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News by Topic: Children and youth

Feb 20, 2024 - Discusses the opening of an additional distribution site for a Pennsylvania organization offering weekend meals to students. The new site will allow for easier access to rural students, described as a barrier for the main distribution center previously.
Source: The Tribune-Democrat
Feb 20, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the adjusted income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. In 2024, states and Indian Tribal Organizations that administer the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Program will also begin to use these guidelines. These guidelines are applicable from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the adjusted income eligibility guidelines for States to use to determine the income eligibility of applicants to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These guidelines are applicable July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2024 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) making minor corrections to two footnotes in the October 24, 2023 notice and the January 5, 2024 notice, which addressed updates to the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 9, 2024 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection project titled "Formative Research and Tool Development." This information collection request is designed to allow CDC's National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) to conduct formative research information collection activities used to inform many aspects of surveillance, communications, health promotion, and research project development for NCHHSTP's four priority diseases: HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STD/STI), viral hepatitis, tuberculosis elimination (TB), and school and adolescent health (DASH). Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2024 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection request titled "Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program National Impact Study, OMB No. 0915–xxxx—[New]." The information collection will be used to examine Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program impacts on children/adolescents and their families/caregivers, including changes in children's and adolescents' and their families'/caregivers' access to behavioral health care; their subsequent receipt and utilization of behavioral health care, including culturally and linguistically appropriate care; related behavioral health impacts; and monetary and societal cost-benefits. Comments are due by April 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2024 - Profiles a homeless teen in rural Texas and discusses lack of access to homeless shelters and other support services rural homeless youth may need. Notes that data gathering challenges means rural homeless teens are likely undercounted. Describes the impact of her homelessness on her physical and mental health.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Jan 31, 2024 - Interview with a pediatrician in Montana discussing respiratory viruses in children, rural healthcare access for children, and childhood obesity.
Source: Flathead Beacon
Jan 29, 2024 - A rural New York county is hiring its own child development specialists in an effort to decrease long waiting periods for care due to workforce shortages. Notes the benefits of early intervention for both the child and other public health services. Discusses COVID impacts and challenges to accessing care for local families.
Source: The Ithaca Voice
Jan 19, 2024 - Announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service of the annual adjustments to reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The rates are effective January 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register