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Dec 19, 2022 - Describes a new study analyzing how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Rural Health Clinics' operations and ability to provide cancer screenings. Results show the importance of maintaining telehealth availability and coverage to rural healthcare, and rural cancer care in particular.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 19, 2022 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration announcing a virtual meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on January 26, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include a discussion of future COVID-19 vaccination regimens. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 19, 2022 - Describes efforts to combat a lingering HIV outbreak in Kanawha County, West Virginia, that has disproportionately affected people who live on society's margins. Notes that although the CDC made recommendations to improve access to sterile syringes in this county, recently enacted state and local laws and ordinances have made clean syringes harder to get, especially in rural areas.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces a new research network established by the National Institutes of Health, that will test harm reduction strategies in different community settings. This research network will examine the efficacy of moving harm reduction services and tools into communities via mobile vans, peer support specialists, internet- and smartphone-based tools, and other types of outreach.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Dec 15, 2022 - Describes experiences of Dr. Karen L. Smith, who has practiced medicine in rural Raeford, North Carolina for 30 years. Explores her efforts to boost vaccination acceptance through counseling and patient education, for which providers are reimbursed by using an insurance code repurposed to focus on Covid vaccine hesitancy.
Source: The Assembly
Dec 2, 2022 - Provides brief summaries 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