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Apr 13, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions will allow agencies to enhance services and target resources to help alleviate the impact of the pandemic on service members and their families and target outreach efforts to promote vaccine access and uptake among essential worker groups. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 12, 2021 - Describes how Alaska ranks among the top states for COVID-19 vaccine distribution due to the role that tribal health organizations have played. Discusses how the virus has disproportionately impacted Native communities and threatened indigenous culture, highlights unique efforts by tribal health providers to provide vaccinations and curb the pandemic.
Source: US News & World Report
Apr 9, 2021 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the availability of $4 million for grants to agencies designated as Protection and Advocacy Systems according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. This funding is for critical services to help communities combat COVID-19 and increase vaccine access for people with disabilities. Includes information on the projected award amounts to each state and territory. Applications are due by April 23, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2021 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the availability of $5 million for grants to Title VII, Part C disability networks to provide critical services to help communities combat COVID-19 and increase vaccine access for people with disabilities. Applications are due by April 23, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 9, 2021 - Blog post discusses COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among rural residents and highlights efforts to understand and address related concerns and increase availability of vaccines. Describes the role that funders play in COVID-19 vaccine campaigns and how these actions could be emulated to mobilize other response efforts.
Source: Health Affairs
Apr 8, 2021 - The Administration on Community Living plans to make $26,000,000 available in supplemental funding for current Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)/No Wrong Door (NWD) COVID-19 CARES Act grantees. This funding will be used to provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities. Applications are due by April 9, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 7, 2021 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced all HRSA-funded health centers and Health Center Program Look-Alikes (LALs) are invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, increasing the total number of health centers invited to 1,470. Expansion of the program aims to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved and disproportionately affected communities across the country.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 7, 2021 - Shares how the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima, Washington is working to vaccinate Latinx populations in Washington and Oregon.
Source: Marketplace
Apr 6, 2021 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award a single-source supplement to the current cooperative agreement held by the National Area Agencies on Aging for the Eldercare Locator. The supplement will be used to expand the capacity of the Eldercare Locator to link a larger number of older adults, their caregivers, and people with disabilities with state and local organizations to obtain COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 6, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $3 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan to support the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination programs and increase equity and access to the vaccine. Describes that 75 percent of funding must focus on increasing vaccine access among racial and ethnic minority communities and 60 percent must support local health departments, community-based organizations, and community health centers.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention