Resource Library

NCSI Clinical Practice Forum #5: How We Care: Utilizing Advance Practice (APRN/PA) Providers for Maximum QualityClinical PracticeThis unique forum highlight both where and how advance practice providers are practicing in the …
NCSI Coalition Clinical Practice Forum #4: The Social Work Picture: Serious Illness, Quality of Care, and AdvocacyClinical PracticeOur latest Clinical Practice Forum highlights how Social Work plays a critically important role in …
NCSI Coalition Clinical Practice Forum #3: The Role of the Health Information Exchange in Supporting Interoperability, Patient Access and Quality Data Registries/ReportingClinical PracticeWatch our latest Clinical Practice Forum about the Health Information Exchange (HIE) and it serves …
NCSI Coalition Clinical Practice Forum #2: Intro to Data Analytics in Serious Illness: The Impact of Interoperability and Patient Access on Quality Serious Illness CareClinical PracticeHow can improvements in the electronic exchange of patient health information (interoperability) improve patient and …
C-TAC Webinar: The Impact of the 2020 Election on Federal Serious Illness Care PolicyCommunication, Advocacy, and EducationLegislative and regulatory experts review the likely priorities of the new Biden Administration and
NCSI Coalition Clinical Practice Forum #1: Intro to Data Analytics in Serious IllnessClinical PracticePredictive analytics in healthcare uses historical data to make predictions about the future, thereby personalizing …
POLSTAdvance Care PlanningThis website provides many resources to aid in understanding the National POLST as both a …
Evidence-Based Best Practices for Improving State-Level C-TAC ACT Index ResultsAdvance Care Planning, Communication, Advocacy, and EducationThe report from C-TAC offers a variety of specific best practices to promote ACP.Research communication-advocacy-educationresearch-study
NC Coalition on AgingCaregivers and Patient Engagement, Communication, Advocacy, and EducationOur mission as a coalition is to improve the quality of life for older adults … communication-advocacy-educationwebsite
AARP’s COVID-19 Care BookletCommunication, Advocacy, and EducationAvailable in Spanish. Designed with spaces to write down important
ACP & Advance Directives + NC General Statute Updates Webinar (Video and Notes)Advance Care Planning, Caregivers and Patient EngagementOn July 8, the NCSI Coalition, in partnership with Coalition members, hosted an educational webinar … caregivers-and-patient-engagementwebinar
NQF Issue Brief: Opportunities for Advancing Quality Measurement in Community-Based Serious Illness Care.Caregivers and Patient

Covid-19 Response Resources

National POLST Leadership Offer Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak

National POLST leaders, which includes medical professionals and ethicists, have worked together to provide two statements relevant to the current situation:

  • Completing POLST Forms in Crisis Standards of Care
  • COVID-19 & POLST Statement

Click here for a web page that pulls together resources that can be very helpful to professionals as well as the general public.

How to talk about COVID-19 and Your Patients' Wishes Regarding Serious Illness Care

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement says, “Clinicians have been finding that patients are often relieved and grateful when given the opportunity to proactively discuss their priorities for medical care should they get sick in the future with COVID-19.”

Click here  for access to the entire article, which includes “Tips to Consider”.

COVID-19 and the Carolinas: State Responses and Federal Legislation to Address the Crisis

The NC Institute of Medicine and the SC Institute of Medicine & Public Health have issued two joint briefs regarding the impact and responses to COVID-19 in the Carolinas.

  • Click here for access to the April 2020 Issue Brief on COVID-19 and the Carolinas.
  • Click here for access to the May 2020 Issue Brief on COVID-19 and the Carolinas.

The NC Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) and the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health have released a new issue brief on state and federal actions to address the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This serves as an update to the briefs published in April and May of 2020 and February 2021. This brief examines changes to state policies in the past month, state-level legislation allocating COVID-19 funds, successes and challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and how policies and funding allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act will impact the Carolinas.

  • Click here for access to the latest 2021 Issue Brief: COVID-19 and the Carolinas Part IV: State Responses and Federal Legislation to Address the Crisis

NQF Issue Brief: Opportunities for Advancing Quality Measurement in Community-Based Serious Illness Care.

This content in this brief reflects input from experts convened as part of the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub. This should prove to be a useful resource.

Click here to download this PDF.

Serious Illness Care Program’s COVID-19 Response Toolkit

Ariadne Labs has published an easy-to-use, adaptable toolkit of resources, the first version of which was published on April 3, 2020. It will be updated as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The toolkit includes the following items:

NC DHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Updated as of: 06.02.2021

Posted on behalf of NC DHHS 6/2/2021

Sent on behalf of Tara Myers, Deputy Secretary for Employment, Inclusion and Economic Stability

COVID-19 Stakeholder Update

Exciting news! Younger teens – those between 12 and 15 – can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

The recommendation comes following a thorough review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina State Health Director has amended the Standing Order authorizing health care providers to administer COVID-19 vaccines through an Emergency Use Authorization to include the use of the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12 through 15. 

Young people are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, just like everyone else. In North Carolina, close to 123,000 children 0 to 17 years old have tested positive for COVID-19, and the percent of COVID-19 cases that are in children 17 and under has been increasing. 

Having a vaccine for our younger teens brings us that much closer to being able to end the pandemic. As always, we rely on you as a trusted messenger to help people make informed decisions and take action. NC DHHS has created a suite of communications materials for teens and their families to help you spread the word, including: 

·         New Flyer for Teens and Parents 

·         Updated Frequently Asked Questions (English / Spanish) 

·         Shareable Social Media Graphics 

·         And more! 

If you haven’t already, we hope you will join our Bringing Summer Back get-out-the-vaccine campaign. It’s a fun, flexible, community-centered approach to help every organization and individual stop the spread of COVID-19 by urging friends and neighbors to get vaccinated. 

We also have a range of materials that can help you promote vaccines to everyone from teens to seniors. Our communications toolkit includes flyers and patient handouts, posters, social media graphics, website and newsletter graphics, virtual backgrounds, and a robust video library. 

We are working with vaccine providers, including pediatricians and family medicine doctors, to make the Pfizer vaccine accessible across the state. We are also connecting larger vaccine providers who have the capacity to store the Pfizer vaccine to smaller practices needing a smaller quantity. To find providers with the Pfizer vaccine, go to and filter for Pfizer. 

Our press release provides more detail.