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News by Topic: Health disparities

Sep 13, 2021 - Announces $20 million in funding to entities in Alabama, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington to address disparities in health equity and increase healthcare access in rural areas. Notes that the four recipients serve 300,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in rural and tribal communities.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Sep 7, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on September 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to present and vote on the final recommendations for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
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
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on declining life expectancy in rural areas that also saw losses of manufacturing jobs, focusing on a rural North Carolina community. Discusses trends in deaths of despair, the connection between health and education level, and limited access to healthy foods.
Source: WFAE 90.7
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports the findings of a study of COVID-19 disparities, noting that in Indiana, rural and Black communities were most impacted. Discusses factors contributing to higher rates of mortality in rural communities, including rural health disparities, older populations, and vaccine hesitancy.
Source: CBS 4
Aug 24, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold 48 site-specific virtual listening sessions for veterans in August-September 2021 to gather feedback on veterans' experiences and perceptions related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) at VA healthcare facilities; ways veterans feel they can be included; barriers to effective healthcare for diverse veteran populations; and unmet needs of diverse veteran populations. Registration information is available on the VA Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI) website.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 18, 2021 - Summarizes a study of diabetes-related amputations between 2009 and 2017 that found that major and minor amputations increased during that period for rural residents and that minor amputations increased for Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Discusses health disparities and lack of access to specialized diabetes care in rural areas.
Source: U.S. News & World Report