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

Jan 14, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period on a request for information regarding the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is used to measure the health and nutrition status of the general U.S. population. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health on January 29, 2021 from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize recommendations to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health for improving access to and utilization of preventive services among racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the meeting is required by January 28, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 12, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States, effective January 26, 2021. Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test result or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jan 12, 2021 - Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and the recent spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths across the country. Explains how grocers and pharmacies are helping distribute the vaccine and setting up locations at schools and libraries could help distribution in rural communities.
Source: RFD TV
Jan 11, 2021 - The USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative, which provides funding for nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Applications addressing USDA's goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with substance use disorder in high-risk rural communities are encouraged, including those addressing the prevention of, treatment for, and recovery from substance use disorder. Electronic applications are due by March 22, 2021 and paper applications must be received by March 29, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 11, 2021 - Highlights tribal health departments in Wisconsin, who quickly administered the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving their first shipments in December, and are awaiting more doses for mass vaccination events. Describes how Oneida Nation has been working on its mass vaccination plan for ten years.
Source: Post Crescent
Jan 8, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC) on February 16, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Agenda items include updates on the BSC Opioid workgroup, NCIPC health equity activities, suicide prevention, firearm research awards and surveillance activities, and NCIPC COVID-19 activities. Participants are required to register for the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 8, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on February 10-11, 2021. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life while saving money. Agenda items include deliberation on systematic reviews of the literature on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity and health equity/social determinants of health.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 8, 2021 - Highlights rural communities that have taken the initiative to successfully distribute the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. Discusses how healthcare is historically difficult to access in rural areas, but some rural communities face fewer logistical hurdles and smaller numbers to vaccinate.
Source: NPR