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News by Topic: Population health

Jun 28, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services is inviting applications from organizations that support Healthy People 2030 (HP2030) to become a Healthy People 2030 Champion (HP2030 Champion). HP2030 Champions can be public and private organizations such as those at the state, local, county, and tribal levels, non-governmental organizations; non-profit organizations; businesses; academic organizations; organizations that impact health outcomes; philanthropic organizations; and tribal organizations that identify themselves as being aligned with or promoting HP2030, HP2030's vision, and HP2030's overarching goals. Letters of interest will be accepted starting on July 5, 2021, and will be reviewed periodically.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2021 - Summarizes a webinar where rural health leaders discussed how rural health systems are utilizing community partnerships, technology and other innovations to meet the needs of their patients. Addresses challenges that rural health systems are facing and describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a recording of the webinar.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Jun 23, 2021 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 12, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include an update on CSAT activities; a discussion with SAMHSA leadership; and a discussion of recovery and recovery support. Registration for the meeting is required.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 23, 2021 - Summarizes a study that found the use of telehealth in HIV treatments for patients in rural Georgia had comparable results to in-person care. Describes challenges to accessing care and disparities in health outcomes for rural HIV patients and discusses how telemedicine may improve access to care for those with chronic diseases.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Jun 22, 2021 - Highlights a partnership between the Athens City-County Public Health, Ohio University, and the Athens City School District that helped provide COVID-19 vaccines to local residents. Discusses how vaccine demand has waned over time and describes efforts to educate and motivate residents to get vaccinated.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 21, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. During the emergency standard, covered healthcare employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. This interim final rule is effective June 21, 2021. Comments are due by July 21, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 17, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a Report and Order with guidance on the administration of its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program. The FCC also approved 36 additional pilot projects, totaling $31 million in funding. Includes the list of awarded projects that aim to address critical health issues.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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