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News by Topic: Population health

Jun 16, 2021 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced an investment of $1.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan toward combatting COVID-19 in Indian Country. Funding will support public health workforce activities, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, COVID-19 mitigation, and COVID-19 related facilities activities.
Source: Indian Health Service
Jun 14, 2021 - Members of the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force in rural West Virginia explain that a 2016 flood helped them to prepare for the pandemic. Highlights some of their efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in their communities, including a drive-through vaccination clinic at the state fairgrounds. Describes how they have worked to address vaccine hesitancy and consider their residents' needs.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 14, 2021 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) calls for submissions of best practices related to rural community health by June 18, 2021. Submissions to NRHA's compendium will be shared with key rural stakeholders across the U.S.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Jun 11, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $424.7 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan to 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and an additional $35.3 million will be issued later this summer to RHCs that meet eligibility requirements. Funds will expand access to testing for rural residents and help to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in their communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 11, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on June 25, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations addressing the inequities and the impact of long-COVID or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), and access to personal protection equipment, testing, and therapeutics that are related to this pandemic. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 10, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19. Describes how healthcare workers face the highest coronavirus hazards and provides an overview of the requirements under the ETS. Includes information on updated guidance for employers and workers in other industries.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Jun 9, 2021 - Summarizes research that found that the difference in rural and urban death rates tripled over the past 20 years. Discusses how limited access to care, behaviors that contribute to poor health, and the economic outlook in rural areas contribute to the mortality gap. Highlights the need to address health disparities between rural and urban residents and among different races.
Source: Health Day
Jun 7, 2021 - Summarizes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that found mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people. Additional findings indicated that those who became infected after being fully or partially vaccinated were more likely to have a milder and shorter illness.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jun 6, 2021 - Rural Randolph County in Georgia has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and has a vaccination rate well below the state average. Highlights volunteers from the Neighbor 2 Neighbor community program who are canvassing to increase education, access, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in their rural community.
Source: CNN
Jun 4, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC) on July 16, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update on the process and progress of the draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids and a discussion on the report from the BSC Opioid workgroup. Participants are required to register for the meeting.
Source: Federal Register