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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

Apr 23, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is providing an additional $37 million to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to increase food assistance to low-income seniors. Funding provided by the American Rescue Plan will go to states and tribal nations to help fight food insecurity among seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 22, 2021 - Discusses the Biden Administrations' COVID-19 Community Corps, which is made up of hundreds of local and national groups to encourage communities to get COVID-19 vaccines. Describes the need for trusted voices to reach rural communities and address vaccine-related concerns. Highlights rural efforts across the country to increase vaccine distribution.
Source: NPR
Apr 22, 2021 - Discusses how telehealth utilization has increased in both rural and urban areas during the COVID-19 pandemic due to waivers put in place by the federal government. Addresses barriers to care in rural communities including lack of broadband access and provider shortages. Highlights federal COVID relief efforts and other initiatives to support rural healthcare.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 22, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority partnered to announce the availability of over $29 million for the third round of grants from the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Initiative. Funding aims to promote economic prosperity and employment opportunities and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Appalachian and the Lower Mississippi Delta regions.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Apr 21, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between April 11-17, 2021, finding the number of infections in rural America grew modestly while COVID-related deaths dropped in half. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates and describes the geographic distribution of rural COVID-19 hotspots across the country.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 21, 2021 - Discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with eating disorders. Experts in West Virginia describe factors that can lead to the development of eating disorders, including limited access to affordable food – an issue persistent in rural America.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Apr 20, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual meeting on April 23, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine safety. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 20, 2021 - Describes the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and federal funds that support healthcare providers, including those in rural areas. Includes a chart detailing the allocation of Provider Relief Funds as of April 14, 2021 and information on other programs that offer financial assistance to providers.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Apr 20, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued flexibilities to allow school meal programs and childcare institutions to safely reopen and provide free healthy meals to children as the pandemic continues. Meal service flexibilities that enable social distancing are extended through June 30, 2022.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 19, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of nearly $150 million to 100 Health Center Program Look-Alikes (LALs) to aid in the mitigation of COVID-19, strengthen vaccination efforts, and enhance healthcare services and infrastructure. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan to support LALs that serve underserved populations. Applications are due May 14, 2021.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services