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Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

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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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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Status Check VI: Pennsylvania Rural Health Care
Presents an overview of challenges to providing healthcare in rural Pennsylvania. Includes chapters on health workforce recruitment and retention; access to primary care, emergency, perinatal, and elder care; insurance coverage; health disparities; and other health issues affecting rural Pennsylvania. Also contains a Rural Health Resource Directory with descriptions of organizations throughout the state that have an interest in improving rural healthcare.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Rural Health Association
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Off the Rails in Rural South Carolina: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare Provider Perspectives on the Long-term Health Impact of the Graniteville Train Disaster
Results of interviews with 30 healthcare providers who treated survivors of the 2005 train derailment and chlorine spill in Graniteville, South Carolina. Explores long-term psychological, physical, and social effects of technological disasters on rural communities' health and access to health services, and perspectives of healthcare providers.
Author(s): Lucy Annang Ingram, Chiwoneso Tinago, Robin Estrada, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 16, 3906
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
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All-Hazards Preparedness for Rural Communities: A Guide to Help Rural Agriculture Communities Prepare for Threats to Their Families, Farms, Animals and Businesses
Guide for individuals, farmers, and businesses in rural agricultural communities preparing for an all-hazards approach for their communities and commodities. Includes preparedness information and plans for families, homes, pets, farms, livestock, crops, and businesses regarding threats, such as biological, man-made, or technological threats.
Author(s): Jessica Platts, Shaine Devoe, Ashley Osborn, Stellena Nelson, Glenda Dvorak
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Food Security and Public Health
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Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events
Explores key issues in responses to active shooter and bombing events, and serves as a prompt for responders and planners to consider areas where their communities can address potential gaps. Addresses challenges specific to crisis situations in rural areas.
Author(s): John L. Hick, Dan Hanfling, Bruce Evans, et al.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
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