In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke Health assembled a COVID-19 Response Team (now named Duke Health Leadership). Along with Duke Health Nursing, they began to hold virtual town halls where they discussed Duke Health’s and Duke Nursing’s clinical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each town hall had a theme, panelists, and a Q&A session for participants. Some themes included: COVID-19 patient surge preparations, COVID-19 testing, nursing issues, PPE, COVID-19 patient care, clinical and operations updates, COVID-19 vaccine, return to school, Duke Health’s voter registration and turnout initiative for the 2020 elections, and Moments to Movement (Duke Health’s collective stand against systemic racism and injustice). These videos are available for viewing as a continuing series.
Two years into the pandemic, these town halls still play an important role for Duke Health Leadership to get vital information out to the Duke community. Duke’s response to COVID-19 is being documented by the Medical Center Archives. Since the start of the pandemic, the Archives began collecting and is still collecting this content for our holdings in order to capture the day-to-day actions of the Duke University Health System during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the bulk of this content contains the previously mentioned videos, the Archives has also collected more content from the Duke Health COVID-19 Website including the Document Library files; Duke Health marketing plans; other video messages pertaining to Duke Health's clinical response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and images taken by Shawn Rocco, photographer and multimedia producer for Duke Health Marketing & Communications as he traveled between Duke University, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals to document the many ways employees prepare and care for patients with COVID-19.
This blog post was contributed by Technical Services Head Lucy Waldrop