Involvement of State Offices of Rural Health in Emergency Preparedness Activities

In 2002, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) released its report on emergency preparedness in rural communities as perceived by directors of state offices of rural health. Walsh Center staff re-surveyed rural offices of the states and re-visited issues that were raised in the earlier ORHP survey.

Roles of the offices were identified and information on the extent of office resources devoted to bioterrorism preparedness were collected. Activities and roles of the most- and least-involved state offices were compared.

This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Research and Policy Center.

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