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News by Topic: Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

May 14, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the information collection request related to research to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies in tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the infection control requirements the long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This interim final rule aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections by requiring COVID-19 vaccine education for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to all residents, clients, and staff when available. This interim final rule also requires LTC facilities to report the COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and staff to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This rule is effective May 21, 2021. Comments are due by June 12, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - After struggling to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation used a portion of its CARES Act funding to create its own facilities to manufacture PPE. Discusses how the facilities will create jobs for members of the Cherokee communities and help to fill the shortage of PPE across the country.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers including workers in the food sector. Actions include using a data-driven approach to target key regions, utilization of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and partnering with jurisdictions to reach migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with $9.95 million to support rural COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Funding will be used by Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunizations and education to the communities they serve.
Source: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
May 11, 2021 - Describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and identifies challenges to mental healthcare, such as stigma and lack of services. Highlights efforts and legislation to improve mental health services offered to rural residents and destigmatize mental health needs and resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 11, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold two public virtual listening sessions to seek input on implementing section 201 of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019. The listening sessions will help to inform the VA's development of the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), which aims to reduce veteran suicide through a three-year community-based grant program that would provide financial assistance to eligible entities to provide or coordinate providing suicide prevention services to eligible veterans and their families.
Source: Federal Register
May 6, 2021 - Discusses the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program that provides extension agencies with grants to promote COVID-19 vaccination information in rural areas. Highlights the Purdue Extension office in Indiana which focuses on providing vaccine information to its Latino community, and the Primary Health Network in Pennsylvania which focuses on addressing vaccine hesitancy and building trust.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 5, 2021 - Blog post written by Cindy Howe, project manager for the Navajo Water Project, an initiative of DigDeep, an organization committed to ensuring everyone in America has clean, running water. Highlights their efforts to provide clean water to members of Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
May 4, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the first of two grant opportunities, totaling $250 million, to develop and support a community-based workforce consisting of community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others that will lend their trusted voices to share and promote vaccine information. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase COVID-19 confidence and address barriers to vaccination for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved areas. A second opportunity will be released soon and will focus on smaller community-based organizations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services