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News by Topic: Children and youth

Sep 21, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of more than a dozen flexibilities allowing participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 31, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an extension of a series of nationwide waivers to allow the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to continue serving free meals to all children through the end of 2020 while the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 28, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on the National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS), which is used to collect data on tobacco use among students in grades 6-12.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 27, 2020 - Highlights challenges rural homeless youth face while trying to complete their schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes difficulties rural homeless, homeless families, and organizations face when trying to determine who qualifies for shelter and services.
Source: Cronkite News Arizona PBS
Aug 25, 2020 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) on September 23-24, 2020. Agenda items are being finalized but may include updates from HRSA and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, discussion of COVID-19 and infant and maternal health, and updates on priority topic areas for ACIM to address (equity, data, access, and quality of care).
Source: Federal Register
Aug 19, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to vaccines for children as they return to daycare and school. Includes requirements for State-licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children aged 3 to 18 years.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 18, 2020 - Many rural school districts in Wisconsin lack a full-time school nurse, describing how difficult it can be to get available funding or find someone who wants to work in a rural area. Without medically-trained staff, teachers often stretch beyond their intended role to fill the gaps.
Source: WSAW
Jul 30, 2020 - Explores the struggles of remote learning in a rural county in Colorado and addresses disparities present in the community making it difficult to decide how to operate schools in the fall. Explains how in-person classes are the best option to address these disparities and promote learning, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise, the schools work to improve remote learning.
Source: Colorado Sun
Jul 29, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information regarding programs that provide services to help youth age 16-24 advance education and employment outcomes, with a focus on disconnected or opportunity youth (those from lower income families and communities). Information submissions will be compiled in a program compendium to be released at a later date. Submissions are due by September 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 29, 2020 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 19, 2020. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls, priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children, and the current ethnic/racial climate and related economic and health disparities on women, among other things. Registration is required to attend.
Source: Federal Register