OB-GYNs Are Disappearing from Wisconsin's Rural Hospitals. A UW Program Trains New Doctors in Small Communities, Hoping They'll Stay.
Highlights a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that places OB-GYN medical school residents at rural hospitals to encourage them to practice in those underserved communities. Describes how the program will help to address the shortage of obstetrics providers in rural areas. UW-Madison hopes to help other universities implement similar programs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA Announces Major Effort to Strengthen and Expand Community-Based Residency Programs in Rural and Underserved Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced investments to strengthen and expand community-based primary care medical and dental residency programs in rural and underserved communities. Funding from the American Rescue Plan will support and expand Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) programs, includes details on current funding available. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Pace of New Rural Vaccinations Slows by 30%
Analyzes rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of July 22, 2021. Finds that the rural vaccination rate increased 0.3 percentage points from the previous week. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates, a graph detailing the weekly nonmetropolitan/metropolitan percent of population completely vaccinated since April 2021, and a table of vaccination rates for all 50 U.S. states. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Releases Tribal Behavioral Health Grants Totaling $7 Million to Provide Support to Native American Communities
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released 29 Tribal Behavioral Health Grants totaling $7 million to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Each grantee receives up to $250,000 during a five-year period to support the development and implementation of integrated services to prevent suicide and reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders and trauma. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration to Invest More Than $1.6 Billion to Support COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation in Vulnerable Communities
Funding from the American Rescue Plan will be utilized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support COVID-19 testing and mitigation measures in vulnerable communities across the country. The funds totaling $1.6 billion will be provided to mental health and substance use providers, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, prisons, and domestic violence shelters. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden-Harris Administration Provides $100 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach in Their Communities to Increase Vaccinations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $100 million to 1,980 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to support COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts in medically underserved rural communities. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan and distributed through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Utah Leads Nation in Increase in Rural Vaccinations; Mississippi Moves up Slightly in Rankings
Compares rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates to the national adjusted rate as of July 15, 2021. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates. Finds the rural vaccination rate increased to 35.5%, with Utah leading the nation in the highest percentage-point increase in rural vaccinations. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Price Transparency, Access to Care, Safety & Health Equity
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed anew rule to address the health equity gap, including actions to promote price transparency, improve access to emergency care in rural areas, increase Medicare beneficiary safety, and use lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to improve patient experiences and outcomes. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Health Advocacy Summit 2021
The Health Advocacy Summit (HAS) is hosting its second International Virtual Summit for young adults with chronic and rare conditions on August 7-8, 2021. HAS is seeking attendees from rural communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces $103 Million from American Rescue Plan to Strengthen Resiliency and Address Burnout in the Health Workforce
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the availability of $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding to address burnout and promote mental health among the health workforce. Over a three-year period, funding will aid healthcare providers in addressing workplace stress and demands exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on the needs in rural and underserved communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Vaccination Rate Inches up to 34.8% of Population
Compares rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of July 5, 2021. Finds the rural vaccination rate grew by 0.7 percentage points to 34.8%. Highlights New England, which leads the U.S. in rural vaccination rates, and identifies the states and areas with low vaccination rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rate of Rural Infections Climbs by 25% for the Week
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between July 4-10, 2021. Finds the rate of new infections in rural counties increased more than 25%, primarily due to a surge of infections in Missouri and Arkansas. COVID-related deaths decreased for the sixth consecutive week to 282, the lowest number in more than a year. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden-Harris Administration Provides Nearly $144 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in Underserved Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $144 million in American Rescue Plan funding to 102 HRSA Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs). Funds will help LAL's mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and enhance healthcare services and infrastructure in underserved communities across the U.S. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Child Drowning Deaths Decline, but Disparities Remain
Summarizes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis that found the rate of unintentional drowning deaths among children dropped by 38% between 1999 and 2019. Discusses the disparities in drowning death rates among children by race/ethnicity as well as rurality. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

As Appalachian Hospitals Disappear, Rural Americans Grapple with Limited Care
Features rural communities in central Appalachia whose hospitals have shut down. Discusses the impacts of these closures on residents' well-being and the local economy and highlights initiatives that are working to address social determinants of health and gaps in healthcare in rural Appalachian communities. (May require a free account to view full article). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Provides $398 Million to Small Rural Hospitals for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $398 million in funding through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to 1,540 small rural hospitals. State Offices of Rural Health will distribute the funds to aid rural hospitals in expanding their COVID-19 testing capacity and mitigation efforts. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule in CMS's annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) that recommends steps to build upon Medicare and improve health equity gaps worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations include expanding access to behavioral healthcare via telehealth; enhancing diabetes prevention programs; and improving the Quality Payment Program (QPP). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Feds Will Keep Definition of Metro at 50,000-Person Minimum
The Office of Budget and Management (OMB) announced that it won't raise the population threshold for what qualifies as a metro area, keeping the minimum population needed in a community's core city at 50,000 residents to be designated a metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Discusses the rationale behind not pursuing the change at this time. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Where Are the Newest COVID Hot Spots? Mostly Places with Low Vaccination Rates
Discusses how the COVID-19 delta variant is spreading and new localized hotspots are emerging, especially across the South, Midwest, and West. Many areas seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rural and/or have lower vaccination rates. Describes how current trends in COVID-19 infections may mean the U.S. is on the cusp of another national surge. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural COVID-19 Cases Increase by 11%, While Number of Deaths Continues to Decline
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between June 27-July 3, 2021, finding an increase in rural infections by 11%. Identifies the Midwest and South as contributing the most to the increase in rural COVID-19 cases. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates and charts detailing the weekly rate and number of new infections by nonmetro/metro status. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

