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Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $22.8 Million To Diversify and Strengthen Region’s Coal-Impacted Communities
Feb 21, 2019 - Press release from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announcing $22.8 million in 33 awards to expand and diversify the economy of Appalachia's coal-impacted communities. These awards are distributed through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. Significant portions of this funding are directed at broadband expansion and employment opportunities for people in recovery from substance abuse. ARC is currently accepting Requests for Proposals for POWER 2019 funding through April 10, 2019.
Source: Appalachian Regional Commission
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Feb 21, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests comments on information collections regarding three areas for the Rural Utilities Services: 1) authorized loan signatures, 2) extension of principal and interest payments, and 3) approvals to sell capital assets. Comments are due March 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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New York Launches Telehealth Initiative to Improve Perinatal Care
Feb 20, 2019 - Details a new telehealth initiative in New York state designed to improve access to perinatal care, particularly in rural areas. Part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2019 Women's Justice Agenda, the initiative calls for the creation of a Perinatal Telehealth Workgroup, up to $5 million in funding to regional perinatal centers and other providers to expand telehealth programs in rural areas, and the development of a telemedicine program based on the Project ECHO model. It also encourages rural hospitals participating in the Rural Health Care Access Development Program to launch or expand perinatal telehealth services.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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USDA Prioritizes Investments in Telemedicine to Address Opioid Crisis in Rural America
Feb 14, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that projects that funding priority for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program will be given to applications that address opioid misuse in rural communities. Projects that provide opioid treatment services in 220 at-risk counties, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will receive up to 30 special consideration points. Up to ten points will be awarded to opioid-related projects that provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education as their primary purpose.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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USDA: Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) Federal Register
Feb 13, 2019 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) corrects the wording defining rural for a June 24, 2010 final ruling establishing Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) regulations. The change is effective February 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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RHS: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection Federal Register
Feb 12, 2019 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) requests comments on extending information collection for the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Program, which helps repair or rehabilitate housing, co-ops, and rental properties for low-income people in rural areas. Comments are due April 15, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA Seeks Applications for the Community Connect Grant Program
Feb 12, 2019 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced that it is accepting applications for the Community Connect Grant Program, which helps rural communities expand access into areas where broadband is unlikely to be commercially available. Applications accepted through April 15, 2019.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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Alaska Public Media Grant Will Enhance Coverage of Rural Health
Feb 8, 2019 - Details a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Alaska Public Media to allow them to expand reporting on healthcare issues in rural areas of the state. The grant will help the organization cover more distant communities and to cover a wide range of ongoing and emerging health concerns, including the impact of climate change.
Source: Current
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HUD Awards Over $2 Billion to Help End Homelessness
Feb 8, 2019 - Announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of funding awarded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) grant program to support programs that address homelessness. Includes a list of state and local agencies that received funds, including those that applied for funds to assist domestic violence survivors.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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New HRSA Loan Repayment Program to Support Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Underserved Communities
Feb 8, 2019 - Blog post from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator George Sigounas on agency efforts to address the opioid epidemic in underserved communities. Discusses HRSA's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (deadline February 21, 2019), as well as collaborations that help integrate behavioral and mental health into primary care, and rural-specific funding efforts related to fighting substance use disorder.
Source: Health Affairs
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