Healthcare professionals

How To Help - Volunteering

  • Licensed Healthcare professionals that want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state. 

  • Trained medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with a National VOAD member on   Please not begin operations without contacting NVOAD first. You will be contacted once resources are matched with unmet needs.

  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers can help in different ways in their communities (call centers, drive through clinics, and more).  Contact an MRC unit in your area to find out how you can help.  For more information visit



Health professionals

and other groups

Daily Updates

for Health Professionals

May 29, 2020

How to Help

If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website ( with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please refer to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Request for information (RFI) through 

    • Effective immediately, FEMA Solicitation number 70FA2020R00000011 is hereby withdrawn due to an Interagency transition of mission responsibility from FEMA to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Offerors who submitted proposals, capability statements, and/or any response to this solicitation who have not already been contacted will not receive any notices or further correspondence/communications.

  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.

  • If you or someone you know represent a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.

  • If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at

  • If you would like to meet with a federal agency regarding a vaccine, diagnostic, therapeutic or other medical device that you are developing for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, please go to

  • For all others issues related to the private sector, please e-mail or visit our National Business Emergency Operations Center page.


If you are a healthcare worker and would like to volunteer to assist in New York City, please find more information here.

June 01, 2020

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training Guidance and Resources

This document contains a sample training plan including training topics that may be helpful for state and local public health jurisdictions to consider when designing their own training plan for COVID-19 contact tracers. The audience for this training includes community health workers or volunteers with little or no experience conducting contact tracing.  

**Note: Through the COVID-19 Dislocated Workers Act, the DOL provides additional flexibility allowing grant awardees to use funds for contact tracing.  Review grantees in your community here.  

Also see the story on how Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launched a free online course to train army of contact tracers to slow the spread of COVID-19.

June 01, 2020

Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series

Part 4: Connecting Spirituality to Mental Health Services in the Midst of the Crisis

Wed., June 9, Noon ET, Register here, View earlier episodes in the series here.

This fourth episode in the Partnership Centers webinar series on Mental Health in the time of COVID-19 will highlight why and how mental health professionals can, if helpful, engage the spiritual and religious beliefs of their clients in their treatment protocols. 

June 01, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Register here.

The CDC in partnership with the NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) will host this webinar focused on the actions cities are taking to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities.

May 27, 2020

HHS Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a 45 day deadline extension for providers who are receiving payments from the Provider Relief Fund to accept the Terms and Conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments.

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CDC Guidance for Other Groups


CDC released age-adjusted rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations by race and ethnicity for the first time. This information is critical to identifying and addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority populations.


Guidance for Faith Communities

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a Guidance for Communities of Faith.  For updates on the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) dedicated website. Also available in Spanish.


CDC Provides Update on How COVID-19 Spreads

On its updated webpage the CDC says COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Learn more and keep updated here.


Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families

This guidance is for individuals and families as they work with funeral directors, community and religious leaders, and others to plan and hold funeral services and visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Guidance for Households Living in Close Quarters

This guidance is intended for people living together in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families.


Updated Guidance for Individuals with Disabilities Living in Group Homes 

CDC updated their Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities. Group homes (GHs) for people with disabilities can vary in size from small to larger congregate settings. In congregate living settings, several factors may facilitate the introduction and spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these factors include residents employed outside the home, residents who require close contact with staff or Direct Service Providers, residents who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, and residents in shared living spaces. In addition, GH residents who have  underlying medical conditions may be at risk of serious illness with COVID-19.


Screening Clients for COVID-19 at Homeless Shelters or Encampments 

This screening tool may be used to identify people with possible symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although not every person who has symptoms will have COVID-19, conducting daily screenings consisting of a series of simple questions can help identify people who may need medical care or isolation.




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