OPEN NOW! HRSA Announces New Loan Repayment Program for Behavioral Health Providers
The application for the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) new Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) is open until July 22, 2021. The program will provide up to $250,000 in school loan repayment for eligible behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals, clinical support staff, and others trained in substance use disorder treatment in exchange for working full-time for six years at an approved facility. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Ambulance Services Are in Jeopardy as Volunteers Age and Expenses Mount
Describes how difficult it is for rural emergency medical services (EMS) in Montana to respond to emergencies due to a scarcity of young volunteers, financial issues, and far distances to travel. Discusses possible solutions such as having EMS agencies merge with taxpayer-funded fire departments, having hospitals take over the programs, and policy changes. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Vaccination Rate Grows by about 0.6% of the Population
Analyzes rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of June 28, 2021. Finds that the overall rate of completed vaccinations in rural America increased by 0.6 percentage points to 34 percent, while vaccinations among the urban population increased by 1.1 percentage points to 44.3 percent. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Despite Missouri's Higher Rate, Rural COVID-19 Infections Fall Slightly
Analyzes COVID-19 infections between June 20-26, 2021, finding a decrease in new rural infections overall despite a rise of infections in rural Missouri. Includes an interactive map of COVID-19 infection rates by U.S. county, as well as charts depicting the weekly rates of new infections and COVID-related deaths since June 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How One Rural Town Without a Pharmacy Is Crowdsourcing to Get Meds
Shares how a geographically isolated town in Colorado has built an informal delivery network where community members pick up and deliver medications from the nearest pharmacy, over an hour drive away, for their neighbors. Describes the challenges of living in a rural town with no pharmacy and the impacts it can have on health. Discusses workforce and reimbursement challenges to staffing and operating a rural community pharmacy. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Announces Awardees of $250 Million to Fight COVID-19 and Improve Health Literacy Among Racial and Ethnic Minority and Vulnerable Communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced $250 million in grant awards for its Advancing Health Literacy (AHL) to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 initiative. Funds are awarded to 73 local governments to enhance health literacy efforts and reduce COVID-related disparities within racial and ethnic minority populations and other vulnerable communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue at Roughly the Same Pace
Analyzes COVID-19 vaccination rates across the U.S. as of June 21, 2021, finds that at least 33.5 percent of rural Americans are completely vaccinated, an increase of nearly one percent from two weeks prior. Describes how urban areas are increasing vaccinations at a faster rate than rural areas. Identifies trends and includes visualizations of vaccination rates by county and state. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 25, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural COVID-19 Cases Drop to 14-Month Low
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between June 13-19, 2021. Finds the number of new rural infections dropped to lowest rate in 14 months, while rural COVID-related death rates dropped to the lowest they have been in a year. Reports on states and counties with the highest and lowest rates and includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Addressing Disparities in Rural Healthcare
Summarizes a webinar where rural health leaders discussed how rural health systems are utilizing community partnerships, technology and other innovations to meet the needs of their patients. Addresses challenges that rural health systems are facing and describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a recording of the webinar. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHC Vaccine Confidence Grant Deadline Extended by One Day
The Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Vaccine Confidence grant received a one-day extension to June 24, 2021. Grants from this program aim to improve vaccine confidence in rural communities. Includes additional information on how to apply. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural COVID-19 Cases Increase Slightly after Seven Weeks of Decline
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between June 6-12, 2021, finds an increase in infections in rural America for the first time in seven weeks. Identifies Tennessee as the state with the highest increase in rural COVID-19 infections. Includes an interactive map of infection rates by U.S. county as well as graphs detailing weekly rates of new infections and deaths since June 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

One Third of Rural Population Completes COVID-19 Vaccination
A third of the rural population is completely vaccinated against COVID-19 as of June 14, 2021 while the metropolitan vaccine rate reaches 41.7%. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates and discusses which states have the highest and lowest vaccination rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration Invests Additional $1.8 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding to Combat COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced an investment of $1.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan toward combatting COVID-19 in Indian Country. Funding will support public health workforce activities, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment, COVID-19 mitigation, and COVID-19 related facilities activities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards $125 Million in Workforce Grants for Community-Based Efforts to Bolster COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $125 million to support 14 nonprofit private or public organizations in building COVID-19 vaccine confidence in underserved communities. Grants will help these organizations hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others to increase vaccine access in hard-hit and underserved areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

