Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

July 30, 2020

National Advisory Group on Rural Health Meets Virtually TodayThe public is invited to join the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services online from noon until 5:00 pm ET July 30, 2020.  The committee of more than 20 rural health experts from across the country convenes twice each year to examine rural health issues and make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Past meetings have covered topics such as Adverse Childhood Experiences, the impact of suicide, and challenges to maternal and obstetric care. 

HHS Coronavirus Data Hub.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) launched a website with data on the COVID-19 response at federal, state, and local levels.  The hub includes estimated and reported hospital capacity by state, with numbers updated daily.

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, including a section specific to rural health care providers, patients, and community-based organizations.  New this week:  COVID-19 Toolkit for Tribal CommunitiesAnd, in its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC estimates that more rural counties have a higher prevalence of five underlying medical conditions – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and obesity – associated with increased risk of severe COVID-19-associated illness. 

GHPC’s Collection of Rural Health Strategies for COVID-19.  With support from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) provides reports, guidance, and innovative strategies gleaned from their technical assistance and peer learning sessions with FORHP grantees.

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 posted a guide to help you learn about activities underway to address COVID-19.  New this week:  Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness a tool developed by the COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group that helps rural healthcare facilities prepare for and respond to a COVID-19 surge.  The tool provides the most up-to-date resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge in a range of healthcare settings (EMS, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care) and covers a range of topics including behavioral health, healthcare operations to telehealth, and more.