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Pennsylvania Municipal Officials' Views on COVID-19 Vaccine and Pennsylvania's Response to the Pandemic
Results of an email survey of 1,009 elected officials, to gather information about their attitudes toward vaccines and the Pennsylvania state government's response to COVID-19. Features statistics on the percentages of officials likely to get vaccinated, who felt the state's response had been effective, and who had recently attended municipal meetings in virtual, in-person, or hybrid formats, with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
A roadmap for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinating the national response across all federal departments and agencies. Centered around seven goals addressing mitigation, vaccination, and other key areas. Goal 6 focuses on protecting those most at risk and advancing equity across racial, ethnic, and rural/urban lines. Includes information on rural and tribal issues throughout, including addressing vaccine hesitancy and access to vaccines in hard-to-reach communities.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and Building Trust
An interview with Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, sharing how the foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses efforts to help West Virginia organizations navigate and apply for federal funding opportunities, support for mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color, support for telehealth infrastructure, and a wide range of other activities to help meet the needs of the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy in the United States: A Rapid National Assessment
Uses nationally representative survey results to assess COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among adults in the U.S. Features data and statistics on vaccine hesitancy for various groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, rural residents, those with children at home, and others.
Author(s): Jagdish Khubchandani, Sushil Sharma, James H. Price, et al.
Citation: Journal of Community Health, 1-8
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations: Getting Started
Resources and information to help organizations that serve communities impacted by COVID-19 share information on vaccination. Includes key messages, answers to frequently asked questions, a presentation slide deck, posters and flyers, newsletter content, social media messages, and more.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Transit Planning in the Time of COVID and Beyond
Recording of a January 14, 2021, webinar centered on transit planning basics, best practices, and activities that rural and tribal transit agencies can implement during, while recovering from, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses challenges brought on by the pandemic, as well as opportunities for improvement. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Transit Assistance Program
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Federal COVID-19 Testing Report: Data Insights from Six Federal Health Care Programs
Provides a detailed look at testing data from February-August 2020, from programs sponsored by the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Personnel Management. Intended to help policymakers develop and refine their testing efforts related to cost effectiveness, testing availability for at-risk populations, and sufficiency of data to inform testing efforts.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, U.S. Department of Justice
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Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops Implemented with Rural Hispanic Women
Describes a pilot study investigating whether delivering Eat Healthy, Be Active (EHBA) workshops through promotoras is a practical and culturally relevant method for encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors and reducing obesity among Hispanic women in rural areas of Washington state. Includes data and statistics, with information on changes in nutrition label literacy, food insecurity, health behaviors, and health status among participants.
Author(s): Janeth I. Sanchez, Katherine J. Briant, Samantha Wu-Georges, et al.
Citation: BMC Women's Health, 21(24)
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Human Cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in New Mexico, 1975-2020
Provides a county map of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) cases in New Mexico from 1975-2020, with additional maps for each year from 2006-2020. Includes charts that represent cases by year, mortality, cases by month, and demographic data.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Con Alma Health Foundation: Health Equity and COVID Relief
An interview with Dolores E. Roybal, executive director of Con Alma Health Foundation, sharing how this New Mexico foundation partnered with other funders to provide almost $2 million in grants and created an advisory committee of immigrant-led, immigrant-serving organizations to address barriers limiting access to services.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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