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Aug 9, 2022 - Describes increases in climate and environmental hazards that affect the health of rural farm workers, including heat stress, exposure to wildfire smoke, and a rise in infections like Valley Fever. Notes that these issues will become more severe as climate zones in the West change due to climate change, and discusses efforts to advocate for farm worker safety.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 2, 2022 - Announces a pilot launch of the Closing America's Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative, a new partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist underserved and rural communities to address wastewater needs through technical assistance and federal funding opportunities. Discusses the need for the initiative and lists the 11 communities that will participate in the pilot.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 2, 2022 - Presents findings that cases of Lyme disease in rural areas have risen sharply between 2007 and 2021, with a 357% increase in rural areas compared to a 65% increase in urban areas. Notes that Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont had the highest proportion of cases in 2021.
Source: The Hill
Jul 13, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 9, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern. ACD advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the CDC on policy and strategies that will enable CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. Agenda items will include discussions on CDC's current and future work in data modernization, laboratory quality, and health equity, as well as an update on climate change and health.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 7, 2022 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals for consideration for membership on its Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). CHPAC provides independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting children's health. Nominations are due by August 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 30, 2022 - Announces $13 million in funding through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to support rural water infrastructure and economic development in rural communities, colonias, and tribal communities. Describes examples of funded projects in California, North Dakota, and Kentucky.
Source: USDA Rural Development
Jun 24, 2022 - Announces up to $18 million in funding to support technical assistance for rural, small, and tribal municipalities to aid with wastewater infrastructure improvements. Offers an overview of the aims of the initiative and the areas to be supported through technical assistance.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jun 24, 2022 - Discusses U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) programs that will participate in the federal Justice40 initiative to address environmental justice issues, climate change, and relief for underserved populations. Offers an overview of 13 programs that will participate in the project, including rural and tribal programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 24, 2022 - Describes U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-led efforts to invest in underserved and rural communities that are overburdened by pollution and climate change. Highlights programs related to food security and production, rural development, and natural resources.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture