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USDA: Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) Federal Register
Feb 13, 2019 - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) corrects the wording defining rural for a June 24, 2010 final ruling establishing Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) regulations. The change is effective February 13, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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Growing Opioid Crisis Adds to Puerto Rico's Problems
Jan 7, 2019 - Discusses the growing problem of opioid use, overdoses, and overdose-related deaths in Puerto Rico. As a result of Hurricane Maria, traditional methods of transportation were interrupted, leading to the use of fentanyl stolen from medical facilities on the island. Fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths were rapidly increasing even before the hurricane, and because of the hurricane, agencies that would typically keep track of this data or act to help are unable to keep up.
Source: ABC News
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2020 Census Needs Funder Support to Ensure Rural Inclusion
Jan 3, 2019 - Discusses the importance of an accurate count in the upcoming census, especially in rural areas where it can be more difficult to arrive at an accurate count. Census numbers are used to determine federal funding distribution as well as things like hospital sites and where investments in infrastructure are made. Highlights one foundation in Minnesota that has been heavily invested in ensuring an accurate census count in their area and includes tips for how other foundations can do the same.
Source: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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