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News by Topic: Population health

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
Jun 4, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held two meetings in May 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
Jun 4, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection request regarding efforts to support the development and execution of the COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, including the COVID-19 Current Events Tracker, focus groups, and copy testing surveys. Comments are due by July 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2021 - Explores the history of Delta Health Center, the country's first rural community health center, located in the Mississippi Delta. The health center began operations during the civil rights movement to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to all residents, of all races. Describes the impact of COVID-19 and highlights how Delta Health continues to improve health outcomes among rural Black residents.
Source: NPR