- HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Activities, OMB No. 0906-XXXX New
- HRSA Announces Major Effort to Strengthen and Expand Community-Based Residency Programs in Rural and Underserved Communities
- The Pace of New Rural Vaccinations Slows by 30%
- SAMHSA Releases Tribal Behavioral Health Grants Totaling $7 Million to Provide Support to Native American Communities
- Biden-Harris Administration Provides $100 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach in Their Communities to Increase Vaccinations
- Biden Administration to Invest More Than $1.6 Billion to Support COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation in Vulnerable Communities
- Utah Leads Nation in Increase in Rural Vaccinations; Mississippi Moves up Slightly in Rankings
- CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Price Transparency, Access to Care, Safety & Health Equity
- OMB: 2020 Standards for Delineating Core Based Statistical Areas
- Health Advocacy Summit 2021
- HHS Announces $103 Million from American Rescue Plan to Strengthen Resiliency and Address Burnout in the Health Workforce
- Biden-Harris Administration Provides Nearly $144 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in Underserved Communities
- Rural Vaccination Rate Inches up to 34.8% of Population
- Rate of Rural Infections Climbs by 25% for the Week
- Child Drowning Deaths Decline, but Disparities Remain
As a reminder, PCOH is partnering with the Northwest PA Tobacco Control Program to offer “Nicotine Dependence Strategies for Oral Health Professionals.” While we prefer you complete the “Every Smoker, Every Time (ESET)” training prior to tomorrow’s live webinar, we understand that you might not have time. You can complete the training after tomorrow’s live webinar if this is an obstacle. Upon successful completion of both parts, Medicaid providers can complete a Tobacco Registry application and submit to DHS to be authorized to bill for tobacco counseling. If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s live webinar, the recording will be available on PCOH’s webinar portal in the coming weeks.
This two-part course is free of charge with 2.0 CEUs available.
On May 29, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed SB1122 into law, now Act 26 of 2020.
The law provides for $44 million dollars in funding to Fire and $6 million in funding for EMS agencies. Please be aware that the AAP fought to have the language changed and the formula for distribution more fairly dispersed. Unfortunately, that would have required amending the entire grant program and the legislature wanted to get the funds out quickly. Amending the statute would have delayed or even denied any funds.
To view the bill, click here.
The grant application and additional information will be coming from the Pennsylvania Office of the Fire Commissioner and we will share as soon as it is published.
As Pennsylvania continues to address public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf signed a state budget that will provide 12 months of sustained public education funding at 2019-20 levels and makes important investments in communities and programs to help begin to restore the economy.
To help communities to recover, the budget provides $420 million to assist nursing homes with COVID-19-related costs, $50 million to help Pennsylvanians with food insecurity and $225 million for grants to small businesses through the Department of Community and Economic Development.
The budget also provides $625 million to counties through block grants to help address the disruption to their budgets from the pandemic. The funding will assist counties with the cost of purchasing personal protective equipment, help local governments, and provide grants to small businesses, among other options.
The Flex Monitoring Team has released a new report on the community impact and benefit activities of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), rural non-CAHs, and urban hospitals. The report enables State Flex Programs and CAH administrators to compare the community impact and benefit profiles of CAHs nationally to the performance of CAHs in their state.
The report may be found in the link below. Pages 1-5 provide national data with key findings, and pages 6-95 provide state-specific tables. Shortcut links to each state’s tables are at the bottom of page 5.
As the United States reports over 100,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, some people-especially people of color, families with low incomes, and other marginalized communities-are suffering disproportionately. They are also the communities whose health could be hardest hit if states rush to reopen without a robust, fair plan.
If your state and local leaders are weighing how best to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, consider five principles that we believe should be embedded in those decisions.
By Natalie Krebs
Studies have found the rates of mental illness and suicide are higher for farmers. They work long hours, have limited social contact and are at the mercy of factors such as weather. Now the COVID-19 pandemic is creating even greater challenges to their livelihood—and mental health.
By Zoya Teirstein
Keeping wildland firefighting crews safe this year will require a significant shift in the way the country fights wildfires. So far, the changes haven’t materialized.
By Leah Douglas and Tim Marema
A one-of-a-kind data set shows the statistical relationship between meatpacking and the spread of Covid-19 in rural America. Information compiled by the Food & Environment Reporting Network shows how meatpacking counties have some of the highest infection rates in the United States.
The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) frequently provides information on population, income, poverty, and food security, among other economic indicators. Data are available for all States, and for metro/non-metro breakouts within states, and links to county-level data are provided where available. The State Fact Sheets were updated May 13, 2020. Statistics on population and employment have been updated with the latest available data (2019).
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are seeking public input and feedback to inform policy consideration related to the establishment of Maternity Care Health Professional Target Areas and scoring criteria for Helath Professional Shortage Areas. Both request for information (RFIs) are due September 18th, and responses should be emailed to RFIComments@HRSA.gov and reference either “Maternity Care Health Professional Target Area RFI” or “Health Professional Shortage Area Scoring Criteria RFI” in the subject line.