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The Role of Public Health in COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts From a Rural Health Perspective

Melvin, S. C., Wiggins, C., Burse, N., Thompson, E., Monger, M.

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Peer Review Study

Policy Change/ Development
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Outside U.S.
Network of people

Partnerships and Collaboration

This commentary describes the challenges faced by rural communities in addressing COVID-19, with a focus on the issues faced by southeastern US states. It also addresses how the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI) may be used as a tool to identify communities at heightened risk for COVID-19 on the basis of 6 clearly defined indicators. The CCVI can help decision makers target resources where they are most needed. Stakeholders, including hospitals, health care centers, insurance providers, policy makers, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations, should be included in planning and enlisted to help reach disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The coordination would be valuable in planning emergency response, identifying areas of greatest needs, developing culturally appropriate messaging, and disseminating information throughout the community.

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Outcomes of Interest

Capacity Building, Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People Living in Rural Areas

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