COVID-19 Testing to Support Reopening of Schools:
A National Forum for Regional Leaders
Between March 20th and August 10th, 2020, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and research partners conducted qualitative research on off-site COVID-19 testing centers (OSCTCs) in more than twenty states across the country. Many NRHI members supported the work by serving as advisors and connecting the research team with OSCTC leaders in their communities.
To continue supporting the work of OSCTC leaders, NRHI, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, offered an opportunity for ongoing collaboration and resource sharing through our Innovation Series.
NRHI, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, offers opportunities for ongoing collaboration and resource sharing through our Innovation Series. The Innovation Series brought testing site leaders together to learn from one another and share successes and challenges.
From February through August 2021, the series focused on use of COVID-19 testing to support reopening of schools, including topics like: preparing for inclement weather, testing vulnerable populations, and ensuring a positive patient experience.
OFF-SITE COVID-19 TESTING CENTERS (OSCTCs) Project
Between March and August 2020, NRHI and a research partner conducted qualitative research on off-site COVID-19 testing centers (OSCTCs) in more than sixteen states across the country.
Its focus was on access to testing among vulnerable populations.
Phase I (March-April 2020) was a rapid assessment of the then promising practices for off-site testing for COVID-19. During Phase II (June – August 2020), the research focused on questions addressing access to testing among vulnerable populations, the alignment of OSCTCs with public health entities, community-based organizations, and other health systems to effectively address the testing needs, limitations, and opportunities across the population.
The results of the project were published in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation and organized in a comprehensive online Off-Site Testing Toolkit.