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News by Topic: Health disparities

Jun 11, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on June 25, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations addressing the inequities and the impact of long-COVID or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), and access to personal protection equipment, testing, and therapeutics that are related to this pandemic. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 9, 2021 - Summarizes research that found that the difference in rural and urban death rates tripled over the past 20 years. Discusses how limited access to care, behaviors that contribute to poor health, and the economic outlook in rural areas contribute to the mortality gap. Highlights the need to address health disparities between rural and urban residents and among different races.
Source: Health Day
Jun 3, 2021 - Explores the history of Delta Health Center, the country's first rural community health center, located in the Mississippi Delta. The health center began operations during the civil rights movement to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to all residents, of all races. Describes the impact of COVID-19 and highlights how Delta Health continues to improve health outcomes among rural Black residents.
Source: NPR
May 27, 2021 - Shares a new report from AARP and Drexel University describing how geographic, racial and ethnic, and economic factors are limiting access to healthcare services for many rural Pennsylvania residents, especially among underrepresented Black and Latino communities. Describes other challenges impacting healthcare access and health disparities during the COVID pandemic such as broadband access and healthcare workforce shortages.
Source: WBRE-TV
May 26, 2021 - Describes how hospital closures impact access to healthcare services in rural Georgia and create new or add to existing barriers to care and health disparities, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Shares the story of a young woman who has lost three family members to COVID and their experiences seeking care.
Source: Stat News
May 20, 2021 - Summarizes a study that found that Black rural residents were two to three times more likely to die due to diabetes and high blood pressure than White rural residents. Describes that the gap between the rate of deaths for these conditions among Black and White people improved about three times faster in urban areas than it did in rural areas.
Source: American Heart Association
Apr 26, 2021 - Summarizes a study that found closures of obstetric units at rural hospitals put Black and indigenous mothers at a greater risk of mortality. Discusses disparities in maternal mortality rates by race and highlights federal and state efforts to improve maternal health outcomes in the U.S.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 20, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $12.7 million in funding to 61 recipients serving rural communities across 35 states as part of its community-based Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program). Funding will support the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI) to address rural health disparities related to heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr 19, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on April 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to mental and behavioral health across the life course. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) is accepting applications for grants to state and territorial health departments to support the reduction of health disparities related to COVID-19. The funding will also support increased testing and contact tracing among high risk populations and to increase health department capacity to prevent and control COVID-19 infection. Applications are due May 3, 2021.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention