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News by Topic: Population health

Sep 16, 2021 - The Census Bureau is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions include modifications to questions relating to vaccinations that expand response options for the number of doses and brand of COVID-19 vaccine received, among other things. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 16, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on a generic information collection regarding the evaluation of the National Hypertension Control Initiative (NHCI), a national initiative to improve blood pressure control among the most at-risk populations, including racial and ethnic minorities. Comments are due by November 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comment on revisions to the data collection instruments utilized within the Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). The program is designed to monitor the health of coal miners and to track trends and patterns in the prevalence of black lung disease. Comments are due by November 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 14, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held two meetings in September 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 13, 2021 - Announces $20 million in funding to entities in Alabama, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington to address disparities in health equity and increase healthcare access in rural areas. Notes that the four recipients serve 300,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in rural and tribal communities.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Sep 13, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting an extension of an information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Evaluation Surveys," which includes the COVID-19 Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (CABS) and the Monthly Outcome Survey (MOS). Information collected will be used to determine whether the campaign is having the intended impact on target audiences' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, and adherence to preventative behaviors. Comments are due by November 12, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 13, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on proposed updates to the Periodicity Schedule of the Bright Futures Recommendations for Pediatric Preventive Health Care (Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule) as part of the HRSA-supported preventive service guidelines for infants, children, and adolescents. The Periodicity Schedule is maintained through a national cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics and HRSA. Comments are due by October 13, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled "National Wastewater Surveillance System for COVID-19." This proposed information collection project aims to collect SARS-CoV-2 wastewater and associated sewershed-level case data from participating jurisdictions in the United States to inform COVID-19 prevention and control efforts. Comments are due by November 8, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled "Data Collection Through Web Based Surveys for Evaluating Act Against AIDS Social Marketing Campaign Phases Targeting Consumers." Information collected will be used to assess the effectiveness of social marketing messages aimed at increasing HIV/AIDS awareness, increasing prevention behaviors, and improving HIV testing rates among consumers. Comments are due by November 8, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 7, 2021 - Reports on temporary school closures in rural California due to increased COVID-19 infection rates. Discusses spread of the Delta variant in some schools, the logistics of preparing students for independent study, and staff shortages.
Source: Times Standard