COVID-19 Off-Site Testing Innovation Series: A National Forum for Regional Leaders


Individual communities are making tremendous impact through Covid-19 off-site testing, however, they still lack national best practices or overarching guidelines on testing protocols. Often communities are starting from scratch and “making it up as [they] go” creating inefficiencies.

To support community leaders, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) with support from The Rockefeller Foundation will host a three-part Innovation Series to bring testing site leaders together to learn from one another and share successes and challenges.

This series will highlight innovative practices identified through research and practical implementation supported by NRHI and The Rockefeller Foundation.  We will hear from regional leaders and highlight tools and resources to support ongoing testing efforts.

Each session will be focused on topics identified as critical to the success of test site operations and will feature regional leaders that have overcome barriers to implement successful testing solutions.

Join us on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 ET


November 17th: Choosing the right type of testing site & managing through changes in weather.

Innovative options for different types of off-site testing are being implemented throughout the country.  From drive-through “pop-up” tent-based sites, to mobile drive-to community clinics, and semi-permanent indoor/outdoor facilities, many successful operations have evolved. This session will explore the opportunities and barriers to various types of test site set up and will focus on considerations to sustain testing efforts through inclement weather.

November 24th: Promoting a positive patient experience.

Keeping the patient experience at the forefront of testing operations is critical from communicating timely information about the importance and availability of testing, creating messaging with an intersectional lens, providing a safe and effective testing environment, and communicating results and follow up instructions. This session will focus on successes and challenges of engaging community members and creating a positive experience for patients across a wide variety of settings and populations.

December 1st: Return to school and work – scaling rapid testing. 

As rapid tests become more readily available and schools and businesses explore options to open or remain open, there is much to be learned from sites that have been providing mass testing since the beginning of the pandemic. This session will focus on applying lessons learned from recent testing efforts to develop a scalable mass-testing strategy. Additionally, we will discuss evolving technologies and test types to support scale.


If you have any questions about the event and the series, contact Jessica Little, Director, Grants and Programs, at

This event is being co-sponsored by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and The Rockefeller Foundation.  The views expressed by the speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.



Unless otherwise noted, all virtual NRHI events are hosted in Eastern Standard time.

Date(s) - 12/01/2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm