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Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

COVID-19: Activities, Gatherings & Holidays
Guidance and resources for community and faith-based organizations to help them respond to COVID-19. Covers considerations related to re-opening, ongoing mitigation, cleaning and disinfection, and information for administrators and leaders.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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States Use Appendix K Waivers to Support Home- and Community-Based Services in Response to COVID-19
Describes how states are utilizing Appendix K waivers to promote flexibility and modify their home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an interactive map and chart outlining each state's modifications.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Tribal Communities - Plan, Prepare, and Respond
Guidance for tribal communities on responding to COVID-19. Includes information on vaccination, contact tracing, and more.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Project N95: The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse
Clearinghouse to help healthcare providers and facilities request needed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, and ventilators, and COVID-19 tests.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
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COVID-19: Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
Updates, resources, and information to help community health centers respond to COVID-19. Covers vaccination, testing, telehealth, health center operations and finances, and more.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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State Medicaid Telehealth Policies Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Examines state Medicaid telehealth coverage, policies, and utilization before and after the COVID-19 public health emergency. Discusses issues and opportunities for optimizing telehealth, including equity considerations for rural and lower-income communities.
Author(s): Rose C. Chu, Christie Peters, Nancy De Lew, Benjamin D. Sommers
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Leveraging Quality Measurement to Improve Rural Health, Telehealth, and Healthcare System Readiness: Final Environmental Scan Report
Presents the results of an environmental scan of literature related to barriers and facilitators of rural telehealth for healthcare system readiness, as well as a scan of quality measures relevant to rural telehealth during emergencies. Summarizes policies and practices related to telehealth and the healthcare system, with a focus on federal policy changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities
Examines how flood risk varies based on rural or urban location and socioeconomic or demographic composition, using data from the 48 lower U.S. states. Features statistics on average percentage of properties at risk of flooding, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated areas. Offers recommendations for preparing evacuation and resource distribution materials and creating partnerships with local service agencies, especially in areas with large populations of older adults.
Author(s): Danielle Rhubart, Yue Sun
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Penn State Population Research Institute
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COVID-19: Continued Attention Needed to Enhance Federal Preparedness, Response, Service Delivery, and Program Integrity
Discusses the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides an overview of federal actions on healthcare and economic policy areas through mid-June 2021, including data on vaccine administration and COVID-19 relief spending. Offers 15 new recommendations to federal agencies regarding public health, the economy, and program integrity that would improve the federal response.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Community Assessment for Mental and Physical Health Effects After Hurricane Irma — Florida Keys, May 2019
Reports results from the use of Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) to evaluate suicide risk in a micropolitan county with frequent hurricane landfall. Discusses the need to include long-term mental health service delivery as part of emergency preparedness planning for disasters such as hurricanes.
Author(s): Yaritbel Torres-Mendoza, Alison Kerr, Amy Helene Schnall, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(26), 937-941
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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