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News by Topic: Environmental health

Oct 13, 2021 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking information on how the agency can best use its resources to help build the healthcare system's resilience to climate threats, reduce the healthcare industry's contribution to climate change while increasing sustainability, and address environmental justice issues in healthcare. This request for information is for planning purposes only, but the information collected may be reflected in future policies and reports. Comments are due by December 13, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service inviting applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs for fiscal year 2022. Awards will be made based on the amount of funding available through the appropriations process. Projects should focus on assisting rural communities recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly disadvantaged communities; ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD funded projects; and reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the establishment of an Office of Climate Change and Health Equity to address the impact of climate change on the health of the American people and to empower individuals through information, data, and scientific approaches to pursue environmental justice. Among other things, the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity will focus on addressing health disparities exacerbated by climate impacts to enhance community health resilience, promoting and translating research on public health benefits of multi-sectoral climate actions, and providing expertise and coordination to the White House and other Federal agencies related to climate change and health equity deliverables and activities.
Source: Federal Register