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News by Topic: Population health

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
Jun 29, 2020 - The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) invites scholars from diverse backgrounds to apply for their Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship. One scholar will receive the opportunity to co-lead, with RHRC faculty or staff, a one-year rural health focused project specified by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, as well as lead an additional one-year project in their second year. Applications are due by July 20, 2020.
Source: University of Minnesota
Jun 25, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated and expanded the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. CDC clarifies that risk increases steadily as you age, lists chronic conditions that may increase a person's risk, and recommends individuals follow prevention strategies.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jun 25, 2020 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, a rural hospice in North Carolina made necessary changes to ensure the safety of their staff and patients, including utilizing protective gear, new visitation policies, and reduction of non-essential staff. Highlights creative solutions hospice workers have taken to help patients feel comfortable while in their care.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 24, 2020 - Explores the challenges schools will have to overcome to reopen in the fall in the during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses transportation barriers, social distancing and class sizes, masks, cleaning protocols, and access to high-speed internet. Introduces the Rural Community Resource Hub which offers resources to help rural schools make informed decisions and respond to COVID-19.
Source: Successful Farming