Advance Public Health in Rural Communities

Based on feedback from local health departments, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is standing up a Rural Public Health Preparedness Collaborative workgroup. Sixty-two percent of local health departments serve communities with populations of less than 50,000 people. We have identified the need to address the unique challenges of rural public health preparedness so rural communities can better mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

If you are a interested in working with other rural health departments to share best practices and lessons learned, develop recommendations and tools to strengthen the public health preparedness capacity of your department, email NACCHO’s Preparedness Team with a description of your jurisdiction and why you want to join the workgroup.


6 thoughts on “Advance Public Health in Rural Communities

  1. November 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Interested in hearing more about the rural work group. I am a county emergency manager with a keen interest in the challenges of rural communities as it relates to emergency preparedness. As a side note, I just finished a masters program in homeland security, and my thesis topic was Just-in-Time Training Considerations for Rural Emergency Operations Centers.
    Thanks for your consideration,

    1. Katie Dwyer
      January 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Tiffany,
      Congratulations on completing your Masters program! Would you mind e-mailing us at with your contact information so that we can follow up? Thanks!

  2. Michelle
    November 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Good afternoon, Tiffany,

    I’ll pass along your interest to Erin, who is leading the workgroup. Thanks for your interest!


  3. December 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I think this is a great idea, and I look forward to seeing what the group comes up with!
    I am a fairly new ERC and MRC Unit Leader, and really don’t feel qualified to join the workgroup, but am glad to hear this is being formed. Thanks!

    1. Michelle
      December 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Hi, Maureen,

      Thanks for your comment! Please keep checking back to hear about more opportunities.


    2. Katie Dwyer
      January 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Maureen,
      Updates from the Rural Public Health Preparedness Collaborative will be shared in the Project and Meeting Reports section of this website. The report from our initial meeting can be found here:
      After learning more about the workgroup and its proposed activities, if you would like to participate, please e-mail us at The workgroup is not exclusive to experienced preparedness professionals.

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