Massive recruiting efforts are underway nationwide as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain healthcare like never before.
Across the country, state governments are taking unprecedented action to engage healthcare professionals and volunteers to accommodate rapidly growing numbers of patients and to prepare for the expected influx of coronavirus cases in weeks ahead.
Many states are using Juvare CORES RMS Responder Management System and CORES HAN Health Alert Network to communicate information, guidance, and procedures with medical staff and volunteers. They are also using CORES RMS to identify volunteers to staff call centers and other public health related missions related to COVID-19.
On March 30, the state of California announced a major initiative to increase its healthcare workforce in an effort to staff more than 50,000 hospital beds added to accommodate the expected influx of COVID-19 cases. The executive order by California Gov. Gavin Newsome called for “medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, certified nursing assistants” to register at the state’s California Health Corps website.
“California’s health care workers are the heroes of this moment, serving on the front lines in the fight against this disease. To treat the rising number of patients with COVID-19, our state needs more workers in the health care field to join the fight. If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov,” Governor Newsom said in a press release.
Within 24 hours of the announcement, more than 25,000 volunteers registered on the site, which is operating on Juvare’s CORES RMS platform.
CORES RMS is a volunteer coordination program that allows clients to enlist, register, and deploy volunteers. It allows manual or automated credentialing of licensed volunteers and background checks on volunteers. CORES RMS enables agencies to organize volunteers in compliance with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) guidelines. They can also use the program to streamline staffing of PODS and shelters, to staff call centers, coordinate and track volunteer training, and respond to public health needs. CORES RMS is also used by state agencies for notifications of important events and updates.
The state of Washington is also using CORES RMS to notify volunteers of COVID-19 response activities; notify nursing volunteers of the need to staff skilled nursing and rehabilitation homes; and request