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Resources by Topic: Occupational health and safety

Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce Through Organizational Strategies
Offers organization-level interventions to prevent and reduce burnout among behavioral health workers and provides examples of strategies used by other organizations to address burnout. Mentions challenges that contribute to burnout in rural areas, including low occupational prestige and workforce shortages.
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) Meeting Minutes, December 7-8, 2021
Summarizes the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) meeting held on December 7-8, 2021. Includes updates from the Bureau of Health Workforce, a discussion on expanding the nurse workforce, and information on the HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program, among other things.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
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CMS Vaccine Mandate Webinar
Recording of a December 8, 2021, webinar exploring Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Discusses the legal uncertainty of the mandate and policies and procedures that Rural Health Clinics will need to implement if the mandate is upheld.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Sample COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedures, Transcript, Webinar Q&A Follow-Up
Date: 12/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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I-CASH Annual Report 2021
Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health's (I-CASH) annual report on statewide prevention and education programs addressing agricultural safety and health from 2020-2021. Highlights the organization's connection and engagement projects, describes recent efforts to communicate best health and safety practices, and includes a list of seasonal campaigns and accomplishments.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
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Critical Access Hospitals' Initial Response to COVID-19 by System Affiliation
Summarizes results of a survey of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) executives in eight states regarding the initial response to COVID-19 through August 2020. Presents data by system-affiliated and independent CAH status. Discusses COVID-19 case volume, personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, and the perceived impact of system affiliation status on facilities' overall response to COVID-19.
Author(s): Ira Moscovice, Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Rural America at a Glance: 2021 Edition
Provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America, with a focus on the the resiliency and recovery of rural communities following the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes data on population and employment changes, infection rates, and broadband internet access and adoption, as well as persistent poverty.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Caring for America: Legislation to Support Patients, Caregivers, and Providers
Recording of a U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on legislation related to funding for behavioral and mental health services for the healthcare workforce; a loan repayment program for local, state, and tribal public health professionals; increasing diversity in allied health professions; improving health outcomes in underserved communities through the use of community health workers; and more. Includes testimony from the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Augusta University, Ballad Health, and others.
Additional links: Alan Levine, Ballad Health - Testimony, Brooks A. Keel, Augusta University - Testimony, Lisa Macon Harrison, National Association of County and City Health Officials - Testimony
Date: 10/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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COVID-19: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Accountability and Program Effectiveness of Federal Response
Discusses the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides an overview of federal actions on healthcare and economic policy areas through September 2021, including data on COVID-19 relief spending, testing, worker health and safety, and child nutrition programs. Offers 16 new recommendations to federal agencies regarding the proper use of relief funding, occupational health and safety, and fraud risks to unemployment insurance programs that would improve the federal response and preparation for future public health emergencies.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The Meatpacking Industry in Rural America During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Compares nonmetro counties with over 20 percent of employment in the meatpacking industry to other nonmetro counties, with data on poverty and COVID-19 cases.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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COVID-19 Working Paper: Meatpacking Working Conditions and the Spread of COVID-19
Report details the working conditions of meatpacking plants and how they affected the spread of COVID-19 during the first months of the pandemic. Compares manufacturing jobs in rural versus total counties and highlights specific rural counties where meatpacking plants were infected. Discusses occupational characteristics that may have contributed to the spread.
Author(s): Thomas P. Krumel, Jr., Corey Goodrich
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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