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Feb 23, 2021 - Features OSF Healthcare's Health Equities Action Lab (HEAL) which employed a data-driven strategy to address breast cancer disparity outcomes among its Illinois patients, 65 percent of whom live in rural areas. Explores their research which examined data on race and income and identified disparities across all OSF counties. Highlights interventions designed to increase access to mammography services in vulnerable populations.
Source: American Hospital Association
Feb 23, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between February 14-20, 2021 and finds that the number of COVID-related deaths in rural America dropped by a third, the most significant decline in the rural death rate in more than a month. Additionally, the rate of new infections last week fell by about 30 percent in both metropolitan and rural counties.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 19, 2021 - Highlights efforts by healthcare workers to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans in rural and hard-to-reach areas across the country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent doses by plane to rural Montana and partnered with tribal healthcare organizations to reach veterans in rural Alaska.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Feb 18, 2021 - Blog post discusses opioid use and misuse during pregnancy and the resulting health consequences for mothers and infants, barriers to care for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD), and how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating challenges. Describes the disparities that exist in rural areas and recommends policies that increase access to virtual care, OUD treatment, and Medicaid coverage.
Source: Health Affairs
Feb 18, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated financial issues for rural hospitals, leaving many in less populated regions at risk for closing. Discusses how federal support and other financial aid has enabled rural hospitals to continue operating, but experts fear that the support could obscure the dire financial picture many of them face.
Source: CBS News
Feb 18, 2021 - Reports that 10 western states had an increase in drug overdose deaths in 2020, particularly in rural counties. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded stress and interrupted substance use disorder treatment services. Recommends increased access to Naloxone and funding to implement prevention and treatment strategies.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 17, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new actions to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country, including for schools and underserved populations. Actions also include increasing the domestic manufacturing of testing supplies and raw materials and increasing genomic sequencing of the virus to better prepare for the threat of variants.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 17, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of February 16, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 17, 2021 - While the nation's focus shifted to rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, a rural hospital in Louisiana struggled to handle a surge of COVID patients after the holidays. Examines health disparities present in rural communities and describes the burnout healthcare workers are experiencing after months of pandemic stress.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Feb 16, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates in the U.S. between February 7-13, 2021. Finds that while the number of new infections in rural counties fell to the lowest level since October 2020, COVID-related deaths grew slightly. Includes a county map of COVID-19 infection rates, as well as data on the weekly rates of new deaths and new infections since June 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 16, 2021 - Highlights researchers who are working on reducing transmission of the COVID-19 virus and increasing COVID-19 testing on the Navajo Nation. Details the study, which is part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADxSM-UP) program and explores two different ways of encouraging people to get COVID-19 testing.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Feb 15, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the Health Insurance Marketplace is available for consumers of 36 states from February 15-May 15, 2021. This announcement is in accordance with the Executive Order signed by President Biden to allow those impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to enroll in health insurance.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Feb 11, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) organized a private charter plane to deliver 400 COVID-19 vaccines for high-risk veterans in remote Montana. VA staff from four different locations helped to plan the mass vaccination event and distribute the vaccines to rural veterans.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Feb 10, 2021 - Provides an overview of a study that found nearly half of rural hospitals are operating in the red with 450 facilities at risk of closing their doors. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has further destabilized the rural health system, as outpatient services were suspended for months resulting in financial losses for many rural hospitals.
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Feb 10, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 31-February 6, 2021. Found a decline in new infections in rural areas for the fourth week in a row, but a slight increase in COVID-related deaths. Reports other key findings comparing rural and urban death rates, red-zone county classifications, and test positivity rates.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 9, 2021 - Features stories of successful COVID-19 vaccination efforts in tribal communities across the country. Describes how tribes utilized phones to answer inquiries and book appointments, as well as social media, radio, and direct mail to get the word out. Explains how tribes prioritized elders in distribution efforts and addresses vaccine hesitation within Indian Country.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Feb 8, 2021 - Addresses disparities in COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates among communities of color. Highlights how state efforts to collect and analyze trends in race and ethnicity data, in conjunction with support from the federal government, can guide decision making and promote the implementation of concrete strategies to reduce disparities.
Source: National Academy for State Health Policy
Feb 5, 2021 - Analyzes COVID-19 cases across the U.S. finding the highest infection rates in rural communities, specifically the Native American Lands, LDS Enclaves, and Aging Farmlands. Early on in the pandemic, urban areas had higher rates of infection. Discusses the factors that could have contributed to the increased infection rates in rural and sparsely populated areas.
