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Sep 26, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking applications to become Healthy People 2030 Champions. Selected organizations will be recognized for their work toward achieving Healthy People 2030 goals to advance the health and well-being of people in the United States. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2022 - Announces over $1.6 billion in funding to support addiction and overdose crises through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and HRSA's rural communities opioid response programs. Offers an overview of the grant programs and the scope of the investments.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 22, 2022 - Announces the appointment of the Rural Health Redesign Center to provide technical assistance to hospitals interested in becoming an Rural Emergency Hospital (REH). Describes the new REH designation and the role of the REH Technical Assistance Center in supporting hospitals through the transition process. Notes a webinar scheduled for October 12 at 3:00 p.m. to explain the REH and the Technical Assistance Center.
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Sep 19, 2022 - Profile of a rural doctor in West Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic who experienced a stress-related heart condition that forced her to change her engagement with patients and her community. Describes the dynamics of rural healthcare that contribute to burnout among providers, including vaccine hesitancy and distrust of science, chronic disease, food access, and other health-related disparities in rural West Virginia. (May require a subscription to view the full article.)
Source: New York Times
Sep 13, 2022 - Announces the release of 2021 data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage from the U.S. Census Bureau. Notes no statistically different change in real median household income and the official poverty rate from 2020 to 2021, but notes a 1.4% decrease in the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) rate and a .3% increase in the percentage of people with health insurance coverage from 91.4% to 91.7%. Offers details on other findings from the reports.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Sep 9, 2022 - Announces a $1 billion increase in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding to support rural broadband expansion. Describes the ReConnect Program and recent changes to eligibility guidelines, noting an application deadline of November 2, 2022.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sep 8, 2022 - Request for nominations to a Delphi Panel to advise the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) Health Equity Workgroup (HEWG) as it develops a definition of health equity and identifies data to support FORHP and OAT programs. Describes the work expected of the panel, outlines population groups HEWG wishes to be represented on the panel, and offers background on the HEWG.
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Sep 6, 2022 - Announces a public request for information to gather input on how the Federal government can support equitable data collaborations with communities and organizations in order to identify barriers and facilitate equitable social and economic outcomes. Offers a list of questions related to collaborations between federal agencies, tribal governments, and local communities, as well as policies and programs to expand opportunities for collaboration among underrepresented scholars and research institutions. Responses are due October 3, 2022.
Source: The White House
Aug 29, 2022 - Announces funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of over $20 million to address maternal and infant health disparities by investing in the maternal health workforce, increasing access to rural obstetrics care, and offering support to states addressing inequities in maternal and infant health. Offers examples of funded programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes initiatives focusing on mental health helplines for farmers and rural communities, including the AgriStress Helpline for Farmers and Ranchers through AgriSafe and 988, the new federal crisis number. Highlights the challenges that farmers and ranchers face and the experiences of one Wyoming farmer. May require a subscription to view the full article.
Source: High Country News

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