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Jan 9, 2024 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Task Force on Maternal Mental Health seeking public comments on a set of questions concerning the context, policies, effectiveness, promising practices, and limitations and gaps related to prevention and treatment of maternal mental health conditions and substance use disorders and its complications. The Task Force will evaluate and make recommendations to the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACWS) for further deliberation regarding improvements and coordination for Federal activities that address maternal mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders. Comments are due by January 31, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 8, 2024 - Highlights a mobile dental clinic in New York offering services to rural residents, low-income children, patients with disabilities, and other underserved populations. Discusses rural disparities and challenges in accessing health and dental care.
Source: University of Buffalo News Center
Jan 5, 2024 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing updates to the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule – a HRSA-supported guideline for screenings and assessments for infants, children, and adolescents. This notice updates references to the supporting evidence base for existing recommendations or adds additional descriptive text, but does not change the HRSA-supported clinical recommendations.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 5, 2024 - Highlights partnerships in Iowa to address access to cancer care for rural residents. Notes that rural Iowans have higher mortality rates from cancer despite fewer cancer diagnoses.
Source: Public News Service
Jan 4, 2024 - Highlights a research project investigating causes of health disparities in the rural South using a mobile exam unit. Discusses challenges with researching rural populations and compares rural Southern residents and urban residents.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Jan 4, 2024 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces updates to the HRSA-supported Women's Preventive Services Guidelines relating to screening for urinary incontinence. For most non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, this update will take effect in 2025.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 3, 2024 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking nominations to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include public health, health equity and the reduction of health disparities, application of science to health policy, decision modeling, dissemination and implementation, behavioral medicine and clinical health psychology, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. Nominations of individuals with training and expertise in internal medicine, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology will receive the strongest consideration. Nominations are due by March 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin in January of the following year.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 1, 2024 - Highlights new and improved healthcare facilities available for Native American populations around Arizona. Discusses the health disparities Native Americans experience as well as the workforce shortages that help contribute to those disparities.
Source: Cronkite News
Dec 27, 2023 - Discusses well water contamination in rural Kansas and the health impacts on local residents. Notes the economic challenges for small communities maintaining infrastructure such as water systems.
Source: KCUR, NPR