy, and broader society.
  • Lead a conversation that helps ensure equitable access to authorized and approved vaccines through equitable access to information and dialogue.

Learn more and access materials to help you communicate about the vaccine at the project website. And be sure to join today’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update to hear more about the project from Karyne Jones, CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging and LeadingAge board member. The 3:30 p.m. ET meeting will also include an update on the CDC Pharmacy Partnership program from Dr. Ruth Link-Gelles, epidemiologist in the CDC Viral Vaccine Preventable Disease Branch. Register now.

Advance Care Planning Resources

In the face of COVID-19’s latest surge, advance care planning is more important than ever. We’ve gathered materials and resources to help you have conversations with residents, clients, and patients who are at high risk for serious complications of COVID-19. Visit our Serious Illness, Grief, and ACP Resources page for trusted resources offering tools, tips, advice, and best practices focused on COVID-19.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers on COVID-19 and beyond, including:

A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Members-Only Nursing Home Toolkits and Resources

Our series of COVID-19 Nursing Home Toolkits and Resources developed with Pathway Health is available exclusively to members of LeadingAge (so you need your MyLeadingAge email and password to access them!). The Testing Toolkit has 13 sections—on testing policies, learning and leader’s guide, competencies, pre- and post-testing, outbreak investigation, swabbing collection, and billing—and is available now. This toolkit and all the resources are designed to be adapted to include relevant state laws and regulations. Watch this email and the weekly nursing home recaps in coming weeks as more become available.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.