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

Nov 29, 2021 - Describes efforts in Georgia to obtain state funding to supply Narcan to first responders and recovery community organizations across the state. Discusses the rise in opioid overdoses, especially in rural part of the state.
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Nov 22, 2021 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comment on an extension of the information collection titled "ASPA COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Evaluation Surveys," which includes 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 December 22, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 19, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extending the comment period on an information collection regarding current evidence-based, workplace and occupational safety and health interventions to prevent work-associated stress, support stress reduction, and foster positive mental health and well-being among the nation's health workers. Comments are now due by January 25, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 19, 2021 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM) on December 14-15, 2021. Agenda items are being finalized but may cover Federal program updates, COVID-19 updates, health of Indigenous mothers and infants, birth defects and congenital anomalies, the impact of housing and eviction on birth outcomes, and state/community projects to improve maternal and infant health.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 17, 2021 - Describes a series of screening and vaccination clinics organized by the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) and partner organizations and held in 32 rural counties in eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia. Discusses participation in the clinics, efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination, and information sharing with rural residents.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 16, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on an information collection request titled "Data Collection Through Web Based Surveys for Evaluating Act Against AIDS Social Marketing Campaign Phases Targeting Consumers." Information collected will be used to assess the effectiveness of social marketing messages aimed at increasing HIV/AIDS awareness, increasing prevention behaviors, and improving HIV testing rates among consumers. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 16, 2021 - Describes COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts in Vermont and Maine, noting that the states have the highest percentage of population living in rural areas and that they rank among the top 6 states in terms of vaccination. Addresses strategies among local health offices and health systems to monitor regions of the states and reach vulnerable populations.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 12, 2021 - Perspective piece describing rural health disparities and health equity challenges facing rural communities, addressing collaborative efforts between rural hospitals, organizations, elected officials, and community leadership to offer health education and wellness promotion. Highlights such efforts in western Tennessee.
Source: American Hospital Association
Nov 4, 2021 - Describes the efforts of IllumiNative, a nonprofit organization, to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among Indigenous communities through an information campaign called For the Love of Our People. Covers the development of the vaccine outreach campaign through partnerships with 12 Native organizations and 1 tribal community.
Source: Teen Vogue
Nov 4, 2021 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for grants for the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I). This program will help to increase capacity among Tribal and Urban Indian Organization (UIO) health facilities to implement an integrative approach in the delivery of behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care, nutrition, exercise, social, spiritual, cultural, and primary care services, will improve morbidity and mortality outcomes among the AI/AN population. Applications are due by February 2, 2022.
Source: Federal Register