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COVID-19 and Lessons Learned: Turning Challenge into Opportunity
February 2021 — As we approach a year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s good to take stock of what we’ve learned. Though an uphill battle remains, we have seen public health leaders face enormous challenges, form new partnerships and discover opportunities to use cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) to build a stronger public health foundation for the future. In our latest column, we highlight some key insights about how CJS can improve public health capacity during the pandemic and beyond.
In Nevada, an agreement between Douglas County and Carson City Health and Human Services, which began providing inspections in Douglas County, generated a strong environmental health services program that benefits both jurisdictions.
Nine counties in the southern tier of New York discovered the value of developing detailed supporting documents to ensure smooth and efficient operations when their mutual aid agreement was activated.
Washington State Department of Health Immunization Program staff worked closely with the local health jurisdictions throughout the state to redesign program administration and enhance program integrity.
Featured Resource: COMPASS
COMPASS is an interactive online tool that walks through the step-by-step process of exploring, planning and implementing CJS arrangements. It follows the three phases of the Roadmap but dives deeper into each, providing additional resources such as videos, charts, surveys and timelines to help break down each phase into smaller sections.