Source: American Communities Project
Feb 5, 2021 - Defines and explains the history of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation, which is commonly used when referring to rural hospitals. Describes how rural hospitals rely on revenues from Medicare and Medicaid patients, but as changes in reimbursement continue, lawmakers react to give rural hospitals new ways of making ends meet.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 2, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between January 24-30, 2021. Finds that an average of 527 rural Americans died every day in January from COVID-related causes, identifying the month as the deadliest of the pandemic so far. Discusses how the rate of new deaths in rural counties outpaced new deaths in urban counties, even with rural counties seeing a decline in new infections.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 1, 2021 - Discusses how millions of older adults and low-income people of color, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus, may lack transportation or live in rural areas far from COVID-19 vaccination sites. Highlights strategies by local officials to reach out to underserved communities, such as setting up mobile and drive-thru vaccination units and using churches, school, and stores as vaccination sites.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Jan 31, 2021 - Explores how West Virginia, a small and mostly rural state with a large elderly population, successfully distributed 85 percent of its delivered COVID-19 vaccine doses. Highlights their decision to rely on independent pharmacies and discusses how having a relatively small and homogenous population has contributed to its success.
Source: NBC News
Jan 28, 2021 - Features a long-term care facility in rural Colorado that has seen in-person visits and some activities resume since COVID-19 vaccines arrived. Describes how vaccine deployment and the prioritization of long-term care facilities is easier in small communities, and with round two of the vaccine on the way, residents feel hope and a sense of normalcy.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Jan 27, 2021 - Blog post discusses the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and describes five public health efforts to address these impacts. Recommends the Biden-Harris administration focus on investing in public health media campaigns, providing interventions for healthcare providers and other essential workers, increasing the behavioral health workforce, prioritizing mental health research, and expanding mental health screenings.
Source: Health Affairs
Jan 27, 2021 - Highlights creative ways rural healthcare providers are distributing COVID-19 vaccines in their communities. Features health centers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina that purchased mobile health systems to provide testing and vaccination, and a four-woman team providing vaccines in remote communities across Alaska.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 26, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 17-26, 2021, finding a decline in both cases and COVID-related deaths in rural counties. Describes that even though nine out of every 10 rural counties remained in the red zone, the latest surge of infections is waning.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 26, 2021 - The Rural Health Information Hub is requesting examples of rural communities and healthcare providers that are addressing vaccine hesitancy or innovating to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Examples may be included in the Rural COVID-19 Innovations collection.
Source: Rural Health Information Hub
Jan 25, 2021 - The American Heart Association (AHA) announced investments of more than $230 million over the next four years to support targeted initiatives focused on addressing social determinants of health in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Discusses AHA's continuing efforts in public policymaking to improve access to healthcare in under-resourced communities of color and rural areas.
Source: American Heart Association
Jan 25, 2021 - Opinion article discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural hospitals and recommends ways that the Biden Administration can help revive rural healthcare. Solutions include rethinking how rural healthcare providers are paid, expanding mental health services, specialized training for rural health leaders, and investing in rural maternal healthcare and rural infrastructure.
Source: The Conversation
Jan 21, 2021 - Blog highlights the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy unveiled by President Biden and his administration, which seeks to address challenges faced by local governments in distributing the vaccine. Summarizes actions to increase supply of vaccinations, leverage federal resources to create local vaccination sites, mobilize additional personnel, and launch a public education campaign.
Source: National Association of Counties
Jan 21, 2021 - Summarizes a study that revealed a rise in methamphetamine overdose rates in the U.S., with the highest death rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Discusses how there are currently no FDA-approved medications to treat methamphetamine use disorder and recommends leveraging traditions and culturally appropriate interventions to promote resilience and prevent drug use.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 20, 2021 - Discusses the challenges faced by rural clinics to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in their rural communities. Describes efforts to overcome the challenges, such as storage requirements, the lack of pharmacies and major medical centers, vaccine hesitation, and stretched resources.
Source: Undark
Jan 20, 2021 - Video features rural healthcare facilities in Montana and Texas and their efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities. Describes several challenges to distribution in frontier communities, including the shortage of healthcare workers, long distances to travel, and vaccine storage requirements.
