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Digging into the Reasons for Puerto Rico's Successful COVID-19 Response
Highlights the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico. Discusses the methods used to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, vaccination efforts, and government messaging, among other factors.
Author(s): Priya Bathija, Julia Resnick
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Chronic Diseases and Associated Risk Factors Among Adults in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
Highlights a study on the prevalence of chronic diseases in Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria and the level of support available to patients before and after the storm. Bases conclusions on 2 studies conducted in 2015 and 2019. Breaks down data by participant characteristics, such as age, employment, and rurality of residence, among other measures.
Author(s): Josiemer Mattei, Martha Tamez, June O'Neill, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 5(1), e2139986
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
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Title V MCH Block Grant Program - Puerto Rico, State Snapshot: FY 2022 Application/FY 2020 Annual Report
Executive summary of program activities and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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FY 2021: HRSA's Rural Health Grants – Puerto Rico Fact Sheet
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy investments in Puerto Rico in Fiscal Year 2021. Lists grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional district.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant - Puerto Rico: FY 2022 Application/FY 2020 Annual Report
Highlights Puerto Rico's maternal and child health programs. Includes topics related to reducing infant mortality, improving oral and behavioral health, improving access, and COVID-19, among others.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Testimony: Medicaid and CHIP in the U.S. Territories
Presents the statement of the Executive Director of Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health regarding the role Medicaid and CHIP play in securing healthcare access in the U.S Territories. Compares current funding through Medicaid for the Territories with the projected funding if no action is taken.
Author(s): Anne L. Schwartz
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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CMS Needs to Implement Risk-Based Oversight of Puerto Rico's Procurement Process
Report details the lack of oversight by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of contractors hired to facilitate Puerto Rico's Medicaid program. Discusses Puerto Rico's Medicaid procurement process and outlines the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse of funds due to lack oversight.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Cervical Cancer Screening Among Medicaid Patients During Natural Disasters and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Puerto Rico, 2016 to 2020
Evaluates the ability of healthcare providers to conduct cervical cancer screenings in Puerto Rico during the aftermath of a natural disaster. Compares rates of screening from January of 2016 to June of 2020 and correlates those rates with hurricanes Irma and Maria, the 2019-2020 earthquakes, and the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.
Author(s): Ana Patricia Ortiz, Axel Gierbolini-Bermúdez, Jeslie M. Ramos-Cartagena, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(10), e2128806
Date: 2021
Type: Document
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Puerto Rico Electricity: FEMA and HUD Have Not Approved Long-Term Projects and Need to Implement Recommendations to Address Uncertainties and Enhance Resilience
Report evaluates the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the damage to Puerto Rico's infrastructure in the three years since hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria hit the island. Bases evaluation on the agencies' response to previous recommendations made by GAO. Discusses the current state of Puerto Rico's electrical grid across the island, including in rural areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Supporting Puerto Rico's Disaster Recovery Planning
Examines the conditions in Puerto Rico before and after Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. Presents a cross-sectional analysis of the disaster in rural and urban areas. Explores the state of healthcare, infrastructure, economy, ecology, and communication in Puerto Rico and discusses plans for recovery.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Last Updated: 7/26/2022