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Resources by Topic: Infectious diseases

Vaccinating Rural America: Q&A with Dr. Amanda Cohn
An interview with Amanda Cohn, MD, Chief Medical Officer on the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Discusses CDC resources, funding, and other support to help organizations increase vaccination rates in underserved communities such as rural, tribal, and communities of color.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Equity and COVID-19: The Impact of Rural Residence on COVID-19 Disparities
Policy brief discussing rural health disparities, social determinants of health, access to care, and COVID-19 impacts in rural Georgia. Compares rural and urban COVID-19 case and death rates, distribution of cases by race, and disparities in Black and Hispanic rural counties. Offers policy recommendations to address disparities.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Health Disparities
Provides provisional COVID-19 death counts based on death certificate data received and coded by the National Center for Health Statistics. Includes weekly death rate data for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative
Vaccine education resources designed to reach different audiences, including communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Includes TV, radio, print, and digital public service announcements.
Additional links: Black Community Education Toolkit, Black Faith Community Toolkit, Community Education Toolkit, Hispanic Community Education Toolkit, Hispanic Faith Community Toolkit
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Ad Council, COVID Collaborative
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National Center for Mobility Management Covid-19 Resource Center
Shares examples of how transit agencies are helping with COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Includes upcoming and recorded webinars showing how transportation and public health agencies can collaborate to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines. Also provides links to information on transit use of federal COVID-19 funding for vaccination-related transportation.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Mobility Management
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COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index
Identifies barriers each county is likely to face in achieving high COVID-19 vaccine coverage. Provides county-level information on historic undervaccination, sociodemographic barriers, resource-constrained healthcare systems, healthcare accessibility barriers, and irregular care seeking behavior. Report includes discussion of rural-specific barriers and concerns.
Additional links: Report: The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index: Leaving No Community Behind in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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Provider Bridge
Connects healthcare professionals with state agencies and healthcare entities to increase access to care for patients in rural and underserved communities, and assists in mobilizing volunteer healthcare professionals during public health emergencies. Features COVID-19 resources including state-by-state telehealth information and links to help providers find answers to telehealth licensure questions.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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US Coronavirus Cases and Deaths
Provides daily updates in map and table formats for the total number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. Tracks the spread of COVID-19 deaths by state and county and offers the ability to break down infections per 100,000 people.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USAFacts
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Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars
Up-to-date guidance for clinicians from subject matter experts on key emergency preparedness and response topics. Many recent calls are focused on COVID-19 vaccination and related concerns. Slides and webinar recordings for past COCA calls are available.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
Provides county-by-county data on the risk level related to COVID-19 of attending an event, given the event size and location. Covers events from 10 to 5,000 potential attendees.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University
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