The Cherokee Nation to Produce Its Own PPE
After struggling to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation used a portion of its CARES Act funding to create its own facilities to manufacture PPE. Discusses how the facilities will create jobs for members of the Cherokee communities and help to fill the shortage of PPE across the country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Additional Risks and Challenges for Pregnant Women in Rural and Underserved Communities
Blog post provides overview of a report that found maternal mortality in the U.S. increased from 2000-2015 and identified additional risks and challenges for rural and underserved women. Includes maternal mortality data by rurality, discusses disparities among women of color, highlights federal efforts to improve maternal health outcomes. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Coordinates New Effort to Vaccinate Migratory and Seasonal Workers in the Food and Agriculture Sectors
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers including workers in the food sector. Actions include using a data-driven approach to target key regions, utilization of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and partnering with jurisdictions to reach migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA-NIFA, CDC and Cooperative Extension Team Up for Vaccine Education in Rural America
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with $9.95 million to support rural COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Funding will be used by Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunizations and education to the communities they serve. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Coronavirus Infections and Deaths Drop in Rural Counties
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between May 2-8, 2021, finding a 12 percent decrease of infections and 14 percent decrease in deaths in rural counties. Includes an interactive map of COVID infection rates by U.S. county, charts detailing weekly rates of infections and deaths since June, and additional findings. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Riding Herd on Mental Health in Colorado Ranching Country
Describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and identifies challenges to mental healthcare, such as stigma and lack of services. Highlights efforts and legislation to improve mental health services offered to rural residents and destigmatize mental health needs and resources. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Health Care Providers Try Novel Ways to Get Shots in Arms of Rural Residents
Discusses the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program that provides extension agencies with grants to promote COVID-19 vaccination information in rural areas. Highlights the Purdue Extension office in Indiana which focuses on providing vaccine information to its Latino community, and the Primary Health Network in Pennsylvania which focuses on addressing vaccine hesitancy and building trust. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New COVID-19 Cases Drop by 5% in Rural Counties While Urban Areas See a 15% Drop
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between April 25-May 1, 2021, finding a decline in the number of new infections but an increase in COVID-related deaths. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates. Details the distribution of rural COVID-19 hotspots and rural vaccination efforts across the country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces $250 Million from American Rescue Plan to Develop and Support a Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the first of two grant opportunities, totaling $250 million, to develop and support a community-based workforce consisting of community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others that will lend their trusted voices to share and promote vaccine information. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase COVID-19 confidence and address barriers to vaccination for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved areas. A second opportunity will be released soon and will focus on ...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate at Rural Hospitals 'Needs to Be Fixed Now'
Discusses the Biden Administration's next steps in their vaccination campaign that includes enrolling family medicine physicians, pediatricians, and others to be able to give CVOID-19 vaccines. Provider enrollment priority is based on the social vulnerability index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shares the results of a survey of rural hospital executives on COVID-19 vaccination rates among healthcare workers. Includes profiles of two rural hospitals, one with more success getting staff vaccinated than the other. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces Nearly $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Rural COVID-19 Response
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of nearly $1 billion to strengthen the COVID-19 response in rural communities. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase the number of vaccines sent to rural communities, expand COVID-19 testing and prevention services, and increase vaccine confidence by empowering local, trusted voices to assist with vaccine outreach and promotion efforts. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Top Critical Access Hospitals Announced
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced the 20 highest-ranked Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Rankings are based on results of the Hospital Strength Index and eight performance indicators: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. Also includes a list of forty facilities that received recognition for best practices in quality and patient satisfaction. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Launches New Reimbursement Program for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Fees Not Covered by Insurance
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched the COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF), a new program to cover costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines for patients enrolled in health plans that do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing. The CAF will compensate providers for eligible claims at national Medicare rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Farm Bureau Launches Farm State of Mind Resource Directory to Support Mental Health Month
The American Farm Bureau Federation launched Farm State of Mind, an online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers, and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges. The directory includes listings for crisis hotlines and support lines, counseling services, training opportunities, podcasts, videos, published articles, and resources in every U.S. state specific to the needs of those in agricultural and rural communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Finding a Doctor Is Tough and Getting Tougher in Rural America