Source: CNN
Jan 20, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans (SFHDLP and SFHGLP) through March 31, 2021. Discusses how these actions will bring relief to residents in rural America during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jan 19, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its annual Broadband Deployment Report which shows that the gap between urban and rural Americans with access to 25/3 Mbps fixed broadband service has been nearly halved. Discusses how the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund continues to improve access to broadband in rural America.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 19, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 10-16, 2021, finds that new infections declined in rural counties, but the cumulative rural death toll surpassed 60,000. Includes county-level data identifying areas in the red zone with infections of 100 or more per 100,000 residents.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 19, 2021 - Explores COVID-19 vaccination distribution in rural areas across the country, describes how the lack of a database makes it difficult to track progress and identify areas that need help. While rural Texas hospitals struggle to get ahold of the vaccines, some rural areas in Washington are ahead of the curve and waiting for the rest of the state to catch up.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 19, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $90 million in funding to 496 health centers across 48 states, the District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funding aims to address hypertension, improve heart health, and reduce disparities in COVID-19 outcomes among racial and ethnic minority communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 19, 2021 - The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, Vermont, as the 2020 recipient of the Rural Hospital Leadership Award and recognized Titusville Area Hospital in Pennsylvania, as a finalist. Highlights how the two health systems innovate to meet the needs of their communities.
Source: American Hospital Association
Jan 19, 2021 - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking comments on recommended changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards, which determine the procedures for delineating and updating the statistical areas when new data becomes available. Recommendations include increasing the minimum urban area population to qualify as a metropolitan statistical area from 50,000 to 100,000. Recommendations and supplemental materials are located at regulations.gov. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 15, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects in 11 states that have been selected for the Connected Care Pilot Program. Funding of $100 million over a three-year period will provide connected care services, with a particular emphasis on providing care to low-income and veteran patients in both rural and urban areas.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 15, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced it will be amending the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal, but will not have to submit reporting requirements on their use of funds until a later date.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced $40 million in H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program funds awarded to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in communities across the country. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for healthcare workers, especially in rural areas. The funding aims to increase the number of individuals training in healthcare occupations that directly impact patient care.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder, which exempts physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Details the exemptions that aim to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 13, 2021 - Blog post discusses lessons learned and areas that transformed healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how partnerships between organizations and across other sectors bring innovation and collaboration, especially for rural providers with limited resources. Highlights opportunities within data analytics, the public health system, and virtual care.
Source: American Hospital Association
Jan 13, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 3-9, 2021, finding a record number of infections and COVID-related deaths in both rural and urban counties. Identifies the highest rates of infection in the upper South, the Southwest, and lower portions of Great Lakes states.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 12, 2021 - Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and the recent spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths across the country. Explains how grocers and pharmacies are helping distribute the vaccine and setting up locations at schools and libraries could help distribution in rural communities.
Source: RFD TV
Jan 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States, effective January 26, 2021. Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test result or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jan 12, 2021 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced 26 research grants to explore healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects focus on areas such as the increased use of telehealth, best practices in rural care settings, emergency management in hospitals, addressing critical barriers to effective pandemic response in hospitals that care for vulnerable populations, and improving clinician and patient safety.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Jan 12, 2021 - Provides overview of study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that found the rates of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder and of babies born with withdrawal symptoms increased from 2010-2017. Identifies rural, white, and Medicaid populations with the highest rates of maternal opioid-related diagnoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 12, 2021 - Covers the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on American Indian and Alaska Natives as tribal elders have been disproportionately killed by the disease. Discusses the impact this has on Native language, history, and tradition, highlights efforts to protect elders as a mission of cultural survival.
Source: New York Times
Jan 12, 2021 - The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) are working to identify any Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) who have not yet received payment under the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program. NARHC is requesting eligible RHCs respond by February 12, 2021.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Jan 11, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $8 million to fund the Telehealth Broadband Pilot (TBP) program, which assesses broadband capacity available to rural healthcare providers to improve access to telehealth services in their communities. $6.5 million was awarded to the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC) and $1.5 million was awarded to the Telehealth-Focused Rural Health Research Center through the University of Arkansas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 11, 2021 - The Joint Commission is proposing new and revised resuscitation requirements for both the hospital and the Critical Access Hospital accreditation programs and is requesting feedback from the public until February 22, 2021.
Source: The Joint Commission
Jan 8, 2021 - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-opens January 11, 2021 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. This round includes $284 billion to help small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic address job retention and other expenses through March 31, 2021.
Source: Small Business Administration
Jan 8, 2021 - Highlights rural communities that have taken the initiative to successfully distribute the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. Discusses how healthcare is historically difficult to access in rural areas, but some rural communities face fewer logistical hurdles and smaller numbers to vaccinate.
Source: NPR
Jan 7, 2021 - Describes West Virginia's success in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine, putting the state ahead of other states in terms of distribution. Discusses how they are utilizing existing relationships with independent pharmacies to distribute the vaccine in rural and small communities.
