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COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality Among American Indian/Alaska Native and White Persons — Montana, March 13–November 30, 2020
Examines COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and White people in Montana. Discusses factors that may have contributed to greater incidence and mortality for the AI/AN population and the need for culturally appropriate public health measures and vaccine allocation strategies to address disparities.
Author(s): Laura L. Williamson, Todd S. Harwell, Todd M. Koch, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(14), 510-513
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Health Departments and Other Public Health Partners
Information and resources to help public health partners educate their communities and promote COVID-19 vaccination. Includes digital and print communication materials. Also provides resources for sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines in real time.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Care Systems COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs
Explores the clinical and public health responses and experiences of hospitals and health systems, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents policy actions and policy considerations to leverage the lessons of the pandemic to improve health system financing, infrastructure, and coordination. Includes information on challenges and priority areas for consideration for rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Jeffrey Balser, Jaewon Ryu, Michelle Hood, et al.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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Vaccine Hesitancy for COVID-19: State, County, and Local Estimates
Estimates COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey (HPS) between March 3 - 15, 2021. Presents data by state, Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) level, and county. Includes data on select demographic characteristics by county, including age, race, education, and overall Social Vulnerability Index (SVI).
Additional links: Predicted Vaccine Hesitancy by State, PUMA, and County, Select Sociodemographic and Geographic Factors by County
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Rides That Save Lives Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for Older People
Provides strategies and best practices to help community organizations, mobility providers, and other partners improve vaccine access for older adults. Includes information to help reach people who are homebound, who no longer drive, have a disability, or lack caregiver support. Also covers how to address concerns about vaccine safety.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Age Friendly Arizona
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We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
Resources to help community partners promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and encourage prevention in the communities they serve. Includes educational materials in a wide range of formats and targeted to specific audiences. Provides information on the COVID-19 Community Corps, a grassroots network of people serving as trusted voices in their community regarding vaccination.
Additional links: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Data in the United States, by County, The COVID-19 Community Corps
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Use of Selected Recommended Clinical Preventive Services — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2018
Examines use of 10 recommended clinical preventive services: colon cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, breast cancer screening, HIV testing, pneumococcal vaccination, influenza vaccination, diabetes screening, HPV vaccination, zoster (shingles) vaccination, and tetanus vaccination. Includes data for urban and rural counties, as well as the urban to rural prevalence ratio.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(13), 461-466
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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: 04/2021
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: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
State, county, and census-tract data on communities where people are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Identifies areas vulnerable due to barriers related to healthcare access, social determinants of health, and other facts. Also provides data related to COVID-19 rates, testing, mask wearing, critical risk workers, and race/ethnicity.
Additional links: U.S. Data Explorer
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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