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COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness & Response

ORAU’s array of capabilities and thought leadership make us uniquely suited to support federal agencies and other organizations working to better understand and solve COVID-19 issues. We have proven experience in areas including peer review, health communication, pandemic preparedness, social listening and more.

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ORAU Workforce Solutions uses technology to meet customer needs during pandemic

ORAU Workforce Solutions uses technology to meet customer needs during pandemic

While the rest of the world slowed down or stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic, Amanda Hurley, ORAU section manager for Workforce Solutions, said her team has been busy meeting the staffing needs of their customers.

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COVID-19 lessons learned focus on value of public health, complicated recovery

COVID-19 lessons learned focus on value of public health, complicated recovery

The importance of the impact of local public health’s officials may be one of the biggest lessons learned by the public during the pandemic so far. Other lessons include understanding that moving from response to recovery is complicated and learning how we can relate to each other while practicing social distancing.

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Podcast: COVID-19: what do we know now and where do we go from here?

Podcast: COVID-19: what do we know now and where do we go from here?

States have loosened stay-at-home and safer-at-home restrictions. People are getting their hair done, going out to eat, shopping -- all of the things that came to a halt in mid-March. What have we learned and where do we go from here? Should we remain vigilant about possible exposure to the coronavirus? Are we facing the prospect of a second wave of illness in the fall, assuming the first wave comes to an end? That's the conversation Michael Holtz had with ORAU public health, preparedness and communication experts Freddy Gray, Julie Crumly, Rachel Vasconez and Jennifer Burnette.

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Contact tracing is critical as nation’s COVID-19 recovery moves forward

Contact tracing is critical as nation’s COVID-19 recovery moves forward

As activities of everyday life resume, public health experts at all levels of government remain concerned about the potential for COVID-19 flare ups and the possibility of a second wave of outbreaks. To prevent this from happening, public health departments are relying on contact tracing to help reduce community spread of the coronavirus.

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Podcast: Contact tracing—what it is and why it’s important

Podcast: Contact tracing—what it is and why it’s important

As the nation and the world take steps to reopen for business after weeks of safer at home/stay at home practices, the subject of contact tracing is making headlines. What is contact tracing, how does it work, and why is it important? These questions and more are addressed by ORAU health communication and marketing team members. Freddy Gray, Julie Crumly, Rachel Vasconez and Jennifer Burnette join hosts Michael Holtz and Jenna Harpenau for this important and timely conversation.

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ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness

ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness

ORAU emergency preparedness experts have worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help identify healthcare preparedness planning needs at the local level, resulting in the collaborative development of several preparedness resources. These resources aim to improve healthcare response during a pandemic or other public health emergency.

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Podcast: Who is most vulnerable to fake news and how can we stop spreading it?

Podcast: Who is most vulnerable to fake news and how can we stop spreading it?

Cries of "fake news" seem to be everywhere these days, especially in the political world. Who is most vulnerable to believing and/or sharing misinformation or disinformation that has no verifiable facts, sources or quotes? ORAU social scientist Tiffani Conner, Ph.D., who has worked with Penn State University on fake news research, discusses her work, and some of the steps we can all take before sharing something on social media that sounds too good to be true. While this conversation took place before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it's very relevant to the situation.

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Preparing communities for pandemic response

Preparing communities for pandemic response

While the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic makes news on a nearly hourly basis, one of the stories being missed is how well prepared many communities are to respond to local outbreaks. ORAU has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preparedness since 2003. At that time, ORAU had a contract with the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine to run tabletop exercises at the eight quarantine centers that existed around the country.

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Podcast: COVID-19 and ORAU's pandemic preparedness capability

Podcast: COVID-19 and ORAU's pandemic preparedness capability

As news and events continue unfold around the spread of COVID-19, questions continue to arise about the disease that the World Health Organization has called a global pandemic. The Further Together podcast takes a look at ORAU's pandemic preparedness capability, from how to protect yourself to our involvement in preparing communities for pandemic response.

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Subject Matter Experts conducting peer review

ORAU’s Peer Review team able to quickly respond to COVID-19 needs

The Department of Homeland Security recently asked ORAU to provide 10 experts for a COVID-19-related scientific peer review project. DHS needed the experts in less than four days. ORAU reached out to some of the more than 18,000 global experts in their database who met the customer’s requirements.

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Separating fact from social media misinformation during COVID-19 pandemic

Separating fact from social media misinformation during COVID-19 pandemic

Rumors, hoaxes and misinformation have been running rampant on social media in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tiffani Conner, Ph.D., an ORAU social scientist with expertise in misinformation and social media research, has good advice for navigating the rapidly changing news cycle.

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COVID-19 prevention measures may have long-term implications for people with opioid use disorders

COVID-19 prevention measures may have long-term implications for people with opioid use disorders

Because of the need for social distancing to protect everyone from COVID-19 infection, many jails across the country are releasing non-violent offenders and some treatment programs have suspended both in-patient and outpatient treatment. While rapidly releasing non-violent offenders is a great strategy to prevent thousands from contracting coronavirus, it poses challenges for preventing overdoses.

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What can I do to prevent COVID-19?

What can I do to prevent COVID-19?

Since the illness was first identified in December 2019, we’ve been hearing about ways to protect ourselves and others from its spread. The message has been consistent:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow

Social distancing measures are becoming commonplace as a means of avoiding crowds and thus community spread of COVID-19. Still, it’s important to plan for what could be several weeks at home.

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Need support for COVID-19? We can do that.

Need support for COVID-19? We can do that.

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For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response solutions, contact Freddy Gray, director, Health Communication and Preparedness programs, at 865.576.0029 or freddy.gray@orau.org.