Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

May 28, 2020

FEMA: Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane SeasonThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing information and guidance for emergency managers and public health officials on FEMA plans to adapt hurricane response and recovery operations related to COVID-19. 

USDA State Fact Sheets on Rural Economy and Population.  The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) frequently provides information on population, income, poverty, and food security, among other economic indicators. Data are available for all States, and for metro/non-metro breakouts within States. Links to county-level data are provided where available. The State Fact Sheets were updated May 13, 2020. Statistics on population and employment/unemployment have been updated with the latest available data (2019).

CRS on Broadband Connectivity and COVID-19: The FCC’s Response.  The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides objective policy and legal analysis to committees and members of the U.S. House and Senate.  For this report, researchers examine regulatory actions taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promote internet connectivity during the pandemic.

The State of Senior Hunger in America: An Annual Report.  Feeding America is a national nonprofit researching and responding to insufficient food resources. In this annual report, the organization provides rates of food insecurity among Americans age 60 or older, with data breakdowns by metropolitan and non-metropolitan settings. A separate report examines food insecurity among adults aged 50-59

A National Transportation Research Nonprofit (TRIP): Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America.  TRIP is a nonprofit organization researching and evaluating economic and technical data on surface transportation issues.  For this report focused on rural America, TRIP examines deficiencies and identifies needed improvements. 

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy FAQs for COVID-19.  A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from our grantees and stakeholders, updated regularly. 

COVID-19 FAQs and Funding for HRSA Programs.  Find all funding and frequently asked questions for programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

CDC COVID-19 Updates.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides daily updates and guidance, and ongoing Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA).

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties.  The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis provides up-to-date data and maps on rural and urban confirmed cases throughout the United States.  An animated map shows the progression of cases beginning January 21.

Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019.  The Rural Health Information Hub has created a guide to help you learn about activities underway to address COVID-19.