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Resources by Topic: Infectious diseases

Identifying Allowable Expenses for COVID-19 Programs
Recording of a September 23, 2021, webinar on the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program and RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program. Discusses allowable and unallowable expenses for these programs, as well as reimbursable and unreimbursable expenses.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 09/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Indian Health Service Use of Critical Care Response Teams Has Helped to Meet Facility Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Provides an overview of the Indian Health Service's (IHS) Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs) program, which was developed to support IHS and Tribal facilities in caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients. Examines the first five CCRT deployments from June -September 2020. Offers recommendations to leverage CCRT program success to support other IHS care improvement efforts.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS): Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Partnership with Schools
Profiles a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural New Hampshire and its collaboration with area schools to deliver COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and vaccinations. Highlights strategies used to engage students and their families, future plans for the partnership, and lessons learned.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School-Based Health Alliance
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Risk Factors Associated With SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Farmworkers in Monterey County, California
Results of a study of 1,107 Salinas Valley, California farmworkers, to examine risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Features statistics including demographics and household and community risk factors.
Author(s): Ana M. Mora, Joseph A. Lewnard, Katherine Kogut, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(9)
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Mental Health System Development in Rural and Remote Areas during COVID-19
Report highlights the barriers faced by rural, remote, and tribal communities to accessing mental healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details rates of mental health treatment over the past year and compares rural and urban communities. Discusses factors affecting access in rural areas such as workforce shortages, lack of telehealth services, and lack of culturally competent care for American Indian and Alaska Native populations, among others.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
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Ready to Respond: Mental Health Beyond Crisis and COVID-19
Report highlights strategies for addressing the need for mental health services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details seven recommendations for state mental health programs post-pandemic and discusses workforce challenges and how telehealth can be used to expand access to care to rural and underserved areas.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
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Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden's COVID-19 Action Plan
A comprehensive federal action plan to address COVID-19. Covers vaccination, testing, prevention, and care for those with COVID-19. Also addresses schools and the economy.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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COVID-19: Southern Border Toolkit for Partners
Provides resources to help communities provide timely, effective, and culturally appropriate COVID-19 messaging along the United States-Mexico border. Includes sample social media posts, print publications, radio public service announcements, and videos in English and Spanish.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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12 COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies for Your Community
Identifies evidence-based strategies communities can use to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake. For each strategy, describes the barriers it addresses and research base for the approach.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Changes in Hospitalizations and In-Hospital Deaths for Adults Aged 65 Years and Older in the Initial Period of the COVID-19 Pandemic (April-September 2020), 13 States
Presents data from 13 states on the number of all-cause hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths among adults aged 65 years old and over between April–September 2020 and compares this data to statistics from the same quarter in 2016-2019. Presents data by patient characteristics, including urban or rural status. Includes data on the percent of hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 in 2020.
Author(s): Lawrence D. Reid, Pamela L. Owens
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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