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News by Topic: Population health

May 29, 2020 - Announcement of a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment to be held via webinar on July 21, 2020. The agenda includes updates on recent HRSA and CDC activities involving HIV, STD, and viral hepatitis prevention and treatment and related COVID-19 response activities, as well as discussions on issues related to youth and the President's Initiative on Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America strategy. Written public comments must be submitted by July 14, 2020 for consideration during the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Manufacturer Submission of Average Sales Price (ASP) Data for Medicare Part B Drugs and Biologicals; 2) Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) Application and Instructions; 3) Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Demonstration; and 4) Withholding Medicare Payments to Recover Medicaid Overpayments and Supporting Regulations. Comments are due by July 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 28, 2020 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement released the 2020 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices as part of their National Rural Oral Health Initiative. The initiative highlights best practices, models, research, and policies that can be built upon to improve dental healthcare in rural communities.
Source: National Rural Health Association
May 26, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting application for a cooperative agreement for the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Program. Through this program, IHS seeks to provide outreach and education to American Indian and Alaska Native populations with a focus on improving Indian healthcare, promoting awareness, visibility, advocacy, training, technical assistance, and education efforts. Applications are due by June 29, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 20, 2020 - Addresses the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on America's farmers as they face additional stress and financial instability. Mental health advocates worry about the effects the pandemic will have on farmers and their families, including the potential for increased suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Source: Side Effects Public Media
May 20, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $225 million to over 4,500 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing. The funding is provided through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act and may be used to expand testing capacity, procure supplies for testing, train staff, report data, and build facilities to support COVID-19 response efforts.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 19, 2020 - Features Social Distance Powwow, a Facebook group that hosts virtual powwows for Native Americans to continue to celebrate their culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the disparities Native Americans face and the impact the pandemic has had on their communities, the virtual powwows act as a safe space to collectively share stories of struggles and triumphs.
Source: Cronkite News
May 19, 2020 - Discusses how the coronavirus pandemic affects mental health and describes that it is normal to feel stress under these circumstances. Recommends ways to build resilience and buffer negative stress responses, such as establishing a routine, practicing gratitude, staying socially connected, and utilizing available support services.
Source: Anchorage Daily News
May 18, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new guidance for state and local officials, detailing steps nursing homes and communities should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when reopening. Guidance encourages state leaders to collaborate with the state survey agency and local health departments and make decisions after reviewing several factors.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 15, 2020 - Examines how COVID-19 is spreading through U.S. communities. Identifies the largest increase in number of cases in Hispanic Centers, Native American Lands, and Rural Middle America. Explains that each of these communities has their own driving factors and the increase could be contributed to prevalence of meat-packing plants, a lack of health insurance, and higher rates of chronic disease.
Source: American Communities Project