Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and Health Promotion Programs

Additional Frequently Asked Questions for CDSME and Falls Prevention PPHF Grantees

View the additional FAQs for CDSME and Falls Prevention PPHF Grantees here.

Can we implement programs remotely while in-person programs are not possible?

Evidence-based program developers are issuing guidance on options for implementation remotely. We are tracking program guidance here and grantee plans here Also see archived webinars on this topic here.

Remote implementation will be feasible for some programs and not for others. As you look for creative ways to continue delivery of programming, consult with program developers directly to ensure alternative delivery mechanisms (like virtual classes) are congruent with program fidelity.  

If you are currently funded by the Administration for Community Living, contact your Project Officer about any changes to program delivery. 

If we implement programs remotely, how can we track this information in the National CDSME and Falls Prevention Databases?

See Frequently Asked Questions: Data Collection & Management for Health Promotion Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

If the programs I am delivering cannot be delivered remotely, how do I find alternatives? 

Identify programs that can be implemented remotely here: Track Health Promotion Program Guidance During COVID-19. Use this list to determine whether any alternatives appear appropriate for your organization and population. Search the NCOA website as well as the individual program websites to get a more comprehensive vision of the program. If you still have questions or concerns, contact the program developer to get more information to help you make your decision.  

What are some options for delivering programs remotely using the internet?  

How can we deliver programs to those who do not have internet access?  

Consider mailing the Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions to individuals that cannot participate online. This can be provided alone or with follow-up phone calls. 

One-on-one programs like Healthy IDEAS, PEARLS, and EnhanceWellness can continue by phone.

Alternatively, hold one-on-one calls to discuss overall well-being or mail printed materials about the importance of staying active while social distancing. Find resources here: Encouraging Older Adults to Stay Active and Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Note: This is not part of an evidence-based program. 

How do we manage programs canceled mid-way?

Go here for specific guidance per program. Generally, we recommend the following:

  • Canceled with less than half of the program complete: Start over remotely (if allowable) or in-person when conditions are safe.
  • Canceled after half of the program complete: Continue the program remotely (if allowable) or end the program now and record available attendance. Some programs are recommending pausing the program and holding a “refresher” session prior to re-starting in-person. If remote continuation is not possible, consider following up with participants informally by phone.
  • See Frequently Asked Questions: Data Collection & Management for Health Promotion Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Do leaders need to complete special training to deliver programs virtually?

This depends on the program (see guidance by program here). The Self-Management Resource Center does not require a special training to lead virtual workshops, but provided tips here. Other programs are offering webinars on implementing remote programs.

Generally, if you are moving in-person implementation to online, consider leader characteristics that will make this most successful (If you develop a process, let us know!) 

Also, see Instructions for Accessing Your Virtual Workshop through Zoom

Here are some resources that can be adapted for training leaders to offer virtual programs: 

We were in the middle of providing leader training on the updated Self-Management Resource Center curricula, what do we do now?

From SMRC:

  1.  The best practice is to wait until you are about to resume face-to-face classes and hold an update training at that time.  Thus, the training acts as both an update and a refresher. 
  2. If you need to update leaders now, they can attend the SMRC Master Trainer updates online.  SMRC will offer a special group discount, if needed.  Contact Virginia González for more information.

How can we keep program leaders engaged while community classes are not available?

If you can implement remote programs…

If you cannot implement remote programs…

  • Consider ways you can use program infrastructure to reduce social isolation. For example, recommend they call or e-mail previous participants or other clients for an informal conversation about well-being and needs during this time. Or ask if they want to stay involved with older adults by volunteering to deliver meals, prescriptions, or other necessities.
  • Connect leaders by phone or video-conference to update them on current plans for workshops and encourage them to stay connected with each other during social distancing.

The program I’m implementing can be offered remotely, does it have to be live or can the content be recorded?

This depends on the program (see guidance by program here). Contact program developers directly with any questions on what is allowable for remote implementation during the pandemic.

For how long will remote delivery options be allowable for health promotion programs?

Options for remote delivery will be available while in-person programming is not possible.

Social distancing guidelines and state and local “stay at home” orders vary. It’s anticipated that remote programs will be necessary for several months, especially for the most vulnerable populations including older adults and adults with multiple chronic conditions.

What are some resources for seniors to 1) get internet access and 2) learn how to use technology for remote programs?

Are there alternatives to mailing program books to participants?

This depends on the program.

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