- USDA Launches Resource Guide to Help Rural Communities Seeking Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Assistance
- Rural Infections Drop by 5%; Death Rate Continues to Rise
- Rural COVID-Death Rate Twice as High as Urban One
- Rural Hospitals Losing Hundreds of Staff to High-Paid Traveling Nurse Jobs
- Latest Job Count Shows Counties Struggling to Get Back to Pre-Pandemic Employment
- Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Announces Award Recipients
- Pace of New Vaccinations Drops Slightly in Both Rural and Metro Counties
- HHS Announces the Availability of $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding
- Rural Cases Increase for 10th Week While Metro Numbers Decline
- Nearly 80% of Rural Farming-Dependent Counties Lost Population in Last Decade
- Rural Counties Report Faster Vaccination Pace for Fourth Consecutive Week
- Rural Population Declines Slightly over Last Decade, Census Shows
- CDC Announces More Than $300 Million in Funding to Support Community Health Workers
- Rural Infection Rate Exceeds Metro Rate by a Third
- Rural Hospitals Can't Find the Nurses They Need to Fight COVID
The National Association of Counties (NACo) presents a resource on federal guidance, policies, data, and local best practices for outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Read more here.
Every quarter the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIHub) releases Grants in Motion, a series highlighting some of the exceptional work our FORHP awardees achieve in their communities. This edition focuses on the new Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP). Administered by FORHP’s Hospital State Division, the program provides technical assistance to hospitals at-risk for closure.
To help states support families and communities and to continue to address health disparities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing guidance to states about additional funding for states to promote the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for eligible individuals enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS’s new guidance also highlights Medicaid and CHIP coverage for diagnostic and screening COVID-19 testing in a variety of settings, including schools.
Researchers at the Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health present their findings here.
The National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET) designed this learning opportunity for recruiters, medical directors, and others seeking to employ health professionals in underserved areas. A series of live webinars lasting up to 90 minutes each will take place between October 5 and December 14. Attendees will get access to national experts on rural/underserved recruiting and retention. Find more information here.
This week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a reorganization of its bureaus and offices to accommodate changing needs in the agency’s mission to improve health care for people who are geographically isolated and/or medically underserved. Among the changes, the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth has moved from its longtime home in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to become an operational focal point for telehealth across all of HRSA’s programs. Find more information here.
Information on the Provider Relief Fund program, which gives financial support to providers who have seen lost revenues and increased expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, previously hosted on the HHS website is now available on the HRSA website. Users who visit hhs.gov/providerrelief (previous URL) will be automatically re-directed to the new site. All archived content will remain available to the public. For updates about the PRF and other HRSA programs, please subscribe to the HRSA eNews.
The map allows users to zoom in and find population data for each county in the country. State profiles give more detail on demographic changes between 2010 and 2020. Other infographics and visualizations show information topics such as population change by county, food assistance eligibility, and more detailed breakdown of race and ethnicity. Population counts from the U.S. Census are used to allocate federal funding, provide data for policymaking, plan economic development, and provide data for research, among countless other needs for quality of life.
Using Internet surveys, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that adults with disabilities experienced greater incidents of anxiety or depression, new or increased substance use, and suicidal ideation than did adults without disabilities. The report includes data for rural locations and recommends that clinicians consider screening all patients for issues related to the pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provides an overview of lessons learned from vaccine programs and gives several examples of federal and state programs that could serve as models for new strategies.