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News by Topic: Health disparities

Aug 16, 2022 - 4-part news series highlighting maternal health disparities impacting rural communities of color. Articles cover maternal health deserts encompassing rural Black communities, access and equity issues for Native American women, and historic inequities and mistreatment of women of color in maternal healthcare.
Source: USA Today via Yahoo! News
Aug 15, 2022 - Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) amending regulations for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Minor changes to NIDILRR's peer review criteria will allow NIDILRR to better evaluate the extent to which grant applicants conduct outreach to people with disabilities and people from other groups that traditionally have been underserved and underrepresented. These regulations are effective September 14, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 15, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM) on September 13-15, 2022. Agenda items are being finalized but may include federal program updates, infant and maternal mortality among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women and infants, and indigenous health.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 10, 2022 - Announces the creation of 11 Regional Health Advisory Councils by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to address health disparities in rural and underserved communities. Describes the development of the councils and their locations, noting goals to reduce COVID-19 disparities in minority populations, develop and implement health equity policies and practices, and foster community driven decision making.
Source: State of Michigan
Jul 28, 2022 - Describes efforts to address rural disparities in breast and prostate cancer in South Carolina, noting that rural residents are less likely to have access to screening and have to travel long distances to receive primary care. Highlights research examining cancer diagnosis and death rates in the state.
Source: WSPA
Jul 26, 2022 - Describes the Maternity Care Action Plan launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum health inequities. Offers an invitation for maternal health industry stakeholders to propose commitments, and outlines the new "Birthing-Friendly" hospital designation proposed by CMS.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jul 26, 2022 - Announces $8.5 million in funding to address rural maternal health and mortality disparities and maternal health disparities for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women by increasing access to postpartum care. Outlines 3 new funding opportunities aiming to support maternal health interventions and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment during pregnancy and postpartum periods.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 26, 2022 - Announces the American Heart Association's Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator as part of a 3-year initiative to address rural health disparities through quality assistance programs, research networking, and recognition of care excellence in rural hospitals.
Source: American Heart Association
Jul 19, 2022 - Examines the growth in telehealth services in North Carolina since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses increased access for people in rural and underserved areas, expanded insurance reimbursement, and inequalities that existed in person and have persisted online.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Jul 19, 2022 - Discusses health challenges and disparities for people in the Appalachian region. Highlights the efforts of regional organizations to address disparities through cancer care, partnerships with rural providers, and working with pharmacists to support patient education and counseling.
Source: Pharmacy Times