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Jun 5, 2020 - Notice of rule from the Federal Communications Commission summarizing the Commission's order regarding methodologies for the use of an adjustment factor and for disaggregation of legacy high-cost support for mobile carriers and to implement those methodologies to transition to support of a 5G Fund auction. This rule is effective June 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2020 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) launched the Farm State of Mind campaign on their website, which aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural and farming communities. Includes information on AFBF's Rural Resilience Training Program, an online training program to help those who interact with farmers and ranchers recognize signs of stress and offer resources.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jun 3, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 53 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. $16.46 million in funding will provide telehealth services to urban and rural healthcare providers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 3, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is teaming up with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to build teleoncology programs that reach veterans in rural communities. The Foundation will provide $4.5 million in grants to the VA to establish a national teleoncology center.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Jun 2, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces the approval on an information collection associated with the rule for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction and adds the effective date of June 2, 2020 to the rule which was originally published in the Federal Register on March 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 2, 2020 - Non-coronavirus patients avoid seeking emergency medical care in fear of the pandemic, so hospitals are bringing care to their patients through telehealth. Explains how rural patients will benefit from telemedicine after the pandemic and why it is necessary to address technological disparities between rural and urban areas. (May require a free account to view full article).
Source: National Geographic
Jun 1, 2020 - Jackman Community Health Center in rural Maine implemented a new model that recruits paramedics to work under remote direction of its doctors so they can continue to offer on-call overnight care during the coronavirus pandemic. Describes how the program could recruit more primary care providers to the area and be replicated in other rural communities.
Source: Bangor Daily News
Jun 1, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau issued a temporary waiver to allow Lifeline carriers to provide services to low-income consumers in rural Tribal areas even if they have not submitted documentation to complete their application. The waiver will allow consumers to access affordable broadband service necessary for telehealth, online learning, telework, and communicating with loved ones during the pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 1, 2020 - Discusses research that shows suicide rates in America have been rising for the past two years and are expected to continue to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts and researchers explain how a lack of access to mental healthcare in rural areas and a combination of economic failure, unemployment, social isolation, and uncertainty could result in additional deaths of despair.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 29, 2020 - Announcement of a funding opportunity for the Capital Magnet Fund, sponsored by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to provide financial assistance grants to CDFIs and other qualified nonprofit organizations that develop and manage affordable housing for low-income families. Applications are due in Grants.gov by June 26, 2020.
Source: Federal Register