2021 ARP COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines and Mobile Health Units Supplemental Funding

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2021 ARP COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines and Mobile Health Units Supplemental Funding Technical Assistance

The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health have partnered to offer specialized training and technical assistance to recipients of 2021 ARP COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines and Mobile Health Units Supplemental Funding. This funding has created an unprecedented opportunity for FVPSA grantees to address the physical, mental and behavioral health needs of both survivors and the domestic violence workforce. See FVPSA guidance on this funding, including program instructions, FAQs, and program officer contacts. 

Available training and technical assistance services through the HRC will include: 

  • Ongoing peer learning: An Innovation Lab bringing together healthcare and domestic violence leaders to share lessons learned, help identify potential local partners, provide feedback and support, and test new strategies to better serve the health needs of survivors. 
  • Advocate wellness and resilience program: Cohort-based learning collaborative to build peer support and advocate for organizational policies that promote wellness.  Asynchronous activities, readings, and reminders to promote self-care and mindfulness. 
  • Webinar series: Bi-monthly webinars on a range of topics related to best practices, trauma-informed care, promoting health equity, community level prevention, and sustainable partnerships. Speakers will include other DVRN members, with a special focus on including the strengths and self-defined needs of historically marginalized communities. 
  • Policy and systems advocacy (for state/tribe/territory domestic violence coalitions): Monthly convenings of the Coalition Working Group on Health to define, develop and promote systems changes that prioritize survivor health and prevent domestic violence. 
  • Tools and resources 
    • Hard copy and downloadable patient/client/survivor education tools to address the intersection of domestic violence, COVID, and other health issues. These tools are available in several languages, and have been developed for a range of community-based and clinical settings. 
    • Sample MOUs and other planning documents to build and sustain partnerships between domestic violence and health programs.  
    • QA/QI tools to measure change and impact.  
    • Practice guidance and online toolkit for domestic violence programs to integrate health advocacy into ongoing services.  
    • Clinical guidelines and online toolkit for providers to integrate domestic violence prevention and response into healthcare.  
    • An extensive library of articles, case studies/program profiles, training videos, PowerPoint training decks, infographics, recorded webinars, and podcasts on a range of topics related to addressing the intersection of health and domestic violence. 
    • HRC 2021 ARP Covid-19 Testing, Vaccines, and Mobile Health Units Supplemental Funding technical assistance resources.
    • NCDVTMH is also offering training and technical assistance services specific to mental health and substance use.
    • FVPSA Program has launched a comprehensive online resource for all FVPSA American Rescue Plan (ARP) grantees, including information about the COVID-19 testing, vaccines and mobile health unites supplemental funding. The website includes essential resources, including financial grants management training, FAQs, new initiatives features,  all FVPSA ARP program instruction memos, success stories, podcasts, and other resources.

Template Letter of Support and Intent to Collaborate for inclusion in your application. 

The National Health Resource Center (HRC) and National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH) are also available to respond to individual technical assistance requests.

All services are free of charge, and available to domestic violence local programs, state/tribe/territory domestic violence coalitions, and the organizations they are partnering with in the implementation of their funded activities. 

In an effort to support applicants, HRC and NCDVTMH are hosting an interactive 3-part webinar series that offers specific ideas and strategies for consideration. Spanish translation, ASL & captioning will be provided. All sessions will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing. 

Session 1: Partnerships, Practices, Policies and Products to Support COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines and Mobile Health Units for Survivors  

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
11:00am PST/ 2:00pm EST  

See webinar recordings and slides. 
The key to effectively implementing survivor-centered COVID-19 testing, vaccines and mobile health units is building partnerships between health and domestic violence programs. Health centers and domestic violence programs are natural partners given their shared mission to improve the health, wellness, and safety of their patients and clients. They are in a unique position to coordinate their care to meet survivors’ safety planning and health care needs, and to promote prevention. During this session, lessons learned and promising practices from previous initiatives addressing the intersection of domestic violence and health, mental health, and/or substance will be highlighted. Strategies for building partnerships will also be discussed. In addition, available training and technical assistance resources to support domestic violence survivors’ access to COVID-related health and behavioral health services, as will be reviewed. Considerations for policy and systems change to ensure sustainable improvements will also be discussed.

Session 2: Increasing Access to Support Services for Survivors  

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022
11:00am PST/ 2:00pm EST  

See webinar recordings and slides.

Systemic health inequities increased vulnerability to COVID-19 for many survivors. It is critical for any efforts to address COVID-19 to increase access to culturally relevant, trauma-informed care that considers the unique needs and experiences of marginalized communities.  This session will provide strategies for meeting survivors where they’re at—in their communities, in their unique healing journey, and in ways that reduce stigma, shame and blame. Speakers will include practitioners from a range of settings working with diverse communities, with a focus on long term partnerships and systems change to promote the health and wellbeing of survivors.

Session 3: Promoting Workforce Wellness and Resilience  

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022
11:00am PST/ 2:00pm EST  

See webinar recordings and slides.

Promoting staff wellness in the workplace during COVID-19 is critical, given high rates of stress, little or no access to child care, and increased financial insecurity. Staff wellness is especially important for health providers and advocates, as they are both frontline workers. During this session, participants will learn about workforce wellness and resilience strategies ARP funding can support that reduce staff turnover and contribute to COVID-19 mitigation that can be adapted for use in a diverse range of work settings and communities.