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Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

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 organization: Planners4Health
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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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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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Toolkit: Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Between Tribes and Counties for Emergency Management
Contains checklists, templates, case studies, resources for educational training, laws and policies for emergency management, and cultural resources. Developed at the request of California tribal and county representatives, though most of the materials have national scope.
Author(s): Maureen A. Wimsatt, Michael Mudgett, Cassandra Call, Al Hernandez-Santana, Kathleen Greer
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc., California Tribal Epidemiology Center
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2017: A Year of Accomplishment
Highlights the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' major accomplishments during 2017, including details about the federal response to the opioid crisis, reducing burdensome regulations, facilitating hurricane response and recovery efforts, and promoting strategies to improve healthcare in rural and underserved communities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Hurricane Response: CMS Waivers and Exceptions for Facilities
Outlines the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' response to Hurricanes Nate, Maria, Irma, and Harvey. The actions are focused on maintaining access to care for affected Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Includes information about administrative actions and waivers for Critical Access Hospitals, Medicare-dependent small rural hospitals, low-volume providers, and other participating facilities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Ready or Not: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism
A review of state and federal public health preparedness, including state-by-state indicators and scores. Offers recommendations for a strategic capabilities system that can effectively respond to health threats.
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Dara Alpert Lieberman, Kendra May
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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