Communicating about COVID-19: resources and tips

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: March 13, 2020

Our communities are only as healthy and safe as those members who have the greatest risk to their health and well-being. As our communities grapple with rising cases of COVID-19, it’s important to ensure everyone has access to the best information and services possible.

The coronavirus does not discriminate against race, ethnicity, nationality, or socio-economic status. However, our health and information systems often do. As leaders and communicators in our communities, it’s important that we calmly and directly share important information about the virus and its impacts in ways our communities can best receive the information. It’s also critical that we push back against racist, xenophobic and unscientific language and messaging that is rooted in fear and misinformation.

Flattening the curve

 

Please consider sharing the resources and information to help everyone stay informed and ready to help slow the growth and flatten the curve of this outbreak.

Center for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control: Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and Children

Centers for Disease Control: Guidance for workplace, school, home

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Guidelines for school and child care closure and cleaning
Colorado Department of Education: Emergency feeding during school closures

U.S. Department of Education: Information and resources for schools and school personnel

Colorado Department of Human Services: Resources for counties and partners (updated continuously)

ZEROTOTHREE: Tips for Families Talking to Children About the Coronavirus

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Child Care Aware: Coronavirus update and Resources for Child Care Providers and CCR&R

Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition: Tips for NOT linking immigration issues and coronavirus

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need information for your community that we could help track down or have resources you’d like to share with our community online.

Please note: The Children’s Campaign staff will be working remotely during the next few weeks in order to protect our employees, our families and our community from community-spread infection. We will still be hard at work advocating for child and family well-being during this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.