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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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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Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables
Presents data on use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, trends in substance use disorder and mental health, and access to treatment for youth and adults. Features statistics for a variety of demographic and geographic characteristics, including rural versus urban status. Includes information on substance use and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Operational Guidance
Provides guidance to federal, state, and local jurisdictions and those enrolled in the federal pharmacy program on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Contracting: Indian Health Service Used Flexibilities to Meet Increased Medical Supply Needs
Examines the Indian Health Service (IHS) National Supply Service Center (NSSC) contract obligations to obtain COVID-19-related products and medical supplies. Describes the contracting approaches used and challenges IHS officials faced.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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State of Telehealth: Removing Barriers to Access and Improving Patient Outcomes
Presents a recording of an October 7, 2021, hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband. Examines the importance of access to telehealth services, telehealth utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the pandemic on telehealth regulations, and the role of broadband access in the public health response. Features testimony from the American Academy of Family Physicians, Project ECHO, Avel eCare, and the Federal Communications Commission.
Additional links: American Academy of Family Physicians Testimony, Avel eCare Testimony, Federal Communications Commission Testimony, Project ECHO Testimony
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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Financial Guide for the Rural Health Care Leaders During COVID and Post-COVID
Highlights strategies for addressing the financial challenges RHCs and CAHs may face during and after a public health emergency such as COVID-19. Discusses how rural providers can improve financial performance in the face of lower inpatient and outpatient volumes, fewer elective surgeries, and the added cost of PPE, ventilators, and staff, among others. Details indicators of financial stress and recommends corresponding strategies.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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State Cross-Agency Collaboration During the COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Examines cross-agency approaches to COVID-19 response efforts in Illinois, Indiana, and Rhode Island. Identifies key themes, lessons, and best practices for other states to consider when preparing for future public health emergencies. Highlights efforts to serve rural populations.
Author(s): Elinor Higgins, Rebecca Cooper
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Status, Intent, and Perceived Access for Noninstitutionalized Adults, by Disability Status — National Immunization Survey Adult COVID Module, United States, May 30–June 26, 2021
Examines COVID-19 vaccination status and intent and perceived vaccine access among adults by disability status. Includes data on vaccination by disability status for those in metropolitan compared to nonmetro areas.
Author(s): A. Blythe Ryerson, Catherine E. Rice, Mei-Chuan Hung, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(39), 1365-1371
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVIDVaxView: COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage and Vaccine Confidence
An interactive tool for exploring data on COVID-19 vaccination coverage, uptake, and intention by a variety of different factors, including geography, date of data collection, demographics, and more. Includes data by urban, suburban, and rural location in the Characteristics section under MSA status.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Nursing Homes & COVID-19
Provides information and resources for counties on federal guidance, policies, data, and local best practices relating to COVID-19 outbreaks and ongoing infection control measures in long-term care facilities. Includes interactive maps highlighting the overall number of nursing homes and county-supported facilities in each county. Highlights other key resources for addressing COVID-19 and vaccinations in nursing homes.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Last Updated: 10/27/2021