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Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

Rural and Frontier Healthcare Coalitions: A Preparedness and Response Snapshot
Summarizes interviews with rural and frontier healthcare coalitions from nine states. Describes the characteristics of healthcare coalitions. Covers strengths, barriers, and opportunities for rural and frontier healthcare coalitions.
Author(s): Shannon Davis
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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One Year after the Storms: Recovery and Health Care in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Issue brief describing status of the recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following the September 2017 hurricanes. Draws on public reports and interviews conducted in July and September 2018 and earlier work focusing on the territories' status 6 months after the storms.
Author(s): Cornelia Hall, Robin Rudowitz, Samantha Artiga, Barbara Lyons
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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School District Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans — United States, 2006, 2012, and 2016
Examines crisis preparedness in schools, with data on urban, suburban, town, and rural areas. Includes information on district requirements for school preparedness related to family reunification procedures, pandemic influenza or other infectious disease outbreak response, provisions for special needs or mental health services, and funding for or provision of crisis preparedness training.
Author(s): Judy Kruger, Nancy Brener, Rebecca Leeb, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(30), 809-814
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Emergency Preparedness and Recovery: A Toolkit for Rural Communities
Provides information and resources to assist a long term recovery group (LTRG) responding to a disaster and implementing recovery plans in a rural community. Addresses the infrastructure and health needs of rural residents in a disaster. Offers considerations for establishing a LTRG in a small and/or rural area and covers topics specific to rural areas, such as organizing volunteers and financial management.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Planners4Health, Texas Public Health Association
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Tribal Nursing Home Best Practices: Emergency Preparedness
Describes emergency preparedness approaches of 5 tribal nursing homes in the states of Arizona, Washington, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Emergency Preparedness – Update
Provides a webinar recording focused on emergency preparedness for Rural Health Clinics. Focuses on relevant regulations and creating emergency plans. Additional links include an example Emergency Operations Plan. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Rural Health Clinic Example Emergency Operations Plan, Transcript
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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As the South Grows: Weathering the Storm
Discusses the impact of environmental change on the social and economic systems of the South, and how climate change may disproportionately harm the South's already struggling communities. Presents opportunities and supporting information for foundations, hoping to encourage climate-related philanthropy throughout the South.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers: Struggling to Recover in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Highlights the importance of Puerto Rico's 86 mostly rural federally funded health centers, and details the challenges they face as they recover from Hurricane Maria. Also provides demographic and health status/coverage information for Puerto Rico's health center patient base.
Author(s): Peter Shin, Jessica Sharac, Rachel Gunsalus, Brad Leifer, Sara Rosenbaum
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management, RCHN Community Health Foundation
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Responding to Natural Disasters in Rural Communities
Recorded webinar discussing emergency preparedness and response strategies from two rural communities. Includes a discussion of the stages of disaster planning and response and identifies strategies to address the needs of children, youth, and families who have been victims of natural disasters in rural communities.
Additional links: Download Video Recording, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Desiree Lipka, Marcie Vaughn
Date: 06/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families
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Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures
Interpretive guidelines clarifying several provisions of the emergency preparedness final rule for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers, which affects Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and other rural facilities.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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