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Added July 9, 2020

Oversight Hearing on "Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities" and Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on S. 3650
Presents the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on the response to COVID-19 in tribal communities. Features testimony from representatives from the Indian Health Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, and the National Indian Health Board.
Additional links: Lisa Elgin Testimony, Michael D. Weahkee Testimony, Robert J. Fenton, Jr. Testimony, Scott J. Davis Testimony
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Provision of Pediatric Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Assessment of Capacity Among Pediatric Immunization Providers Participating in the Vaccines for Children Program — United States, May 2020
Reports on the capacity of pediatric healthcare practices to provide immunization services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a survey of practices participating in the Vaccines for Children program conducted May 12–20, 2020. Includes data for urban and rural provider practice locations.
Author(s): Tara M. Vogt, Fan Zhang, Michelle Banks, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(27), 859-863
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Telepharmacy Rules and Statutes: A 3-Year Update for all 50 States
Surveys the legislative and administrative activity authorizing community-based telepharmacy. Includes a table identifying states that have permitted telepharmacy services through legislation, regulation, or waiver or pilot programs, and states with limitations, prohibitions, or no guidance on these services. Provides an overview of state rules and regulations that limit aspects of telepharmacy implementation. Explores areas for further research and evaluation, including the relationship between telepharmacy and rural pharmacy closures.
Author(s): Jason Semprini, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Trends in Nonfatal Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2012–2018
Examines nonfatal falls and fall-related injuries among adults 65 and older by age group and demographic characteristics, including urban or rural location. Data is provided by age group for ages 65-74, 75-84, and 85 and older.
Author(s): Briana Moreland, Ramakrishna Kakara, Ankita Henry
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(27), 875-881
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Added July 8, 2020

2020 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report
Discusses county-level health disparities by examining health factors and outcomes throughout the U.S. Covers life expectancy, racial and ethnic opportunity gaps, homeownership rates, child poverty, and more. Includes key findings and examples of community efforts to improve health outcomes.
Additional links: 2020 State Health Reports
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Availability of Hospice in Rural Pennsylvania
Compares the distribution and number of hospices in rural and urban Pennsylvania counties, provides a descriptive profile of rural Pennsylvania's hospice users, and projects the number of future Pennsylvania hospice users. Includes information from interviews with hospice providers and administrators to help understand challenges and opportunities for stakeholders. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban location and nonprofit or for-profit status, and a county-level map showing locations of Pennsylvania hospices as of 2019.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Lisa Kitko, Joel Segel, Elizabeth Thiede
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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COVID-19 and Rural EMS
Webinar presented July 7, 2020, describing ways in which the pandemic is affecting rural emergency medical services (EMS). Explores adjustments being made by rural ambulance services, examines innovations related to EMS COVID response, and lists resources available to rural EMS and ways that Flex Programs can support these services.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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COVID-19 and Rural Hospital Struggles
Recording of a May 14, 2020, webinar on health care delivery and financial challenges facing rural hospitals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Features leaders from health systems rural in Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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COVID-19 Exposes Threat to America's Broken Rural Health Care System
Recording of an April 21, 2020, webinar featuring members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Rural Health Task Force. Discusses the Task Force's policy recommendations to stabilize the rural healthcare infrastructure and ensuring local access to care as outlined in the report Confronting Rural America's Health Care Crisis. Describes how these recommendations will address the closures of obstetrics units, promote value-based care, provide incentives for clinicians to stay in rural areas, and remove barriers to telehealth. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center Rural Health Task Force
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A Look at Overdose Incidents in Pennsylvania, January 1, 2018 to May 15, 2020
Analysis of data collected by the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network, featuring statistics on demographic characteristics of victims, naloxone use and response, and survival rates, with breakdowns by rural and urban residence. Offers a preliminary comparison of overdose rates before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citation: Rural Perspectives
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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