Describes barriers to healthcare access in rural areas, such as hospital closures and physician shortages and the added impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights efforts to expand residency programs into rural areas and recommends new methods to recruit physicians and medical students into the rural healthcare workforce. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC Now Accepting Applications for Round 2 of COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the application window for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is open through Thursday, May 6, 2021. This round includes just under $250 million to provide healthcare providers with reimbursement for telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards Over $32 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Expand COVID-19 Training and Support for Health Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded over $32 million to 122 Primary Care Associations (PCAs), National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAPs), and Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to provide health centers in underserved communities with COVID-19 related training, technical assistance, and health information technology support. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

2021 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Three Loan Repayment Programs Deadline Extended to May 27
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) extended its application deadline for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program to May 27, 2021. Includes information on program eligibility and service commitment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Fully Vaccinated Adults 65 and Older Are 94% Less Likely to Be Hospitalized with COVID-19
An assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found fully vaccinated adults 65 years and older were 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those of the same age who were not vaccinated. Discusses how these findings support the CDC's recommendation to get vaccinated to prevent hospitalizations and the spread of the virus. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes to Enhance the Medical Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to fund medical residency positions in hospitals in rural and underserved communities and require hospitals to report COVID-19 vaccination rates among workers. Provisions in the rule aim to address healthcare workforce shortages and support hospitals in rural and underserved areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Construction and Renovation Projects at Health Centers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $1 billion to support COVID-19 related capital needs and construction and renovation projects for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program funded health centers. Nearly 1,400 health centers are eligible for the funding provided by the American Rescue Plan. Applications are due June 24, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Infections Fall by 15%; Rural Vaccination Rates Lag in Two-Thirds of States
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and mortality rates between April 18-24, 2021, finding a decrease in both infections and deaths in rural counties. Discusses vaccination rates in rural counties, which have increased but are lower than vaccination rates in urban counties in most states. Contains an interactive map detailing COVID-19 infection rates for all U.S. counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new practice guidelines that exempt eligible healthcare providers from federal certification and training requirements to obtain a waiver to treat up to 30 patients with buprenorphine. These actions aim to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Ambulance Crews Have Run Out of Money and Volunteers
Rural ambulance crews are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of funding, volunteer shortages, and low call volumes. Examines the situation in Wyoming, where 10 localities are in danger of losing ambulance services. Explains how struggling ambulance services are accepting takeovers from hospitals and healthcare systems to stay afloat. (May require a subscription to view full article.) (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Outpacing the U.S., Hard-Hit Navajo Nation Has Vaccinated More Than Half of Adults
Highlights the Navajo Nation, which once had one of the highest per-capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country and has now vaccinated more than half of its adult population. Discusses how Navajo Nation is taking steps to ease public health measures while continuing to be cautious and keep infection rates down. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Report: As Obstetrics Units in Rural Hospitals Close, Black Rural Moms and Infants Face Higher Mortality Rates
Summarizes a study that found closures of obstetric units at rural hospitals put Black and indigenous mothers at a greater risk of mortality. Discusses disparities in maternal mortality rates by race and highlights federal and state efforts to improve maternal health outcomes in the U.S. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Healthcare.gov Special Enrollment Period Through August 15, 2021
A new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) allows residents who live in the 36 states that use Healthcare.gov to sign up for or change their Marketplace health insurance plan until August 15, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on expanded financial eligibility requirements and funding available to Federal Navigators for the 2022 plan year. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Only One Vaccine Is OK for Older Teens. It's Also the Hardest to Manage in Rural America.
Out of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech is the only one currently approved for those aged 16-17 years. Discusses the difficulty of vaccinating that age group in rural communities, identifing limited supply, far distances to travel, and rural vaccine hesitancy as barriers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration Reaches Out to Rural Americans to Get Vaccinated
Discusses the Biden Administrations' COVID-19 Community Corps, which is made up of hundreds of local and national groups to encourage communities to get COVID-19 vaccines. Describes the need for trusted voices to reach rural communities and address vaccine-related concerns. Highlights rural efforts across the country to increase vaccine distribution. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Radically Rural: Reimagining Rural Healthcare Post-Pandemic
Discusses how telehealth utilization has increased in both rural and urban areas during the COVID-19 pandemic due to waivers put in place by the federal government. Addresses barriers to care in rural communities including lack of broadband access and provider shortages. Highlights federal initiatives and COVID relief efforts, such as the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Number of New COVID Cases Remained Constant in Rural Counties Last Week; Deaths Drop by Half
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between April 11-17, 2021, finds the number of infections in rural America grew modestly while COVID-related deaths dropped in half. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates, describes the geographic distribution of rural COVID-19 hotspots across the country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA Awards over $12.7 Million to Programs Enhancing Health Care Delivery to Rural Underserved Populations
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $12.7 million in funding to 61 recipients serving rural communities across 35 states as part of its community-based Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program). Funding will support the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI) to address rural health disparities related to heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Snag a Vaccine Appointment, Then Face the Next Hurdle: How to Get There?
