Local and CDC Resources
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Resources from AAP
Strategies for pediatricians to increase infection control practices in their office to protect patients and health care workers.
Helping clinicians understand how to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to help parents talk to their children.
The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) website has COVID-19 information, resources and webinars regarding the care of pregnant women and newborns.
- The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) provided notice on Monday, March 16th to expand telehealth services
- On Thursday, March 19th, HFS submitted an 1135 waiver to the federal government to expand coverage - including telehealth using non HIPPA approved venues
- Governor Pritzker also issued an executive order removing existing barriers to telehealth in our state
- HFS has information on billing and coding for telehealth services for Medicaid
- HFS posted a new Provider Notice regarding Telehealth Services Expansion Prompted by COVID-19
- Visit AAP for best practices on implementing Telehealth services
Medicare and COVID-19
Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of tele-health services to respond to the current Public Health Emergency. Visit the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for the most up to date information.
The Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans (IAMHP) and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) have taken steps to expand coverage for tele-health services. View the IAMPH Telehealth Recommendations PDF to learn about telemedicine requirements, tele-psychiatry requirements, eligible tele-health providers, new tele-health billable codes, and more.
Serving Vulnerable Populations
The Great Chicago Food Depository benefits outreach team can help with eligibility information, applying, or re-certifying for benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid benefits. For families ready to apply or have a few questions, contact their Public Benefits Outreach Team at (773)843-5416 or apply online with the Department of Human Services. You can also find food resources via their interactive mapping tool.
The Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program has created a flyer called WIC Here For You During COVID-19, which contains information about WIC (office hours, services, locations), guidance on nutritious foods, qualifications for WIC and SNAP, and contact numbers.
COVID H.E.L.P. Illinois - free online chat for rental assistance info, eviction help, and other legal issues related to COVID
From Illinois Legal Aid Online
- Housing, Coronavirus, and the Law: FAQ page
- Online legal help (learn about the law, your rights and how to go to court)
No evictions in Illinois through April 3, 2021
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has created a list of resources with hotlines and information on for homelessness prevention and emergency shelter services.
If your clinic participates in the program and would like MORE books to distribute during this challenging time and encourage families to read together as a way to calm anxiety and keep routines - please reach out to Cindy Ogrin, cogrin@
Translating Reach Out & Read to Telehealth
In response to demand from our provider network, Reach Out & Read National has created some materials providing guidance on:
- How to deliver Reach Out & Read via telehealth
- How to address stress and anxiety through shared reading
- How to create a personal connection virtually
On March 13th U.S. Citizenship, Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement clarifying that USCIS will not consider treatment or preventative care for legal immigrants related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination. See the full USCIS statement.
Emergency Medical Services for Children
Well-Visits Help Keep Children Healthy & Safe Posters
Resources for Families
- Access COVID-19 special education resources and guidance for parents and professionals from the Family Resources Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
- The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and the Innovation & Improvement Center (IIC) have created an infographic for Youth and Children with Special Healthcare Need
- Illinois Doc Assist has information for talking to children about COVID-19
- AAP Voices piece by AAP President Sally Goza 'Fighting Racism and Discrimination in the Wake of Coronavirus'
- Teaching Kids Hand Washing During COVID-19 is available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- HealthyChildren.org has developed articles on COVID-19, social distancing, and more
- Tips to help parents navigate screen time while they are home due to COVID-19 related school closures
- Read Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Critically Ill Children: A Narrative Review of the Literature or view the infographic from the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
- Read how to protect women's, pregnant persons' and infants' health during the COVID-19 pandemic from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Access information about children and pregnant women's health from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics is available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Document of resources updated by your friendly neighborhood pediatricians for Chicago families during COVID-19
- Contains resources related to food, housing, kids, and how to help during this time!
- Note: ICAAP is not responsible for the management of this document.
Other COVID-19 Resources
Self-register for SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to receive important notifications from IDPH. Select IDPH and then you can select your hospital or the Illinois Chapter which is listed under “DPH Partners”.
Updates on Medicaid and coverage for children can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.
Seattle Children’s infectious disease, hospital operations, and emergency medicine experts recently shared their experiences from the front lines at the first epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. The session concluded with a Q&A on how you can prepare.
Access statewide information from IDPH.
Access citywide information from CPDH.
Information for families.
Access all webinars and information for clinicians from the CDC.
Sign up for alerts from the CDC Emergency Preparedness and Responses.
COVID-19 resources for individuals and families in Illinois provided by Shriver Center on Poverty Law.