News stories from the past 60 days.
Apr 2, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comments on a proposed information collection, "Information Collection on Soil-transmitted Helminth Infections in Alabama and Mississippi." The collection would track possible risk factors for residents and the distribution and prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in order to plan and implement targeted disease control strategies. Comments are due June 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 29, 2019 - With the closest grocery store 23 miles away, Sumter County Alabama worked with their extension office to create a community garden, improving access to fresh produce and bringing the community together. Other communities in the state are also building community gardens and walking trails to help reduce obesity and improve community health.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
Mar 27, 2019 - News segment about a proposed bill in Alabama that would extend the loan repayment program for nurses working in rural areas of the state.
Mar 18, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $91 million through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program to help rural recipients make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities. 16 projects in 12 states have been funded, impacting nearly 300,000 people.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 12, 2019 - Radio interview with Farrell Turner, President of the Alabama Rural Health Association. Discussion includes the state of rural health in Alabama, rural hospital closures in the state, and broadband access, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
Feb 26, 2019 - Details a new report which found that in order for Community Health Centers to meet the goals set for them by the Trump Administration in fighting HIV/AIDS, they will require secure, long-term funding. Health centers care for 16% of people with HIV and 22% of all people with HIV who are receiving HIV-related care, and thus have been giving a leading role in this effort to boost prevention, treatment, and management services. Expanding services, it found, will be most difficult for health centers in states that have not expanded Medicaid and with a high concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Source: National Association of Community Health Centers
Last Updated: 4/2/2019