Source: NPR
Jan 7, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state health officials describing how to adopt strategies that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Discusses how SDOH exacerbate health disparities among a variety of populations, including rural communities, and the guidance aims to help states improve population health and reduce costs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jan 6, 2021 - Analyzes COVID-related deaths by month and county type and identifies December as the deadliest month on record, with rural counties contributing to a fifth of the total deaths reported in that month. Includes interactive maps of 2020 rural county death rates and percent of 2020 deaths that occurred in December.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 6, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau is requesting comments on how to administer Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, seeking input on application evaluation metrics, how the Commission should treat applications filed during the initial funding round, and additional program improvements. Round 2 includes an additional $249.95 million to help healthcare providers offer telehealth and connected care services. Comments are due by January 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will provide support for testing and vaccination-related activities to jurisdictions before January 19, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 6, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its Digital Divide Consult has helped more than 12,000 Veterans obtain internet access or a video-capable device for their healthcare needs. Discusses how the program helps to provide solutions for veterans who are homeless, live in rural areas, or are older than 45, as they are less likely to have access to telehealth services.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Jan 6, 2021 - Summarizes a report that found rural hospitals have consistently had a greater proportion of patients being treated for COVID-19 than urban hospitals since October 2020. Analyzes another report that found rural hospitals have a greater percentage of their beds available than urban hospitals, which could limit rural residents' ability to get advanced services if necessary.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 5, 2021 - Features the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and their efforts to keep rural water-treatment employees healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic so local communities could continue to access potable water. Through a partnership, RCAP provided 105,000 N95 masks to water, wastewater, and solid waste treatment facilities in rural and tribal areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 5, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $10 million in Rural Capacity-Building for Affordable Housing and Community Development grants to five national non-profit organizations. The funding will help grantees provide training, technical assistance, and financial support to local beneficiaries who serve residents of some of America's hardest hit rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jan 5, 2021 - Summarizes a study that found nearly a third of rural counties do not have a pharmacy that is listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) COVID-19 vaccine distribution partnerships. Describes an HHS announcement that says additional agreements could be reached to include independent and regional-chain pharmacies in distribution, but the study identified 110 rural counties that have no pharmacies capable of vaccine services.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 4, 2021 - The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the department will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes to support American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jan 4, 2021 - Discusses how the increase in COVID-related deaths has overwhelmed "last responders," or workers at morgues and funeral homes. Describes how funerals and grieving rituals have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for Native communities who have been among the hardest hit with COVID illnesses and deaths.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Jan 3, 2021 - In some rural school districts where teachers and administrators volunteered to deliver food to needy families during the COVID-19 outbreak, educators encountered poverty firsthand. Highlights federal programs that helped families pay for groceries and the continued efforts by school districts across the country to ensure students did not go hungry.
Source: USA Today
Dec 31, 2020 - Features Livingston HealthCare in rural Montana and addresses the emotional toil that healthcare workers are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. With hospital visits limited, healthcare workers have taken on more responsibility to care for patients and help them feel less isolated.
Source: NPR
Dec 30, 2020 - Among all U.S. states, Utah ranks last for adult mental healthcare access, with other rural states in the bottom third of the list. Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the prevalence of mental illness among adults, while simultaneously increasing barriers to mental healthcare access. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: National Geographic
Dec 30, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted 22 additional applications for licenses to use the 2.5 GHz band through the Rural Tribal Priority Window. These spectrum licenses aim to close the digital divide and provide broadband and wireless services to rural Tribal communities.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Dec 30, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track application deadline to March 16, 2021. The Community Transformation Track will provide funding to up to 15 rural communities to design systems of care that improve access to high quality care that is sustainable and value-based.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dec 30, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found hospital administrators and nurse managers want more emergency obstetric training to decrease the risk for pregnant mothers and their babies. Addresses the rising maternal mortality rates across the country, with the highest rates being among non-Hispanic Black, Native, and low-income women in rural states.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 29, 2020 - Explores the efforts of rural hospitals to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines to staff and their communities. Discusses the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the obstacles to distribution, and small hospitals' strategies to overcome those obstacles.
Source: NPR
Dec 29, 2020 - The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) published Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, to provide nutrition guidance for Americans of all ages, including recommendations for infants and toddlers for the first time. Emphasizes that dietary guidelines should not be considered as clinical guidelines to treat disease, but that they may lead to better health outcomes.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dec 28, 2020 - Discusses barriers to distributing the COVID-19 vaccines in rural areas, such as the vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipping rules which make it difficult for rural hospitals to serve as distribution hubs. Describes how geographic isolation, hospital closures, and lack of public transportation increases the difficulty of vaccinating rural Americans.
Source: The Conversation

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