- Author: Amy Conrick
- Date: January 14, 2021
This is the first in a series of blog posts on this topic. In this blog, I will share some…
For Mobility Managers working together with schools, businesses, health care systems, and health departments is a critical portion of the daily work you do to improve mobility and access in your communities.
This work has an even more important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19, particularly among high risk populations. Transportation and mobility providers are just one part of a community, local, regional, and national effort to address the pandemic. It will take a collective approach to effectively slow the spread, and reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.
As mentioned in our previous blog on Mobility Management in the Coronavirus Pandemic, mobility managers should first and foremost reach out to your local, state, (and tribal when applicable) health departments as they are the experts and leaders on the ground in conjunction with health care providers.
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) recently posted a series of best practice documents on various topics for transportation providers on the front line of COVID-19 response, including best practices for partnering with your local health department. Given the importance of this topic, NCMM has decided to reshare the information here.
Please note: the below text was written by CTAA. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not the National Center for Mobility Management.
Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CTAA identified best practices for reaching out and engaging with your local public health departments:
Currently, the CDC has created guidance for community-based organizations into three categories based on the level of community transmission (Read more about these strategies here and level of transmission is available in CDC’s framework for mitigation). It is recommended that all decisions about implementing these strategies (e.g., alteration or reduction of services, event cancellations, other social distancing measures) should be made locally, in collaboration with local health officials who can help determine the level of transmission in the community.
Looking to get started? Use NACCHO’s Directory of Local Health Departments
The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) has created a tool to help you search for local health departments in your area. Please note, the contacts listed in this directory are the department’s “primary contact” at each local health department, and may not be the primary contact for COVID-19 response activities. While the information will still help you with initial contacts, you will likely be directed to a more appropriate contact person at the agency. Access the directory of local health departments here.
For more information on CDC guidelines for community-based organizations, visit this link.
As we all work collectively to make the necessary changes to address the spread of disease and continue our services as much as possible, NCMM will continue to support mobility managers in their efforts. As community challenges and needs become clearer over the next few weeks, please share any questions, concerns, or examples of how you have adjusted your work to address the virus through the survey hosted on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage, in the button below. NCMM will be continuing to focus on this topic, so please continue to check our blog and website for updates and more information.
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