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Resources by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

Building Local Level Partnerships for Rural Emergency Preparedness
Webinar recording, part 1 of a 3-part series, discusses the role of collaboration and partnerships in rural emergency preparedness. Features presentations from representatives of NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the Region 5 Big Horn Basin Healthcare Coalition, the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District, and the Pottsboro Area Library.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Webinar Slides
Date: 05/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Wildfire Defense Grants: Insights from Round 1 of Funding
An independent analysis conducted for the U.S. Forest Service regarding the Community Wildfire Defense grant application and selection process. Includes analysis of funded and unfunded proposals with consideration for their rurality.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Headwater Economics
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The Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on People with Disabilities
A report detailing the impact of extreme weather on people with disabilities in the areas of healthcare, housing, employment, education, and emergency management. Discusses concerns and recommendations for both rural and tribal residents throughout.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Defending Rural Healthcare Against Ransomware
A recorded webinar that discusses the burden of ransomware attacks on rural healthcare facilities. Provides information on how to prepare for, detect, and respond to a cyber attack.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Author(s): Michael Hamilton, Fred Langston, Johnathen Inskeep, Jake Milstein
Date: 05/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Optimizing Rural Health
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Building Capacity with American Indians and Alaska Natives to Handle Hazardous Materials and Respond to Emergencies
Report details the NIEHS Worker Training Program initiative to train American Indian and Alaska Native workers and communities to handle hazardous materials and public emergencies. Highlights the courses offered, such as chemical emergency response, asbestos awareness, and infectious disease awareness, among others. Discusses the need for training in AI/AN communities and identifies the tribal nations that have received the training.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
Provides an overview of changes to Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) requirements and payment policies in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and subsequent changes at the end of the PHE on May 11, 2023. Includes information on telehealth flexibilities that have continued through 2024.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients
Offers cybersecurity guidelines for healthcare organizations to help reduce cybersecurity risks. Outlines the top five cybersecurity threats, and discusses best practices to combat these threats. Technical Volume 1 discusses cybersecurity practices for small healthcare organizations.
Additional links: Technical Volume 1: Cybersecurity Practices for Small Health Care Organizations
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: 405(d) Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Challenges and Solutions for Disaster Behavioral Health in Rural and Remote Communities
Describes the scope and diversity of rural and remote populations across the nation, highlighting sources of strength and struggle, including the effects of stigma, for rural Americans and rural healthcare providers. Explores potential approaches to disaster behavioral health in rural and remote areas, including governmental and policy approaches, community-based approaches, and telemedicine.
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
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In Need of a Checkup: Examining the Cybersecurity Risks to the Healthcare Sector
Recording of a March 16, 2023, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on cybersecurity threats facing the healthcare sector. Features testimony from Kate Pierce, the former Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer of an Alabama Critical Access Hospital, who discusses cybersecurity in small and rural hospitals.
Additional links: Kate Piece, Fortified Health Security - Testimony
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
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Rural Emergency Hospital Requirements: CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
Provides a reference source for Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) requirements related to the final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), "Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers." Includes excerpts from the REH Conditions of Participation regarding emergency preparedness, as well as CMS interpretive guidelines for 17 other provider types. Covers the development of an emergency plan, related policies and procedures, communications, training, and more.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response
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