COVID-19 Training for Health Care Workers: Preparedness and Response
A Global Health Worker Training from Project HOPE and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute of Brown University
Project HOPE and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute of Brown University have partnered to deliver a COVID-19 training program for health workers at the frontlines of the crisis.
In order to expand access to the essential information in these trainings as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making the materials broadly available. These are offered at no cost, so that individuals, providers and health systems can freely access the content.
About the COVID-19 training
Who is the training for?
The primary audience is trainers of health care workers, public health professionals, health care leadership, and key frontline personnel. It is also available as a resource to individuals seeking to increase their knowledge of COVID-19.
Health workers who complete the training will increase their knowledge and skills to respond rapidly and efficiently to the threat of COVID-19, while also protecting their own health.
Self-guided training materials will help interested individuals, but the materials are also structured to allow qualified health care professionals to deliver training within their professional networks.
What is the training?
A curriculum focused on COVID-19 preparedness and response
Brown University faculty and staff with expertise in infectious diseases, emergency care, disaster medicine, medical education, and instructional design have developed a modularized health care worker training in accordance with World Health Organization standards, best practices, and guidelines.
Designed for ease of remote access, the curriculum includes downloadable manuals, training modules, videos and more that can be used for self-guided learning as well as in instructor-led educational settings.
The training covers the core competencies that will strengthen the capacity of health care workers and other frontline personnel to respond to COVID-19. This includes how to respond in resource-limited environments.
What is included in the training?
The training materials include manuals, slides, videos, instructor-led modules, and simulation, incorporating quizzes, exams, and practicums to measure and reinforce core competencies. Pre- and post-tests, as well as instructor and course feedback forms, are also included.
Training modules include:
Biology, Pathophysiology, and Transmission Mechanisms of COVID-19
Objective: Attain sufficient understanding relating to the biology, pathophysiology and transmission mechanism of SARS-CoV-2, and the associated case definition and epidemiology of COVID-19.
Infection Prevention and Control
Objective: Gain functional understanding of infection prevention and control (IPC) practices in general and specifically for COVID-19 outbreak response, with proficiency across varying IPC situations including individual patients and providers, facilities and community settings. Inclusive within IPC is the use of specialized equipment for prevention of transmission and protocols for care delivery, transmission mitigation and isolation.
Surveillance (Passive and Active Contact Tracing)
Objective: Understand the goals and approaches of disease surveillance used in health facilities and communities as they pertain to the COVID-19 outbreak. While also attaining understanding and functional capabilities with case reporting tools.
Screening and Triage
Objective: Understand and apply principles of screening and triage in health care delivery to be able to appropriately identify those in need of evaluation and possible treatments for COVID-19.
Diagnosis and Management
Objective: Understand and be able to apply protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 in health facilities and community settings.
Stabilization and Resuscitation
Objective: Know the appropriate life-saving actions to stabilize and/or begin treatment of critically ill patients that are at risk of having COVID-19. Understand the use of IPC measures and how they are applied in patients with suspected or confirmed critical illness from COVID-19.
Health Facility Operations and Surge Capacity
Objective: Identify and understand characteristics of health facilities operations as they pertain to readiness and care delivery in the setting of the COVID-19 outbreak. Understand the potential for and ways to address over capacity due to surges in patient volumes which can occur in outbreak situations.
Risk Communication and Public Health Messaging
Objective: Understand the importance of, and approaches to, health communication messaging in outbreak response as it pertains to COVID-19.
Management of Severe Illness and Acute Respiratory Failure
Objective: Refamiliarize healthcare providers, who primarily work in non-acute care settings, with the skills needed to handle the severe illness and respiratory challenges caused by COVID-19.
Materials will periodically be updated or expanded as new guidelines emerge. English and Spanish are currently available, and additional languages including French are coming soon.
Signing up for the training
If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].