Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers Among Highest Without Health Insurance

ATLANTA, June 1, 2018 – A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while the uninsured rate among currently employed workers in 17 states declined significantly from 2013 to 2014, there was variation among different occupations. In 2014, more than 25 percent of workers in four occupational groups – several most frequently found in rural areas – reported having no health insurance: construction and extraction (29.1 percent); farming, fishing, and forestry (34.6 percent); food preparation and serving related (35.5 percent); and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (37.0 percent). Read more

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Plans to Award Up to 75 Grants to Rural Communities As Part of a New Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) Initiative In FY 2018

Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one-year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. The initiative will focus on the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk (PDF – 158 KB), as well as other high risk rural communities. The lead applicant must be part of a group including at least three other partners that have committed to forming a consortium or are part of an established consortium.

This initiative is part of a three-year Rural Communities Opioid Response initiative by HRSA aimed at supporting treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder. Read more

Introducing the Center for Population Health Strategies

ASTHO’s newly launched Center for Population Health Strategies shares proven and cost-effective population health improvement approaches with state and territorial health officials and their leadership teams. There is growing recognition in the United States that health and wellness are significantly affected by factors outside of the traditional healthcare and public health delivery systems. To maximize opportunities to improve population health, leaders from both spheres can focus on aligning partners whose work touches on the factors that impact community and individual health: built environment, social connection, behavioral health patterns, and clinical interventions. Public health leaders have the expertise and tools necessary to drive this collective alignment. ASTHO will foster this leadership through the Center for Population Health Strategies. Read more

LiveHealthyPA: Connecting for a Healthier Pennsylvania

LiveHealthyPA is a “communications hub.” Learn how LiveHealthyPA improves health outcomes for Pennsylvanians by connecting communities, schools, organizations and health teams together. It raises awareness of healthy behaviors, shares data and resources, and offers a platform for idea generation and information exchange for groups to address health needs across the State. Read more

DDAP Announces SAMHSA $53.3M Grant

On June 14, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced their new State Opioid Response Grant program. Under this new grant, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is eligible to receive $53.3 Million.

The purpose of this grant program is to support evidence-based projects that:

-Increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder;
-Target areas in which there are significant geographic or demographic gaps in treating opioid use disorder; and
-Support expanded prevention efforts and recovery support services.

The Latest on Food Insecurity: Map the Meal Gap

The nonprofit Feeding America has issued its annual report on food insecurity, defined as the inability to reliably access a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Researchers looked at county-level data for a “better understanding of variations in local need to help communities develop more targeted strategies to reach people struggling with hunger.” The findings report that 79 percent of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are rural. Read more

New Requirements for Federal Grantees and Applicants

In March of this year, the U.S. General Services Administration announced actions to address fraudulent activity in its System for Award Management (SAM), which manages federally-funded grants. At that time, GSA asked that all new organizations registering at submit an original notarized letter confirming identification of a grant recipient. This requirement now applies to both new and existing entities registered with (Look for the small, red type toward the top of SAM’s home page.) Read more