Discusses challenges that both urban and rural residents face getting to COVID-19 vaccination appointments, such as lack of public transportation or local vaccine availability. Highlights efforts in Colorado, Ohio, and Texas to help accommodate those who need transportation for their appointments. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces Nearly $150 Million from American Rescue Plan to Support Community-Based Health Care Providers with COVID-19 Response
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of nearly $150 million to 100 Health Center Program Look-Alikes (LALs) to aid in the mitigation of COVID-19, strengthen vaccination efforts, and enhance healthcare services and infrastructure. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan to support LALs that serve underserved populations. Applications are due May 14, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural-Urban Divide Compounds Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Deaths, Study Finds
Provides an overview of research that found rural ethnic minority groups have higher rates of COVID-19 deaths than their white and urban counterparts. Includes recommendations to address these disparities, including the allocation of additional resources to disproportionately affected rural minority communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC Announces round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal Will Open on April 29
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau announced they will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program between April 29-May 6, 2021. Round two includes almost $250 million to support the utilization of telehealth services during the pandemic. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS Awards $16 Million in Grants to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service announced their award of $16 million to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to combat the opioid epidemic as part of the 2021 Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project. Thirty-five grants were awarded to support innovative approaches and culturally relevant services addressing opioid use disorder in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHC Grandfathering Fix Signed into Law
Summarizes the impact of H.R. 1868 on Rural Health Clinics. Includes a link to the full text of the legislation which was signed by President Biden on April 14, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA to Host Listening Session to Help Expand Broadband Access in Tribal Communities Under the ReConnect Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a listening session on April 20, 2021 to gather ideas on how the Reconnect program can expand access to broadband in tribal communities. USDA invites comments that address a recently published final rule regarding paperwork requirements, funding restrictions, eligibility requirements, and scoring criteria. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a grant focused on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19. The $2.25 billion grant aims to award up to 108 state, local, territorial, and freely associated state health departments. Applications are due May 3, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New COVID Cases Increase 10% in Rural Counties
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between April 4-10, 2021, finding an increase in both new infections and COVID-related deaths in rural counties. Discusses how surges in Michigan and northwest Texas contributed to the increase in cases. Includes an interactive county map of new infections and graphs detailing weekly infection and death rates dating back to June 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Apply Now: Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program. Three RMOMS award recipients will receive up to $1 million annually for four years to plan and implement activities that improve maternal obstetrics care in rural communities. Applications are due June 4, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Marks Black Maternal Health Week by Announcing Measures to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
To mark Black Maternal Health Week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced actions to expand access to healthcare coverage and preventative care in rural areas to improve maternal health outcomes. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program and highlighted Illinois as the first state to provide full Medicaid benefit coverage for mothers during the first year after delivery. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What Are Foundations Doing to Help Understand and Diminish the Barriers to People Getting Available COVID-19 Vaccines?
Blog post discusses COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among rural residents and highlights efforts to understand and address related concerns and increase availability of vaccines. Describes the role that funders play in COVID-19 vaccine campaigns and how these actions could be emulated to mobilize other response efforts. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Commenting Through May 7
The National Quality Forum (NQF) requests public comments on the Environmental Scan Draft Report,Leveraging Quality Measurement to Improve Rural Health, Telehealth, and Healthcare System Readiness. The report includes an overview of policies and measures related to telehealth, healthcare system readiness, and rural health outcomes in disasters. Comments are due May 7, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

In Rural Areas with Healthcare Shortages, These Doctors Are Answering the Call
Describes how the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) helps fill healthcare workforce shortages in rural communities and focuses on recruiting physicians from underrepresented groups. Discusses socioeconomic and health disparities present in rural communities, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural healthcare, and the challenges recruiting rural physicians. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine Program to All Community Health Centers Across the Country
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced all HRSA-funded health centers and Health Center Program Look-Alikes (LALs) are invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, increasing the total number of health centers invited to 1,470. Expansion of the program aims to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved and disproportionately affected communities across the country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Infections Climb by 9% in Rural Counties While Number of Deaths Declines
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between March 28-April 3, 2021, finding that infections in rural counties increased about nine percent, while COVID-related deaths declined. Identifies states that saw an increase in red-zone counties, such as Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, and Michigan. Includes an interactive map of infection rates for all U.S. counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Health Resources and Services Administration's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Programs
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Health Service Corps (NHSC) opened applications for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program. Applications close May 6, 2021. Includes information on NHSC webinars to help with the application process. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COMING SOON: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking assistance from healthcare centers, grantees, and partners in spreading the word about the upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. This program will provide $3.2 billion in funding will be available to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills. Eligible patients and households can apply around late April. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news