The Network For Regional Healthcare Improvement And The Rockefeller Foundation Launch National Forum On Covid-19 Testing To Reopen K-12 Schools

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As school leaders across the country work to reopen safely for in-person instruction, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, announce the launch of a bi-monthly Innovation Series focused on Covid-19 testing in school settings. The new series will feature leaders across the education, public health, and healthcare fields who will share best practices, science-based resources, and engagement strategies for successful implementation of testing in support of returning to in-person instruction. It starts this Friday, February 26 at 1:30 pm ET with a session focused on Testing for America's newly released K-12 Testing Playbook, a step-by-step guide informed by the latest real-world evidence. Participation in the series is free and open to both the public and media.

Science-based testing programs can reduce risk by 50% when combined with masking and distancing and can increase confidence among teachers and parents that it is safe to return to schools. Yet schools face a myriad of logistical, regulatory and financial hurdles in implementing effective testing programs.

"We know children do better when they attend school in person, but the solution is not that simple. It is complex, multi-faceted, and requires a school-centric approach without putting all of the burden and expectations on schools alone," said Jessica Little, Director of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). "Reopening schools is a national priority but will require a concerted focus on expanding testing capacity and providing schools resources and support to ensure the safety of our children, youth, teachers, staff, and administrators."

"Testing provides a critically important layer of protection alongside masking, distancing, improved ventilation, and good hygiene. "Layered together, these measures create a stronger, more resilient protection to reduce risk of Covid-19 and prevent the virus from spreading in schools and the wider community," said Andrew Sweet, Managing Director of Covid-19 Response and Recovery at The Rockefeller Foundation.

Register here to join the series and receive updates on the upcoming presentations, including:

    --  Friday, February 26 - Based on Testing for America's K-12 Testing
        Playbook, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, this webinar features
        technical experts from Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and
        Arizona State University College of Health Solutions along with
        education leaders from Chiefs for Change, a network of school
        superintendents and state education leaders, who have successfully
        adopted testing programs.
    --  Tuesday, March 2 - NRHI member Common Ground Health will bring together
        leaders in public health, healthcare, education, government, and
        nonprofits to support reopening of schools with a focus on equity for
        all students. The cross-sector planning group convened by Common Ground
        Health is informing the use of testing and other measures to keep kids
        safely in schools.
    --  Tuesday, March 16 - Dr. Phil Levy at Wayne State University in Detroit,
        MI, will highlight his experience working with multiple school districts
        in Southeast Michigan as they seek to develop an efficient and effective
        plan for an in-person return. Key to understanding how to do this is a
        cohesive COVID-19 testing plan and, as part of his presentation, Dr.
        Levy will discuss how statistical modeling can be used to estimate the
        appropriate number of tests to perform and the optimal testing cadence.

This event series is co-sponsored by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and The Rockefeller Foundation. The views expressed by the speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

About NRHI
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing nearly 70% of the United States with its Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and State partner membership. These multi-stakeholder organizations are working in their regions and collaborating across regions to transform the healthcare delivery system and achieve the Triple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, including quality and satisfaction; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per-capita cost of health care. To learn more, visit

About The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas, and conversations. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.

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