Access and Functional Needs Considerations for COVID-19 Response and Recovery Planning

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for the access and functional needs (AFN) of individuals with temporary or permanent challenges accessing or receiving medical care, support services and/or accommodations before, during or after a public health emergency. These individuals have existing needs to be considered in emergency response and recovery plans and may be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic (e.g., at increased risk for infection, morbidity and mortality depending on their current circumstances). In addition, emergency response activities and mitigation policies themselves may inadvertently create new disruptions to accessing care and supports for this population.

All NGA COVID-19 memos can be found here, or visit COVID-19: What You Need To Know for current information on actions States/Territories are taking to address the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as advocacy, policy, and guidance documents for protecting public health and the economy.