NRHA Calls for Submissions of Best Rural Community Health Practices
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) calls for submissions of best practices related to rural community health by June 18, 2021. Submissions to NRHA's compendium will be shared with key rural stakeholders across the U.S. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Children in Rural Areas Face Increasing Barriers to Pediatric Care, Study Finds
Summarizes a study that found a decrease in the percentage of U.S. hospitals with inpatient units and beds for pediatric care, especially in rural areas. Describes how pediatric care has moved away from general community hospitals to specialized children's hospitals in urban areas. Discusses possible factors leading to service closures and the need to identify which children and specific communities are being affected. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How A Fire Department Funding Model Could Preserve Rural Emergency Departments and Quality Emergency Care
Blog post discusses rural hospital closures and challenges that rural hospitals face staffing emergency departments (ED), including additional challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Author proposes a "fire department" model in rural locations that would create a staffing plan for the ED independent of patient volume and facility designation status, paid for by funding from tax revenue or an all-payer global budget model. (May require free registration to view full article.) (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Provides $424.7 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation in Rural Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $424.7 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan to 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and an additional $35.3 million will be issued later this summer to RHCs that meet eligibility requirements. Funds will expand access to testing for rural residents and help to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in their communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 11, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

15 States Pass the 40% Threshold for Rural Vaccinations
Analyzes COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. as of June 7, 2021, finds that fifteen states have completely vaccinated 40 percent of their rural population. Includes an interactive map of county-level vaccination rates, a map of rural vaccination rates by state, and a chart depicting rural/urban percent of population completely vaccinated. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Death Rates Are Rising Across Rural America
Summarizes research that found that the difference in rural and urban death rates tripled over the past 20 years. Discusses how limited access to care, behaviors that contribute to poor health, and the economic outlook in rural areas contribute to the mortality gap. Highlights the need to address health disparities between rural and urban residents and among different races. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HRSA Awards Nearly $66 Million to Bolster the Nation's Behavioral Health Workforce for Underserved Communities
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $22 million in awards to 56 recipients as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. Funding will aid recipient organizations in training graduate students in social work, psychology, and other behavioral and mental health disciplines to work with vulnerable populations, particularly youth at risk for behavioral health disorders. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID Infections and Deaths Drop to Lowest Rates in a Year
Analyzes COVID-19 infection rates between May 30-June 5, 2021. Finds that new infections and deaths in rural America have fallen to their lowest levels in a year. Includes an interactive map of COVID-19 infection rates by U.S. county and graphs detailing weekly rates of new deaths and infections since June 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated People
Summarizes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that found mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people. Additional findings indicated that those who became infected after being fully or partially vaccinated were more likely to have a milder and shorter illness. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Millions of Americans Live in 'Care Deserts' —Here's What That Means and Why It's a Huge Problem
Discusses how many rural communities across the U.S. qualify as healthcare deserts, with 16 percent of Americans living 30 miles of more from a hospital. Describes the impact of rural hospital closures, health insurance gaps, and pharmacy deserts. Highlights resources and organizations working to close the healthcare gaps in rural communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of up to $1 billion in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). $500 million will be used to purchase domestically produced food for state food bank networks, $400 million will support socially disadvantaged farmers, and $100 million aims to expand the reach of food assistance organizations into rural, remote, and low-income communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Vaccination Rate Climbs by 1 Percentage Point in Last Week
Analyzes rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates. Finds the rural vaccination rate increased by one percentage point to 31.1% as of June 1, 2021. Includes an interactive map of vaccination rates in all U.S. counties and a graph depicting the rural/urban percent of population completely vaccinated. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

With Roots in Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push for Equity in the Pandemic
Explores the history of Delta Health Center, the country's first rural community health center, located in the Mississippi Delta. The health center began operations during the civil rights movement to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to all residents, of all races. Describes the impact of COVID-19 and highlights how Delta Health continues to improve health outcomes among rural Black residents. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

NHSC New Site Application Deadline Extended to July 1
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) announced that the deadline to apply to be approved as an NHSC site is extended to July 1, 2021. Includes eligibility and application information. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Why Have Some States Pulled Ahead in the Race to Vaccinate Against COVID-19?
Blog post analyzes patterns of COVID-19 vaccination in states across the U.S. Identifies opportunities for states to reach high vaccination levels and describes how vaccination education, accessibility, and innovative distribution strategies aid in improving COVID-19 vaccine rollout. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Covid-Related Death Rate Climbs for Second Week in a Row
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between May 23-29, 2021, finding that while new infections declined, the COVID-related death rate rose for the second week in a row. Reports a 40% increase in rural COVID-related deaths in the last three weeks, while death rates in metropolitan counties rose only 4% during the same period. Includes an interactive map of infection rates in all U.S. counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news