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Aug 1, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The Advisory Council provides information and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding programs and policies intended to reduce or combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may present a public health threat and improve capabilities to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, or treat such resistance. Nominations are due by September 19, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 25, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled Improving Performance Measurement and Monitoring by CDC Programs: The Performance Measures Project. The CDC is requesting approval for a revision to the previously approved project to work with selected CDC programs to provide tools, templates, and technical assistance to develop and implement performance measures for CDC funded public health initiatives. Comments are due by September 23, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 22, 2022 - Reports on a request by a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to clarify by Sept. 9 whether and how the Administration plans to enforce the Medicare 96-hour payment rule and condition of participation for Critical Access Hospitals when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
Source: American Hospital Association
Jul 18, 2022 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking comments on revisions to the information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Market Research," which includes three components: 1) Current Events Tracker (CET); 2) qualitative data collection in the form of focus groups, interviews, and dyads; and 3) copy testing surveys. Information collected will be used to inform the development of campaign messaging and strategy. Comments are due by August 17, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 15, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual public meeting on July 19, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of COVID-19 adult vaccines. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting will be available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 13, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) will hold a virtual public meeting on August 9, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern. ACD advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the CDC on policy and strategies that will enable CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. Agenda items will include discussions on CDC's current and future work in data modernization, laboratory quality, and health equity, as well as an update on climate change and health.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 7, 2022 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals for consideration for membership on its Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). CHPAC provides independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting children's health. Nominations are due by August 15, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 30, 2022 - Discusses findings from a CDC survey of parents in which 4 out of 10 respondents said their pediatricians did not recommend COVID vaccines, compared to 1 in 10 parents from urban communities. Describes rural disparities in COVID-19 and other vaccinations, challenges accessing consistent healthcare, and vaccine hesitancy, and provides an overview of the approval process for COVID-19 vaccination for young children.
Source: PBS News Hour
Jun 23, 2022 - Highlights efforts of the Mississippi State Department of Health's Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity to address inequities and disparities in COVID-19 vaccination among African Americans in the state, noting broader issues of access in rural areas. Describes research and outreach initiatives to respond to vaccine hesitancy and increase access to vaccines and information through partnerships with community leaders and institutions.
Source: Milbank Memorial Fund
Jun 9, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is hosting a virtual public meeting on June 17, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of COVID-19 pediatric vaccines. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting will be available online via a live webcast.