Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Updates

November 12, 2020

HRSA Celebrates National Rural Health Day. HRSA will recognize National Rural Health Day started 10 years ago by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. A series of events, all available to the public online, is meant to bring your attention to the great things happening in rural communities to improve quality and access to health care.  The full schedule of events held by federal and local partners can be found in the headline link. Look for more detail in links marked NRHD in the Events section below, and please make note of the sessions on Thursday, November 19, including a kick-off from HRSA administrator Tom Engels at 10:00 am and a talk from three FORHP grantees about COVID-19 efforts.   

HHS Launches KidneyX COVID-19 Kidney Care Challenge. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new project to address the higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 for people with kidney disease. With encouragement to communities that face health disparities,  the Challenge invites new solutions from entities or individuals that can reduce the impact of pandemic without requiring significant time, expertise, money, or other resources from the patient.