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News by Topic: Children and youth

Grant to Fund Assessment of Oral Health in Rural Children
Feb 20, 2018 - The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) received a $50,000 grant to improve pediatric oral health in rural areas of the state. This project, "Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison," will document the scope of school dental screening programs, identify school districts with school-based dental sealant programs, track dental referral patterns and outcomes, and look at the dental workforce and Medicaid claims data.
Source: PENN State News
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Infant Death Rates Are Higher in Rural America - but Not for All Causes
Feb 16, 2018 - Details the results of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the five leading causes of infant death and how these mortality rates vary in rural and urban areas. Although rural infant deaths have been higher for some time, this is the first breakdown by causes, and reveals that for the most recent data, rural rates were only higher for three of these five causes.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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SAMHSA: Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS); Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Feb 1, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) will hold an open meeting on February 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern at SAMHSA's main office in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will include a discussion on assessing SAMHSA's current strategies related to women with behavioral health needs who are either in the criminal justice system or experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the ACWS will be speaking with the Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Abuse regarding priorities and directions for behavioral health services and access for women and children. The meeting may be attended in person or via telephone, and pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
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FNS: Summer Food Service Program 2018 Reimbursement Rates Federal Register
Jan 29, 2018 - Notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announcing the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Includes rates specific to rural areas.
Source: Federal Register
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Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities for Tribal Communities
Jan 3, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced grants for comprehensive funding to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention. These grants are being offered through nine competitive grant programs, or "purpose areas," from which applicants can select any or all to allow the DOJ to consider the totality of a tribal nation's public safety needs.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
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