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News by Topic: Women

Jan 15, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) on February 11, 2021 from 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Current agenda items include reports from the Access to Capital Working Group, Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group, and the Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 13, 2021 - Features Dr. Brian Hendricks, a research assistant professor with the West Virginia University School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology and his research exploring telehealth utilization rates, barriers to use, and the potential advantages for pregnant women with substance use disorder. Discusses the lack of access to care in rural areas and the need for specialty care during pregnancy.
Source: West Virginia University
Jan 12, 2021 - Provides overview of study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that found the rates of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder and of babies born with withdrawal symptoms increased from 2010-2017. Identifies rural, white, and Medicaid populations with the highest rates of maternal opioid-related diagnoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dec 30, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found hospital administrators and nurse managers want more emergency obstetric training to decrease the risk for pregnant mothers and their babies. Addresses the rising maternal mortality rates across the country, with the highest rates being among non-Hispanic Black, Native, and low-income women in rural states.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Dec 22, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) on January 25-26, 2021. Agenda items are being finalized but may include updates from HRSA and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, continued discussion of COVID-19 and infant and maternal health, immigrant maternal and child health issues, environmental contributions to infant mortality and maternal mortality, and updates on priority topic areas for ACIM to address (equity, data, access, and quality of care).
Source: Federal Register
Dec 8, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ) announced the winners of the Rural Post-Partum Mental Health Challenge. The two Program Proposal winners located in Montana and Alabama receive $50,000 each, while the three Success Story winners located in Massachusetts, Montana, and Oregon receive $25,000.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Dec 3, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an HHS Action Plan and announced a partnership to reduce maternal deaths and disparities that put pregnant women at risk. The Action Plan outlines three specific targets to improve maternal health outcomes: reduce the maternal mortality rate by 50%, reduce low-risk cesarean deliveries by 25%, and achieve blood pressure control in 80% of women of reproductive age with hypertension.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 30, 2020 - Features a women's health clinic in rural Texas that provides care, such as birth control and cancer screenings, for low-income and uninsured patients. With unstable or unavailable internet access in the area, the clinic was unable to pivot to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and instead adjusted regular services to minimize face-to-face contact and protect patients.
Source: Texas Tribune