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News by Topic: Infectious diseases

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
Apr 19, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on April 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations specific to mental and behavioral health across the life course. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 19, 2021 - Features a couple experiencing homelessness in rural North Carolina, a state ranked fifth in the U.S. in its eviction rate. Describes how lack of housing can lead to a variety of mental and physical health issues and discusses how rural and remote communities often lack resources to meet the needs of unhoused and low-income individuals.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Apr 19, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) will hold a virtual public meeting on May 5, 2021, from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a discussion on assessing current SAMHSA strategies to address the mental health and substance use needs of women and girls and priorities regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the behavioral health needs of women and children. Registration is required to attend.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 19, 2021 - Discusses challenges that both urban and rural residents face getting to COVID-19 vaccination appointments, such as lack of public transportation or local vaccine availability. Highlights efforts in Colorado, Ohio, and Texas to help accommodate those who need transportation for their appointments.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Apr 16, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on a proposed information collection project titled SimpleReport Mobile Application. SimpleReport is a free web-based application that provides an easy way to manage the COVID-19 testing workflow, record results for rapid point-of-care COVID tests, and report the results to the appropriate public health department on behalf of the testing site. Comments are due by June 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 15, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau announced they will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program between April 29-May 6, 2021. Round two includes almost $250 million to support the utilization of telehealth services during the pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Apr 15, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) is accepting applications for grants to state and territorial health departments to support the reduction of health disparities related to COVID-19. The funding will also support increased testing and contact tracing among high risk populations and to increase health department capacity to prevent and control COVID-19 infection. Applications are due May 3, 2021.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Apr 15, 2021 - Provides an overview of research that found rural ethnic minority groups have higher rates of COVID-19 deaths than their white and urban counterparts. Includes recommendations to address these disparities, including the allocation of additional resources to disproportionately affected rural minority communities.
Source: Oregon State University