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Plan, Respond, Mitigate: Get Your Community Faith-Based Organizations Ready for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], popularly known as the novel coronavirus, poses unique challenges for community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs). Such organizations, which tend to feature mass gatherings, and whose membership typically includes large numbers of elderly people, are threatened in both mission and message by the epidemic, which can be contained only by curtailing mass meetings and isolating the ill and exposed, particularly the elderly. Such social distancing and isolation can compromise the spiritual and civic missions of community and faith-based organizations, but the price of containment need not be despair. It is imperative that the leadership of such organizations, which play such an essential role in providing comfort to community members in times of pain and uncertainty, find ways to fulfill their missions without jeopardizing the health of the afflicted, the other members of the organizations or the leaders themselves. This Miller Center Interim Guidance offers a suggested approach to these issues based on our experience in working with community and faith-based organizations in other contexts, and in managing emergencies of various kinds. The scope of this international public health emergency, which has been determined by the World Health [O]rganization to be a pandemic, may be unprecedented; we are confident, however, that its exigencies can be addressed without abandoning the civic and pastoral missions of so many organizations founded on community and faith."

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2020-03-13
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Rutgers University
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Eagleton Institute of Politics: https://eagleton.rutgers.edu/
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