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Top news stories from the past 60 days. For more, see news by topic or news by state.

Jul 29, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between July 18-24, 2021. Finds the number of new infections increased significantly for the fourth consecutive week, while the death rate remained unchanged. Includes an interactive map highlighting "red-zone" counties and reports that the Deep South is experiencing the fastest growth in new infections.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 28, 2021 - COVID-19 cases in the U.S. increased after months of decline due to the spread of the delta variant, with the highest case increases in the South and Southwest. Describes how states with the biggest outbreaks in the nation have COVID-19 vaccination rates below the U.S. average. Includes maps of states' percent change in COVID cases in the last four weeks and percent of population unvaccinated.
Source: NBC News
Jul 28, 2021 - Highlights a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that places OB-GYN medical school residents at rural hospitals to encourage them to practice in those underserved communities. Describes how the program will help to address the shortage of obstetrics providers in rural areas. UW-Madison hopes to help other universities implement similar programs.
Source: Post Crescent
Jul 26, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced investments to strengthen and expand community-based primary care medical and dental residency programs in rural and underserved communities. Funding from the American Rescue Plan will support and expand Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) programs, includes details on current funding available.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Jul 26, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates on a proposed information collection titled "COVID-10 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities." The information obtained will be used to determine program compliance and evaluation, as well as to report on how funds were used during the spending period. Comments are due by September 24, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 26, 2021 - Analyzes rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of July 22, 2021. Finds that the rural vaccination rate increased 0.3 percentage points from the previous week. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates, a graph detailing the weekly nonmetropolitan/metropolitan percent of population completely vaccinated since April 2021, and a table of vaccination rates for all 50 U.S. states.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 23, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released 29 Tribal Behavioral Health Grants totaling $7 million to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Each grantee receives up to $250,000 during a five-year period to support the development and implementation of integrated services to prevent suicide and reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders and trauma.
Source: Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration
Jul 22, 2021 - Funding from the American Rescue Plan will be utilized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support COVID-19 testing and mitigation measures in vulnerable communities across the country. The funds totaling $1.6 billion will be provided to mental health and substance use providers, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, prisons, and domestic violence shelters.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 22, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $100 million to 1,980 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to support COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts in medically underserved rural communities. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan and distributed through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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