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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Feb 29, 2024 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC) will hold a hybrid public meeting on April 9-10, 2024. Agenda items include discussions related to syndemic approach to testing, using prescription data to support the HIV care continuum, HIV and aging, advancing diagnosis of hepatitis C virus infection, updates from the Community Partnerships and Workforce workgroups, and more. Written comments are due by April 19, 2024, and requests to make oral comments should be submitted by March 26, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 26, 2024 - Summarizes recent research that estimated fungal keratitis in commercially insured patients. Found that the eye infection may be twice as high for rural residents when compared to urban residents in addition to other disparities.
Source: Physician's Weekly
Feb 16, 2024 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection project titled "Medical Monitoring Project (MMP)." Information gathered will guide national and local HIV-related service organization and delivery and monitor the receipt of HIV treatment and prevention services and clinical outcomes. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - Highlights Project ECHO Nevada, a telementoring program for rural healthcare providers. Discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on participation. Highlights the improved quality of care offered as a result of participation in the program. Discusses future plans for the program.
Source: Nevada Today
Feb 10, 2024 - New kiosks offering free COVID-19 and flu tests as well as other healthcare supplies are being placed in public places around the state of Washington. The kiosks are an effort to improve public health, particularly for underserved populations including for local Native American tribes.
Source: KOMO News
Feb 9, 2024 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on a proposed information collection project titled "Formative Research and Tool Development." This information collection request is designed to allow CDC's National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) to conduct formative research information collection activities used to inform many aspects of surveillance, communications, health promotion, and research project development for NCHHSTP's four priority diseases: HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STD/STI), viral hepatitis, tuberculosis elimination (TB), and school and adolescent health (DASH). Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2024 - The Food and Drug Administration has revoked Emergency Use Authorizations issued to Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Drexel University College of Medicine related to COVID-19 detection and diagnosis tests.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 31, 2024 - Interview with a pediatrician in Montana discussing respiratory viruses in children, rural healthcare access for children, and childhood obesity.
Source: Flathead Beacon
Jan 29, 2024 - A rural New York county is hiring its own child development specialists in an effort to decrease long waiting periods for care due to workforce shortages. Notes the benefits of early intervention for both the child and other public health services. Discusses COVID impacts and challenges to accessing care for local families.
Source: The Ithaca Voice
Jan 22, 2024 - Highlights current and projected healthcare workforce shortages in Michigan, noting rural areas in particular are impacted. Discusses reasons for shortages including an aging workforce, an aging population, the impact of COVID-19, reimbursement rates, and more. Discusses policy attempts to reduce shortages such as loan repayment programs, career pipelines, restructuring license requirements, and more.
Source: Flint Side