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COVID-19 Pandemic Response Resources

This PAGE contains fact sheets and other resources to support the health and well-being of communities impacted by COVID-19

No permission is needed to use or adapt these fact sheets for you or your organization. These fact sheets are in the public domain and you may use it freely as it is helpful to you.

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Cambridge University Press has made available a collection of free access Coronavirus materials. Included is a free access chapter from the Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry, "Pandemics: Health Care Emergencies" that can be accessed HERE

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Resources for the U.S. Capitol Attack

The recent attack on the U.S. Capitol has evoked a range of emotions as well as upset our beliefs about safety in our country. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed resources to help children, families, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. Resources can be found at the below links:

Supporting Children After the U.S. Capitol Attack
Coping After Mass Violence
Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After Mass Violence
Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies

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Educators: Tell us about the Impact of COVID-19 on You

CSTS welcomes hearing from teachers about the challenges and strengths of  home teaching and teleteaching during this time of the pandemic. Teachers and education are a part of our sustaining of our communities and hearing their needs can help us plan for the future. Emails can be sent to Please see this invitation letter for more details.

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Supporting Healthcare Professionals in Times of Disaster: Reflections on “At-Risk Employees”

What is unique about the pandemic and its contribution to our country’s actual and perceived risk? Brian W. Flynn, Ed.D., RADM, USPHS, Ret., Associate Director for Health Systems, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Adjunct Professor, and Joshua C. Morganstein, MD, CAPT, USPHS, Associate Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, both from the Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University, offer a unique view on risk, how it may be manifested in this unprecedented time, and important steps in risk mitigation to enhance sustainment. Note: In this article, we use the term “healthcare worker” to refer to those involved in providing behavioral and physical healthcare. As this and other recent disasters have shown, support staff (e.g., housekeeping, logistics, maintenance, information technology, nutrition) are also being impacted in many of the same ways, and it is critical that they be included in organization-wide resilience-building efforts.
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CIMVHR symposium

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The extent and implications of chronic pain in the lives of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans and their families are significant. This CIMVHR symposium brings together experts and Veterans with lived lives from Canada and the United States to share leading edge developments. Dr. Eric Schoomaker, 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command will open the symposium with a reminder about the important roles of emerging interdisciplinary approaches to managing chronic pain. Dr. Friedhelm Sandbrink, national program director for pain management for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, will describe lessons learned from the U.S. Departments of Defence and Veterans Affairs in the prevention and treatment of chronic pain employing a stepped care approach that engages primary care. Dr. Ben Kligler, Director of the Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration will describe the “whole health” approach to enhancing well-being, including the biopsychosocial management of chronic pain with the integration of complementary practices and conventional modalities. Dr. Ramesh Zacharias, President, CEO and Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans will describe the advances being made in Canada. Finally, a panel moderated by Dr. Schoomaker including a Veteran with lived experience will carve the pathway forward.