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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Mar 23, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of $266 million to build and improve rural community facilities in 16 states and Puerto Rico. The funding includes $156 million to support healthcare-related improvements and emergency response services that will serve rural areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 22, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on June 9-10, 2021. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life while saving money. Agenda items include deliberation on systematic reviews of the literature on HIV prevention; heart disease and stroke prevention; and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 22, 2021 - Highlights differences between rural and urban school districts opening for in-person learning in California. Includes information on how rural schools and students are preparing and precautions they are taking related to COVID-19 as they return to in-person learning.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Mar 22, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Small Business Administration incorporating changes made by the American Rescue Plan Act. This interim final rule applies to Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans approved, and loan forgiveness applications submitted, on or after March 11, 2021. Comments are within by April 21, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 18, 2021 - Highlights the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), designed to ship doses of the vaccines directly to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). The program aims to increase vaccinations in rural areas and among homeless persons, public housing residents, and migrant workers.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 17, 2021 - Features the Battle Creek VA Medical Center and their efforts to vaccinate veterans across Michigan, including those in rural areas. Highlights their mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic that can accommodate up to three veterans at a time for various outpatient services.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Mar 17, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its investment of $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to increase COVID-19 testing nationwide as vaccinations increase. Funding includes $2.25 billion to address COVID-19-related health disparities among high-risk and underserved populations, including people living in rural areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mar 16, 2021 - Notice of an amendment from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow additional categories of healthcare professionals and students in a healthcare profession training program to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. This amendment is effective March 11, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 16, 2021 - Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders represent more than 40 percent of COVID-19 cases in the islands, but just under nine percent have been vaccinated against the disease. Discusses barriers to vaccination among this population, including vaccine hesitancy, demographics and vaccine qualifications, and cultural and language barriers.
Source: Star Advertiser
Mar 16, 2021 - Brief overview of what is included in the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill signed into law on March 11, 2021. The main public health provisions include funding for COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts, the public health workforce, community health centers, and the Indian Health Service.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation