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News by Topic: Community and faith-based initiatives

Feb 3, 2023 - Announces the unveiling of the Rural Data Gateway, a new resource to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s data for rural projects easier to access. The Rural Data Gateway will help USDA better target resources to the people who need them most in rural places and will help the Department be a stronger partner to rural people, entrepreneurs, government officials and other stakeholders.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 2, 2023 - Announces new actions that will build on the work done in the first year of the reignited Cancer Moonshot, drawing us closer to ending cancer as we know it today. Priority areas include closing the screening gap, understanding and addressing environmental exposure, decreasing the impact of preventable cancers, bringing cutting-edge research through the pipeline to patients and communities, and supporting patients and caregivers.
Source: The White House
Jan 13, 2023 - Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, Agency for International Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Health and Human Services proposing to amend their regulations to clarify protections for beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries receiving federally funded social services and the rights and obligations of organizations providing such services. This clarification should promote maximum participation by beneficiaries and providers in the Agencies' covered programs and activities and ensure consistency in the implementation of those programs and activities. Comments are due by March 14, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 12, 2023 - The Community Education Group in West Virginia will use two $50,000 grants to help community-based organizations provide mPox education to LGBTQ residents in rural parts of the 13 Appalachian states. The group will create educational materials and host meetings to reduce barriers to care for those in the LGBTQ community who are most at risk.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 11, 2023 - Interview with Adam Gaus, executive director of Utah's Friends Against Family Violence, a nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence. Describes unique challenges in dealing with abuse in rural areas.
Source: KUER
Jan 4, 2023 - Describes efforts of the nonprofit group Alaska Community Action on Toxins to address the accumulation of toxic chemicals in places such as Sivuqaq, a tribal community in which elements of the traditional diet of marine animals, vegetables, and birds have become contaminated by military waste and other toxicants.
Source: Environmental Factor
Jan 3, 2023 - Announces that 6 teams of Florida State University researchers and community partners participated in Collaborative Collision for the chance to win funding for projects exploring solutions to challenges facing rural communities. Team projects included identifying resources and barriers that exist for neurodiverse people, strengthening disaster resilience, improving health outcomes in a Florida school, and exploring opportunities for intervention for women experiencing postpartum depression.
Source: Florida State University News
Dec 23, 2022 - Details a program expanding telehealth services to ten rural libraries in Maine. Highlights the pilot program at the Cary Memorial Library in Houlton, ME. Discusses the role libraries can play in expanding access to rural communities via telehealth.
Source: The Piscataquis Observer
Dec 20, 2022 - Senator Jon Ossoff has announced that the bipartisan Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act has been signed into law. This law will identify gaps in prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural areas, and establish new efforts to address the opioid crisis in communities.
Source: Office of Senator Jon Ossoff
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces a new research network established by the National Institutes of Health, that will test harm reduction strategies in different community settings. This research network will examine the efficacy of moving harm reduction services and tools into communities via mobile vans, peer support specialists, internet- and smartphone-based tools, and other types of outreach.
Source: National Institutes of Health