MCD's COVID-19 Response

MCD's global public health mission has never been more critical and relevant than during the current COVID-19 pandemic



New MCD/MSH-Peru Joint Venture launches free Covid-19 eLearning module for Perú

On March 1, 2021 Medical Care Development Inc. signed a joint venture agreement with MSH-Perú to launch a new co-branded online public health training platform for Peru.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken a catastrophic toll on Peru's people and led to one of the highest excess death rates reported in the world, MCD/MSH-Peru is offering the first module on its new public health training platform - Covid-19 eTraining course for Peru – to regional and local public health entities throughout Peru free-of-charge.

Learn more about how MCD is supporting efforts in Maine, throughout the US, and around the world to respond to the pandemic:

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eTraining for Pandemic Response

Health workers and other front-line workers need trustworthy and culturally appropriate information as well as tools if they are going to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical Care Development's response to this need has been to develop customized COVID-19 eTraining modules for different categories of health and front-line workers in different countries, starting here in the USA with a free COVID-19 eTraining module for US-based Community Health Workers (CHWs), and followed by COVID-19 modules for other countries and workers

US-based CHW Online Training Program

Telehealth Response

MCD Public Health (MCDPH) has been a leader for over 30 years in the deployment of telehealth technologies as a means of cost-effectively improving access to quality health care services to rural and medically underserved communities.

MCDPH serves as the home of the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) which us funded by HRSA's Office for the Advancement of Telehealth for the provides technical assistance and other resources to health systems and health care providers to establish or expand telehealth services throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.

Through a new Coronavirus Telehealth Resources Center grant under the CARES Act, MCDPH is expanding NETRC's capacity to respond to the huge increase in the number of technical assistance requests for telehealth implementation from health systems and providers since the onset of the pandemic.

See new "Why Telehealth?" video that shows ways that telehealth can be a vital part of the healthcare system, creating new and safe opportunities for patients to connect with providers.

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See the following reports that provide examples of stakeholder challenges, solutions and lessons learned:

The NETRC team has been very busy serving as expert sources on the evolution of telehealth and how telehealth is being deployed on the front lines to address the coronavirus pandemic. See for example:

NEW NETRC Testimonials

"It was a great relief to know that our Telehealth Resource Center had our back as we scrambled to support our FQHC members in delivering care to patients throughout rural Vermont and New Hampshire during such a difficult, disruptive time." Helen Labun, Director of Vermont Public Policy; Bi-State Primary Care Association

"The New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (NE RJOI) has appreciated the NETRC’s responsiveness and the information you have brought to the table to inform our network of members on telehealth. We … look forward to working together again in the future" Kristina Bryant, NE RJOI Project Director

"The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center provides ongoing telehealth guidance crucial to the success of the MaineHealth Telehealth program. The pandemic created a surge in telehealth utilization across our care settings which, when coupled with a complicated reimbursement and policy landscape, made it difficult to keep track of all the changes. The NETRC team made it possible – they are the ever-present source of truth on all topics telehealth!" Jasmine Bishop, Director, Telehealth MaineHealth

MCDI, with technical support from MCDPH, has provided technical and operational assistance to Noble Energy EG Ltd. (a Chevron Company) in Equatorial Guinea to introduce telehealth as a means of reinforcing their clinical care capabilities in response to COVID-19.

Pandemic Preparedness and Response

MCD Public Health has over 50 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating programs to improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals at the national, regional, state and local level. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MCD has leveraged that experience and partnership with the public and private sectors to forge effective pandemic preparedness and response strategies against COVID-19 at the state and local level in Maine (see below), at the regional, and at the national levels.

State and Local Response in Maine

  • MCDPH is providing staffing services to support the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) in its comprehensive COVID-19 Response efforts, including for contact tracing, case investigation, and healthcare epidemiology emerging threats services.
  • MCDPH's embedded staff within the Maine CDC provided COVID response services by staffing the State COVID Hotline, serving as Case Investigators and working the Maine Immunization Program’s COVID Vaccine Information Line.
  • School Oral Health Program staff partnered with the Maine CDC and a local dental office to provide oral health screenings and sealants for children who could not receive them in school due to COVID restrictions.
  • Healthy Lincoln County pivoted quickly to respond to a significant need for expansion in food security work, leading to funding and new models of service in the community. Along with local partners, including the Lincoln County Food initiative, they served over 110,000 meals to children, families, and those isolated due to the coronavirus.

MCD's international division (MCDI) has over 40 years of experience supporting communities around the world to prepare and respond to infectious and communicable diseases, including epidemics and pandemics. Now, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, MCD is leveraging that experience and its partnerships with the public and private sectors to forge effective pandemic preparedness and response strategies against COVID-19. See more about these COVID-19 preparedness and response effort as well as recent efforts against the Zika pandemic.

Corporate Preparedness and Response

National Community Level Preparedness and Response

COVID-19 Related and Other Resources

MCD has been working tirelessly to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Look, listen and read more about MCD's work on pandemic preparedness and response in the US and around the world.

Other recent publications by MCD staff include:

See other MCD resources here.

Other highlights

MCD's work and business partnership with Camden National Bank was featured in the bank's 2020 Annual Report. The report highlighted MCD’s International Division’s technical assistance to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization in setting global standards for malaria diagnostics and by developing and deploying systems to train, supervise and evaluate laboratory and clinical staff in malaria endemic countries in Africa, Asia and South America.