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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

Rural Health Clinic Educational Resources
Provides links to resources for State Offices of Rural Health regarding the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program. Includes the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Educational Series, as well as resources on RHC policies and procedures and emergency preparedness.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center
Offers free resources on financial management, sustainable operations, and fundraising, as well as other tools to meet the needs of Appalachian nonprofits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium Online Training
Offers no cost online disaster preparedness training for rural first responders. All courses are certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and some courses may require prerequisites.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
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CDC's Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)
Identifies communities that may need support to prepare for and recover from disasters. Offers rankings by census tract based on 15 U.S. Census indicators focused on four themes: socioeconomic status; household composition; race, ethnicity, and language; and housing and transportation.
Additional links: County Maps, Interactive Map
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Community Resilience Estimates
Offers state and county profiles focused on community resilience, the capacity of community members to deal with and recover from a disaster and its related health, social, and economic impacts. Identifies risk factors for households and individuals, such as poverty level, unemployment, language barriers, and health status, and shares the risk factor results by county within each state and by census tract within each county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
Resources to help Cooperative Extension Services aid citizens affected by disasters. Addresses a wide range of hazards, including natural and man-made disasters
Type: Website
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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Issue Guide
Resources and information to help rural communities and healthcare facilities respond to COVID-19.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Disaster Health
A collection of resources highlighting guidance for and lessons learned by healthcare practitioners serving rural and tribal communities. Features categories including Critical Access Hospitals, education and training, tribal health resources, and surge planning from urban to rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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State Operations Manual Appendix Z - Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types Interpretive Guidance
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.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Risk Communication Toolkit
Designed to make ready-to-use materials available to local public health departments and clinics during a disaster or emergency, to improve risk communication and help overcome challenges found in rural settings. Contains separate sections on natural, biological, chemical, radiological, and mass vaccination/medication events, and includes information on non-traditional communication methods.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southeast (Ga.) Health District
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