COVID-19: Significant Improvements Are Needed for Overseeing Relief Funds and Leading Responses to Public Health Emergencies
Discusses the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides an overview of federal actions on healthcare and economic policy areas through early January 2022, including data on COVID-19 relief spending and vaccinations. Offers 5 new recommendations to federal agencies regarding emergency
rental assistance, nutrition assistance, and tax relief for businesses. Also designates the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) leadership
and coordination of a range of public health emergencies as high risk to ensure sustained executive branch and
congressional attention so the nation is prepared for future emergencies.
Date: 01/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office view details
USDA's ReConnect Program: Expanding Rural Broadband
Provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ReConnect program, which provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to build and enhance broadband
infrastructure in eligible rural service areas. Summarizes program details, funding allocations, the three rounds of awards, and funding awards by state. Compares the ReConnect program with other USDA broadband programs. Identifies issues that may impact the program's effectiveness, related legislation introduced in the 117th Congress, and potential policy options.
Date: 01/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service view details
Health Workforce: Biden-Harris Administration 2021 HRSA Highlights
Fact sheet describing the Health Resources & Services Administration's efforts to support the health workforce and promote health equity. Includes descriptions of funding opportunities and efforts to promote expansion of graduate medical education programs in rural and underserved areas.
Date: 01/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration view details
Evaluating the Rural Health HIV/AIDS Planning Program
Policy brief describing the experiences of the first grantee cohort (2020-21) of the Rural HIV/AIDS Planning Program. Examines barriers to or facilitators of successful grant implementation, and the sustainability of programs and acquisition of future funding. Contains a list of these grantees, brief descriptions of their programs, and themes related to the success of the programs.
Author(s): Mariana Tuttle, Katie Rydberg, Carrie Henning-Smith Date: 01/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center view details
Tracking COVID-19 Relief for Human Services and Education Programs
An overview of steps the federal government has taken to implement new resources and administrative changes through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act; and the American Rescue Plan Act. Includes information on programs for food security, care of older people, education, economic impact payments, and tax credits.
Date: 01/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties view details
Tennessee Uninsured Adult Healthcare Safety Net Annual Report
Features statistics on Tennessee's uninsured population and state safety net funding expenditures. Includes maps showing locations of adult healthcare and behavioral health safety net services, and county-level maps showing population-to-provider ratios for various medical specialties and Health Professional Shortage Areas as of 2021. Examines challenges in rural Tennessee, including adequacy of healthcare and access to services. Includes sections on the impact of COVID-19 on Tennessee, and associated relief funding and support services.
Date: 2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health view details
Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant Program Phase 5 Program Report
Provides an overview of the Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant Program for rural Georgia hospitals. Describes projects funded in fiscal year 2020 as part of Phase Five of the program and how funds were used to meet program goals.
Date: 12/2021 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health view details
Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2021
Reports on activities, funding, and programming from the 2021 fiscal year. Intended to keep lawmakers, members of the medical community, and the public abreast of the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce's loan repayment and scholarship programs. Includes a section providing information on the Physicians for Rural Areas Assistance Program and the Dentists for Rural Area Assistance Program, with statistics on the number of participants and the number of counties in which they are serving.
Date: 12/2021 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce view details