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News by Topic: Population health

Jul 10, 2020 - Highlights measures the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken to address the opioid epidemic, focusing on preventing opioid misuse, expanding access to treatment, and using data to better target their efforts. Describes efforts to increase access to these services in rural areas that have been among the hardest hit by the opioid crisis.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jul 9, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $21 million to support health centers' COVID-19 response efforts. $17 million of the funding will support 78 Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) in expanding testing capacity in their communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff; outreach; and laboratory services.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 8, 2020 - Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges to seasonal and migrant farmworkers, identifies the internet as a necessity so workers and their families have access to telemedicine and online education. Highlights efforts to get hotspots and wifi installed in orchards along the Columbia River Gorge.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 6, 2020 - Explores how Alabama revitalized its perinatal regionalization program and decreased the state's infant mortality rate in 2017 and 2018. Discusses how they are continuing to address racial disparities; includes lessons learned to help other states interested in implementing similar programs.
Source: Milbank Memorial Fund
Jul 2, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on an information collection project related to research to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies in tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse. Comments are due by August 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $15 million to Tribes across the Nation as part of HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat program. The program provides funding to help Tribes respond to COVID-19, including supporting projects to improve and provide housing.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jul 2, 2020 - The U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a public service announcement reminding Americans to do their part to stay healthy and follow instructions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Video asks that people follow state and local guidelines, wash hands frequently, stay six feet away from others, and wear a face covering.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 1, 2020 - The director of the Small Town Center at Mississippi State University highlights small cities in Mississippi that are adapting during the coronavirus pandemic to keep their communities active and vibrant. Small towns have begun investing in sidewalks, bike paths, and parks to promote an active lifestyle; buying directly from local farmers; and promoting in-state tourism as a means to support local economies.
Source: The Conversation
Jun 30, 2020 - The Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and a network of agencies joined together to distribute cloth facemasks to water and wastewater operators across Arizona, California, and Nevada. RCAC Tribal circuit riders personally delivered more than 5,500 masks to Tribal and rural communities in California, and a few thousand more in Nevada and Arizona.
Source: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Jun 29, 2020 - The U.S. Census Bureau created the Community Resilience Estimates (CRE), a tool to measure the degree of a community's resilience in the face of disasters and other emergencies. Some factors associated with high-risk communities include low income, especially in rural communities; greater proportion of single mothers; majority Black and Hispanic population; and greater proportion of residents ages 65 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau