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Dec 2, 2022 - Short descriptions of recent Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) highlights and news from the HRSA regions, including conversations on maternal health in Utah, building partnerships with state health workforce boards, a tribal behavioral health summit, and meetings with Mississippi state health leaders.
Source: Heath Resources & Services Administration
Dec 2, 2022 - Reports that 66% of rural Nebraskans who participated in an annual survey conducted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln said they were concerned that contaminants in their water supply would affect their health. Sixty-eight percent of the rural Nebraskans surveyed get all or some of their home tap water from public water systems, while a quarter use private wells.
Source: Nebraska Today
Nov 29, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comments and suggestions to update the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health (CDC Evaluation Framework) and associated resources. Updates to the CDC Evaluation Framework are needed to continue its valuable use and service to the evaluation field and public health. Information collected will help identify how the framework may have been adapted and used in different settings, what aspects of the framework have been useful, any challenges in using the framework across different contexts, and gaps that may need to be addressed. Comments are due by January 30, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 29, 2022 - Features a new toolkit developed by the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, offering information, advice, and case studies surrounding rural emergency preparedness and response.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 22, 2022 - Highlights the recognition of the Cherokee Nation with the Indian Health Service's Pandemic Heroism Award and the Director's Customer Service Award for efforts related to COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination. Describes the work of the Cherokee Nation's COVID-19 Task Force and other pandemic-related initiatives.
Source: KTUL
Nov 22, 2022 - Announces $350 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccination services in underserved communities through HRSA-supported health centers. Describes the aims of the initiative to provide mobile, drive-up, walk-up, and community-based vaccination events, as well as the role of health centers in providing access to healthcare for underserved and rural populations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 17, 2022 - Highlights the efforts of a Texas A&M University researcher to develop training resources on COVID-19 mitigation for dairy producers and workers and administer on-farm mobile vaccine clinics. Describes the development of the initiative and partnerships with the Texas Department of Public Health.
Source: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Nov 11, 2022 - Describes the role of State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) in relation to state Primary Care Offices (PCOs), highlighting New Hampshire's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. Discusses collaboration between SORHs and other state offices and the unique challenges of supporting rural health.
Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Nov 10, 2022 - 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 include new questions on changes in travel and spending due to increasing prices, school meals, displacement due to natural disaster, receipt/loss of Medicaid coverage, and a question that asks certain respondents if they are not working due to coronavirus, natural disaster, or another reason. The Census Bureau is also proposing modifications to questions related to vaccine boosters, children's vaccine booster, infant formula, reasons not working, and inflation items. Several questions will be removed for Phase 3.7, including replaced children's vaccine booster items, and questions about educational catch-up activities and the receipt of antiviral/antibody treatments. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 2, 2022 - Describes the Wisconsin state health department's efforts to spread access to antiviral medication more widely, by offering free telehealth service to people who test positive for COVID-19.
Source: Wisconsin Examiner