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

Jul 29, 2021 - Highlights a Washington State University-led rural outreach project, Participatory Action Research with Teens (Take-PART), designed to teach teens aged 14-18 about opioid misuse prevention and education. Describes how lessons learned from the project will help more teen groups and partner organizations develop their own outreach projects.
Source: Washington State University
Jul 27, 2021 - Blog post highlights Maine's successful COVID-19 vaccination efforts, despite having the highest proportion of rural residents and older adults, a large immigrant population, and no statewide network of county public health departments. Attributes Maine's success to the hard work of the state's nonprofit integrated health systems and volunteers, and initiatives to provide vaccines to hard-to-reach populations.
Source: Health Affairs
Jul 22, 2021 - Funding from the American Rescue Plan will be utilized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support COVID-19 testing and mitigation measures in vulnerable communities across the country. The funds totaling $1.6 billion will be provided to mental health and substance use providers, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, prisons, and domestic violence shelters.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 21, 2021 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announcing a public meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on August 11, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items will include the discussion of substance abuse prevention priorities and updates on CSAP program developments.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 20, 2021 - Compares rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates to the national adjusted rate as of July 15, 2021. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates. Finds the rural vaccination rate increased to 35.5%, with Utah leading the nation in the highest percentage-point increase in rural vaccinations.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 19, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on an information collection regarding efforts to evaluate the COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, including the COVID-19 Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (CABS) and the Monthly Outcome Survey (MOS). Information collected will be used to determine whether the campaign is having the intended impact on target audiences' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, and adherence to preventative behaviors. Comments are due by September 17, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). The Committee is charged with advising CDC and HRSA on objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, viral hepatitis, and other STD prevention and treatment efforts. Nominations are due by August 31, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 12, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting on July 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of this meeting is to consider interim recommendations addressing future pandemic preparedness, mitigation, and resilience needed to ensure equitable response and recovery in communities of color and other underserved populations. The confirmed time and agenda will be published on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force website.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 8, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on August 3-4, 2021. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the PACHA website one week before the meeting. Preregistration is required by July 26, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 7, 2021 - The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is seeking comments on whether and to what extent its policy development process, drug budget review and certification processes, and Grant Administration Programs perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities for underserved communities and individuals from those communities. ONDCP is also seeking comments on how its future proposed policies, budgets, regulations, grants, or programs might be more effective in advancing equity. Comments are due by August 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register