• Public Health Workforce (state, regional, local)
  • Promotores/Community Health Workers
  • Indian Health Service
  • Tribal Health Workforce
  • Tribal Community Health Representatives
  • School Nurses
  • Traditional First Responders
  • Non-Traditional Responders


  • Community Engagement
  • Technical Assistance
  • Education and Training
  • Assessments
  • Consulting
  • Exercises
  • Educational Material Development


  • Strengthen the public health workforce readiness in predominantly rural and under served areas through implementation of life long learning programs
  • Strengthen capacity at state, regional, local, and tribal levels for a rural public health emergency response.
  • Strengthen the network of academic based programs contributing to national all hazards preparedness and emergency response capacity.

**NEW** In public health emergencies, mortality surveillance provides crucial information. Monitoring the emergence of COVID–19 in the United States and guiding public health response will require accurate and timely death reporting.  The USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness has partnered with the Texas Department of State Health Services to create on-line trainings to provide guidance to medical certifiers on how to document cause of death due to a disaster such as COVID-19.  Click below to access these trainings:

​Cause of Death Disaster

Just in Time Cause of Death Disaster