Ireland encourages remote work to repopulate rural areas
The Irish government is hoping to bank on the rise of remote work to breathe new life into rural towns and villages. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on a proposed information collection project titled SimpleReport Mobile Application. SimpleReport is a free web-based application that provides an easy way to manage the COVID-19 testing workflow, record results for rapid point-of-care COVID tests, and report the results to the appropriate public health department on behalf of the testing site. Comments are due by June 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Investments in telehealth solutions in Wisconsin address the need for members to continue essential care
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the healthcare landscape, including how people access care. While telehealth services had been gaining ground in the years before the pandemic, particularly in rural areas, moving in-person services to virtual care rapidly increased as a result of the novel coronavirus. A number of healthcare companies realized that keeping their members healthy during the time of Covid-19 meant investing in provider organization efforts to help their physicians and other practitioners… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jennifer Garbo-Shawhan Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule includes proposals to rebase and revise the SNF market basket, suppress the use of the SNF readmission measure for scoring and payment adjustment purposes in the FY 2022 SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and update to the diagnosis code mappings used under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Includes rural considerations throughout. Co...
Source: Federal Register updates 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

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

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

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

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

Rural-urban divide compounds racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths, study finds
(Oregon State University) While Black, Hispanic, Latino, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander people are more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people nationwide, a recent study from Oregon State University found the risk was even greater for racial and ethnic minority groups living in rural areas compared with urban areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 15, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout
Clinics offering the one-shot vaccine were canceled throughout the country, affecting students, shift workers, rural residents and other hard-to-reach groups. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and proposes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also proposes making permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and proposes changes to public reporting for the...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 14, 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

Pause in Vaccinations Leads to Canceled Appointments Across States
Health departments scrambled to postpone vaccine clinics and rebook patients after the one-dose offering from Johnson& Johnson was sidelined. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mitch Smith and Michael D. Shear Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Johnson & Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) States (US) Rural Areas Colleges and Universities Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Food and Drug Administration United States Politics and Government Moderna Inc Source Type: news

A national study on child abuse and neglect in rural China: does gender matters? - Wan G, Li L, Gu Y.
This study aims to answer this question through a national gender-balanced survey. An empirical investigation of 4943 children (Mage  = 12.08, 48.7% male) in eight provinces wa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Bullying in rural schools among early adolescents in Sri Lanka; prevalence of bullying acts and common responses to bullying - Jayasinghe VPKK, Perera KMN, Guruge GND.
Prevalence of bullying among school going adolescents was estimated to be high (approximately 37%) in Sri Lanka according to the Global School based student Health Survey. However, limited number of studies were carried out in Sri Lanka on bullying among a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). ACTPCMD provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act. Nominations are due by the end of the fiscal year. (Source: Federal Regist...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) summarizingthe Report and Order establishing the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program. The EBB Program will provide eligible low-income households with a discount on the cost of broadband service and certain connected devices to help these households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. This final rule is effective April 13, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: National Advisory Committee
The Census Bureau will hold a virtual public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC) on May 6-7, 2021. The NAC addresses policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including decennial, economic, field operations, information technology, and statistics. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the Census Advisory Committees website. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Census Bureau: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Household Pulse Survey
The Census Bureau is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Household Pulse Survey, which helps to inform on a range of topics related to households' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed revisions will allow agencies to enhance services and target resources to help alleviate the impact of the pandemic on service members and their families and target outreach efforts to promote vaccine access and uptake among essential worker groups. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021 (FY 2022)
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2022 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also updates and clarifies the IPF teaching policy with respect to IPF hospital closures and displaced residents, proposes a technical change to the 2016-based IPF market basket price proxies, and updates quality measures and reporting require...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

UMass Amherst joins partnership to develop sustainable food products
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among nine institutions chosen to collaborate with Big Idea Ventures to help develop and commercialize new, sustainable food products and agricultural innovation that will fuel economic development in rural communities, the New York City-based venture capital firm announced Tuesday. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FCC: COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extending the administrative responsibilities of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and directing USAC to administer the remainder of Round 1 and all of Round 2 funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This rule is effective April 12, 2021, and applicable February 2, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 and Updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this proposed rule would update the cost-to-charge ratio (CCR) ceiling and urban/rural average CCRs for FY 2022 and make revisions and updates to quality measures and reporting requirements under the IRF quality reporting program. Comments are due by June 7, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates 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

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

Demand for Covid vaccine among seniors lags in rural Oregon counties
Public health officials are strategizing ways to boost demand and make it as easy to get vaccinated as it is to buy a lottery ticket. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Demand for Covid vaccine among seniors lags in rural Oregon counties
Public health officials are strategizing ways to boost demand and make it as easy to get vaccinated as it is to buy a lottery ticket. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 9, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Investments in telehealth solutions in Tennessee address the need for members to continue essential care
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the health care landscape, including how people access care. While telehealth services had been gaining ground in the years before the pandemic, particularly in rural areas, moving in-person services to virtual care rapidly increased as a result of the novel coronavirus. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 9, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Machan Littleton Source Type: news

Investments in telehealth solutions in Tennessee address the need for members to continue essential care
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the health care landscape, including how people access care. While telehealth services had been gaining ground in the years before the pandemic, particularly in rural areas, moving in-person services to virtual care rapidly increased as a result of the novel coronavirus. A number of health care companies realized that keeping their members healthy during the time of COVID-19 meant investing in providers’ efforts to connect with their patients virtually. What’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 9, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Machan Littleton Source Type: news

