Pandemics place unexpected burdens on health care professionals, national and local infrastructures, employers, and medical resources. Preparing and responding to a pandemic involves training responders and stockpiling finite resources like medications and PPE, but associated ethical issues also need to be addressed.

This portal provides links to Center activities, events and publications on this topic and access to an extensive bibliography, "Pandemic Resources," for additional research. While much of the content available on the site relates to work done in preparation for pandemic flu, it also applies to COVID-19. At the Center we continue to update and add resources related to the current situation and revise our efforts accordingly, transitioning from preparedness to response as the pandemic unfolds.

COVID-19 Response Working Documents

Pandemic Flu Response Educational Toolkit

In addition to the multiple resources listed below, the Center for Health Ethics has created a Health Ethics Flu Pandemic Response Educational Toolkit to help educate the public about your community's pandemic response. The following documents are available for use in community education regarding pandemic preparedness and response. It is important to engage the public in a conversation about how your community is preparing for a pandemic outbreak and the response plan that has been developed. None of the documents below are complete; they are meant to be personalized to your community’s needs and specifications. The majority of the information is already included, and there are clear, concise instructions for completion within each of the templates, and the Materials Overview and Instruction document outlines where additions will need to be made. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Morgan at



Selected Websites and Presentations