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Nov 22, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to serve as members of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM). ACIMM advises the Secretary of HHS on department activities, partnerships, policies, and programs directed at reducing infant mortality; maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity; and improving the health status of infants and women before, during, and after pregnancy. Nominations are due by January 23, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 21, 2022 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposing to revise regulations governing the WIC food packages. The revisions would align the WIC food package regulations with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and reflect recommendations made by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in its 2017 report, "Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice" while promoting nutrition security and equity. The proposed changes are intended to provide WIC participants with a wider variety of foods that align with the latest nutritional science; provide WIC State agencies with greater flexibility to prescribe and tailor food packages that accommodate participants' special dietary needs and personal and cultural food preferences; provide more equitable access to supplemental foods; and better promote and support individual breastfeeding goals of participants to help establish successful long-term breastfeeding. Comments are due by February 21, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 17, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on proposed revisions to the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Revisions include expanded content on some topics, including new questions on experiences of racism and food, housing, and transportation insecurity. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 8, 2022 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions to inform its review on Respectful Maternity Care: Dissemination and Implementation of Perinatal Safety Culture to Improve Equitable Maternal Healthcare Delivery and Outcomes, including those that describe adverse events. Includes background information and key questions related to the review. The full research protocol is available for review on the AHRQ website. Submissions are due by December 8, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 3, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on proposed updates to Guidelines for Screening for Diabetes in Pregnancy and Screening for Type 2 Diabetes after Pregnancy as part of the HRSA-Supported Women's Preventive Services Guidelines. These draft recommendations were developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) through a national cooperative agreement with HRSA to improve adult women's health across the lifespan by engaging a coalition of health professional organizations to review the evidence and recommend updates to these guidelines. Comments are due by December 5, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 2, 2022 - Introduces Life360 HOMEs, an addition to the Arkansas Medicaid expansion program (ARHOME). The new component aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, fill gaps in care for people with substance use disorder, especially in rural areas, and increase participation among beneficiaries in improving their health and addressing health-related social needs.
Oct 27, 2022 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeking comments on a proposed information collection regarding the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) program and the Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders (MDRBD) program. The information collected will be used to evaluate the PMHCA and MDRBD programs and guide future policy decisions regarding increasing health professionals' capacity to address patients' behavioral health and access to behavioral health services. Comments are due by November 28, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2022 - Announces nearly $53 million in grant funding for modernization and innovation improvements to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Offers an overview of the grant programs funded through USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) related to community innovation and outreach, technology and data improvements, and WIC shopping experience improvements.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Oct 10, 2022 - Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced the Healthy Moms and Babies Act to improve maternal and child healthcare. This would expand telehealth access for expecting and postpartum women, deliver high-quality coordinated care, support community-based efforts including stillbirth prevention activities, expand the maternal health workforce, support women and babies with 21st century technology, and take other steps to reduce maternal mortality.
Source: Office of Senator Chuck Grassley