Incidence, prevalence, and outcomes of pediatric trauma in rural Appalachia (West Virginia) from 2017 to 2019 - Ellison P, Cifarelli D, Pearce A, Moore L, Parrish D, Ellison M, Fazi A, Vanek T, Meltzer H, Knight J.
Background Appalachian rural pediatric trauma has its unique incidence, presentation, and distribution due to the mechanisms of injury, geographic location, access to care, and social issues.   Purpose To review, analyze, and understand pediatric trauma in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Prenatal and postnatal intimate partner violence and associated factors among HIV-infected women in rural South Africa: a longitudinal study - Matseke MG, Ruiter RAC, Rodriguez VJ, Peltzer K, Lee TK, Jean J, Sifunda S.
This study aimed at assessing the prevalence of pre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States
The good news: There are more shots available. The challenge is getting people to take them. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Jacobs Tags: States (US) Vaccination and Immunization Black People Rural Areas Whites Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Rumors and Misinformation Reeves, Tate (1974- ) Mississippi Indianola (Miss) United States Republican Party Source Type: news

7 Questions with Dr. Makasa
By Patricia  Egessa , Senior Communications ManagerApril 09, 2021Dr. Mpundu Makasa is a clinician and public health practitioner who works in the primary health care setting. She has a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Makasa is currently enrolled in the University of Zambia’s (UNZA) Family Medicine Residency Program that is supported by Seed Global Health. Later this year, Dr. Makasa will be the first graduate of the program. She will become a faculty member after graduation, reinvesting her newfound skills and experience to teach for the program. Seed Global Health talked to he...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: COVID-19 World Health Worker Week Gender Equality Health Workforce & Systems Primary Health Care Health Workers Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule includes proposals to rebase and revise the SNF market basket, suppress the use of the SNF readmission measure for scoring and payment adjustment purposes in the FY 2022 SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and update to the diagnosis code mappings used under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Includes rural consideration...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and proposes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also proposes making permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and proposes changes to public r...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for the Protection and Advocacy Systems Network To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People With Disabilities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the availability of $4 million for grants to agencies designated as Protection and Advocacy Systems according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. This funding is for critical services to help communities combat COVID-19 and increase vaccine access for people with disabilities. Includes information on the projected award amounts to each state and territory. Applications are due by April 23, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACL: Availability of Program Application Instructions for the Title VII, Part C of the Act, Centers for Independent Living (CILs) To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People With Disabilities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the availability of $5 million for grants to Title VII, Part C disability networks to provide critical services to help communities combat COVID-19 and increase vaccine access for people with disabilities. Applications are due by April 23, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Advantage Chronic Care Improvement Program (CCIP) Attestations; 2) Medicare Beneficiary Experiences with Care Survey (MBECS) System; 3) Program Integrity II; 4) Medicare Registration Application; and 5) Organ Procurement Organization/Histocompatibility Laboratory Cost Report. Comments are due by June 8, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC: COVID-19 Telehealth Program; Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers
Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishes rules and processes to further distribute funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to healthcare providers. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provides $249.95 million in new funds for Round 2 of the program to help healthcare providers offer telehealth and connected care services. This rule adopts additional requirements, processes, and application evaluation metrics for Round 2 funding as outlined in the CAA. This rule is effective April 9, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates 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

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

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

Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with a Local Bar Opening Event - Illinois, February 2021
Forty-six cases of COVID-19 were linked to an indoor bar opening event that occurred during February 2021 in a rural Illinois county. Event patrons were linked to secondary cases among household, long-term care facility, and school contacts. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 8, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Community Health Coronavirus [CoV] MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) Transmission COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Restaurants Bars Source Type: news

Contextualizing the association between school climate and student well-being: the moderating role of rurality - Nguyen AJ, McDaniel H, Braun SS, Chen L, Bradshaw CP.
BACKGROUND: In rural communities, understanding and improving school climate may benefit youth facing unique contextual challenges to well-being. As education research rarely focuses on rural schools, we aimed to examine school climate and student well-bei... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Helping Youth Agribusiness Keep Pace with Fast Growing Africa
By Nteranya Sanginga, Aline Mugisho and Seyi MakindeIBADAN, Nigeria, Apr 8 2021 (IPS) From small towns to big cities, sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest urban growth rate in the world. The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050 with the youth representing 60% of the overall population. The UN Department of Global Communication, for example, projects that for the next 15 years urban growth is set to double for several African cities: Dar es Salaam will reach over 13 million inhabitants and Kampala will exceed seven million. Nteranya SangingaAlongside this explosion in urban areas, rural population growt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nteranya Sanginga - Aline Mugisho - Seyi Makinde Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Agricultural Research International I Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 and Updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comments on updates to the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this proposed rule would update the cost-to-charge ratio (CCR) ceiling and urban/rural average CCRs for FY 2022 and make revisions and updates to quality measures and reporting requirements under the IRF quality reporting program. Comments are due by June 7, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021 (FY 2022)
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the FY 2022 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. The proposed rule also updates and clarifies the IPF teaching policy with respect to IPF hospital closures and displaced residents, proposes a technical change to the 2016-based IPF market basket price proxies, and updates quality measures and r...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACL: Aging and Disability Resource Center/No Wrong Door System COVID-19 Vaccine Access Supplemental Funding
The Administration on Community Living plans to make $26,000,000 available in supplemental funding for current Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)/No Wrong Door (NWD) COVID-19 CARES Act grantees. This funding will be used to provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities. Applications are due by April 9, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Postmortem screening of opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol among rural and urban suicide decedents - Bensley KMK, Kerr WC, Barnett SB, Mulia N.
PURPOSE: Fatal suicides involving opioids are increasingly common, particularly in rural areas. As co-use of opioids with other substances contributes significantly to mortality risk, we examined whether positive screens for opioids with other substances i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news