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News by Topic: Infrastructure

Nov 14, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 405(d) team announces the creation of a toolkit to help healthcare organizations protect their critical infrastructure from cyber attacks for National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. The toolkit includes communication and educational resources to help rural facilities adopt practices to mitigate threats to cybersecurity and protect patient information.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 14, 2019 - Contains recommendations from the Mississippi Department of Health on strategies and practices to address social determinants of health and inequities in rural communities. Describes how the Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change (PSE) framework focuses on getting to the root cause of a problem, and outlines the importance of leveraging partnerships within your community to address disparities.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Nov 7, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a rule to promote the deployment of advanced, hardened networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in an effort to continue to restore broadband service to areas impacted by hurricanes in 2017, as well as develop systems that are better able to withstand the effects of future natural disasters. Most sections of this rule are effective on December 9, 2019, with effective dates for specific sections to be announced at a later date.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 24, 2019 - Describes how a widespread loss of power in California deprived rural patients of critical care and left medical clinics to decide what services they could provide. Examines the vulnerability of the healthcare system, as the majority of clinics did not have a backup power source and heavily rely on electricity to operate.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Oct 24, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announce a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote rural energy and leverage technology that will advance rural and agricultural communities. The departments assembled interagency working groups tasked with increasing rural economic development through five major areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Oct 17, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded $15 million to eight tribes and tribal organizations to fund construction and modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities. The Small Ambulatory Program aids tribes in expanding access to outpatient services in their communities.
Source: Indian Health Service
Oct 16, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces its investment of $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in rural areas of 31 states. Funding is provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage, and waste disposal systems in small rural communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Oct 15, 2019 - Describes the barriers faced by rural communities in hiring operators of water and wastewater facilities, including smaller talent pools, lack of knowledge of the careers, and pay disparities between small and larger systems. Includes information on the Rural Homecoming campaign held October 18-20, which celebrates the strengths and opportunities in rural communities.
Oct 11, 2019 - The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) awarded over $11.2 million to 40 grant projects focused on preserving Native culture and strengthening tribal communities. Some projects include building Mental Health Offices in rural villages on reservations and implementing strategies aimed at increasing professional retention.
Source: Administration for Children and Families
Oct 9, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of an investment of $251 million in 13 states to update rural electric systems. Through the Electric Loan Program, 12 projects aim to improve electric reliability and access to critical infrastructure systems in rural areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture