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Rural Health
News by Topic: Access

Jun 25, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, Wireline Competition Bureau, and Office of Economics and Analytics released a Public Notice announcing a list of over 5 million unserved locations eligible for bidding in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction beginning October 29, 2020. The Public Notice updates a previous list that was followed by a limited challenge process.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 25, 2020 - Public Notice from the Wireline Competition Bureau announced it will no longer accept new applications for funding from the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Applications received to date and the demand for funding exceeds available program funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 24, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 77 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. $29.41 million in funding will help urban and rural healthcare providers provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 24, 2020 - Addresses rural maternal healthcare challenges and the additional burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on new mothers and access to care. Discusses how the pandemic has highlighted the importance of midwives and doulas, describes changes necessary to make midwifery more accessible for people of all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 24, 2020 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll joined Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and local officials to launch the Rural Community Toolbox (RCTB). The RCTB is an online clearinghouse of resources from 16 Federal departments and agencies, created to connect rural leaders with funding, data, and information to combat drug addiction in rural America.
Source: The White House
Jun 24, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of $86 million to expand rural broadband service in eight states. Funding is provided through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program and will benefit 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jun 23, 2020 - The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that their farm stress management online training course is now available to the general public. Developed by Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) and University of Illinois Extension (Illinois Extension), the course will help farming communities identify and cope with stress.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jun 22, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on an information collection for the application for Connect American Fund Phase II and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Support. They are specifically seeking comments on how to reduce the burden of annual reporting requirements for small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. Comments are due by July 22, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 22, 2020 - Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Center for American Progress (CAP) have released an interactive map showing areas considered to be child care deserts, or locations where the demand for child care is greater than the availability of child care. Discusses the impact that COVID-19 has had on child care facilities and potential funding to help with the burden.
Source: The Washington Post
Jun 22, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of $1.6 billion to build and improve rural infrastructure in 21 states. The USDA is providing loans and loan guarantees to rural electric cooperatives and utilities through the Electric Loan Program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture