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Oct 15, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comment on a revision to an information collection for the School Meals Operations Study: State Agency COVID-19 Child Nutrition Waivers Evaluation. The data collected from this study will be used to assess meal service levels to determine coverage within and across states, look for patterns and trends across site types, and assess how the waivers were used and how they improved services to children. Comments are due by November 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 2021 - Announces funding for research that focuses on health disparities among underserved rural populations, racial and ethnic minority populations, socioeconomic disadvantaged groups, and sexual and gender minorities through the National Institutes of Health. Describes examples of innovative interventions, including community-based telehealth initiatives to support physical and mental health and a school-based telehealth model to offer preventative care to rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged children.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Oct 6, 2021 - Describes a school-based behavioral health program developed in Hillsboro, Wisconsin to increase access to mental health resources for rural youth. Describes barriers to mental healthcare in rural areas, including location and provider shortages.
Source: TMJ4
Sep 9, 2021 - Highlights a school-based suicide prevention program, Sources of Strength, in rural Kentucky. Discusses the program's proactive approach to connecting with students at small schools about mental health and providing assistance to students who may be struggling.
Source: WHAS11
Sep 7, 2021 - Reports on temporary school closures in rural California due to increased COVID-19 infection rates. Discusses spread of the Delta variant in some schools, the logistics of preparing students for independent study, and staff shortages.
Source: Times Standard
Sep 3, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comments on a proposed revision to the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey. The proposed changes are limited to questions on stimulus payments, free and reduced-price school lunch, pandemic school meals, and advanced child tax credit payments. Comments are due by November 2, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) making a technical correction to the July 16, 2021, notice concerning reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs.
Source: Federal Register