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The Collective for Health Equity and Well-Being

Cooperative Extension’s Collective for Health Equity and Well-Being is a community of Extension personnel and their partners united by their shared commitment to advancing health equity and well-being. Members work together to support the implementation of Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being (2021) to ensure that all people can be as healthy as they can be.

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COVID-19 Positive Test and Testing Rates by State

Roger Rennekamp ·
The percentage of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and the number of tests administered each day per 1,000 people have been cited as important benchmarks for determining when it is safe to ease social distancing policies or reopen economies. A positive test rate of under 10% and conducting 1.52 tests per 1,000 people day have been cited by various health officials as important benchmarks to be achieved before such actions are taken While several states are below the positive test...
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The Next Pandemic: Mental Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was a threat to our physical health. The second wave was an economic crisis. According to a recent article published on Saturday in EdSurge, the third will be a mental health crisis. In the article, the authors suggest that roughly 25 percent of isolated children or adults can be expected to experience post-traumatic stress following a health-related pandemic. Early signs suggest that the current pandemic will be no different, with even higher rates of...
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New Harris Poll Finds Teens Are Struggling with Mental Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
A new survey commissioned by National 4‑H Council, and conducted by the Harris Poll, finds that 7 in 10 teens are struggling with their mental health in the wake of COVID-19. More than half of those surveyed shared that the pandemic has increased their feelings of loneliness, with 64 percent believing it will have a lasting impact on their mental health. The survey, conducted in May 2020, is among the first to examine the impact this unprecedented public health crisis has had on U.S. teens.
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Counties step up mental health services in time of COVID

Roberta Riportella ·
https://www.naco.org/articles/counties-step-mental-health-services As the tolls of physical distancing and economic uncertainty, along with anxiety resulting from the many unknowns of the novel coronavirus, add up to emotional stress and turmoil, effective mental health services have proven crucial to keeping residents functioning while they wait out a return to a somewhat familiar life. Nearly one-third of Americans have been reporting signs of anxiety or depression since the pandemic...
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2021 Culture of Health Prize

Roger Rennekamp ·
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is officially accepting applications for the 2021 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. An annual award, the RWJF Culture of Health Prize elevates and honors communities that are at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. Winners receive a $25,000 prize and the chance to share their accomplishments with the nation. The application deadline is October 15, 2020. Visit https://rwjf.ws/3gpC5G3 to learn more.
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Broadband Access as a Determinant of Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
"Now, more than ever, broadband Internet access (BIA) must be recognized as a social determinant of health. Disparities in access should be treated as a public health issue because they affect the health of people and communities where they live, learn, work and play. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that lack of BIA influences each of the six social determinant of health domains defined by the American Medical Association. It also affects an additional domain, which is particularly...
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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps - COVID-19 Response and Recovery Resources

Roger Rennekamp ·
Although you are undoubtedly familiar with the County Heath Rankings and Roadmaps , you may not be aware of a new section their website which includes a collection of COVID-19 response and recovery resources . As communities across the nation transition from response to recovery, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team has pulled together a “one-stop shop” on where people and organizations can find: What Works for Health COVID-19 Strategies: Curated evidence-informed strategies—...
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American Journal of Public Health Includes Commentary of Cooperative Extension

Roger Rennekamp ·
Cooperative Extension is the subject of an article in a forthcoming special issue of the American Journal of Public Health focused on rural health. The commentary, co-authored by David Buys and Roger Rennekamp, "advances the notion that Extension, by working hand-in-hand with public health professionals, has an important role to play in addressing the health needs of rural communities." The article highlights five key steps that Extension can take with its public health partners to improve...
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Key Findings from the 4-H Youth Mental Health Survey

Roger Rennekamp ·
Together with the Harris Poll, National 4-H Council examined the impact of the public health crisis on the mental health of teens - from the perspective of teens themselves. If you missed the recent webinar to share the findings of the study, you can view the recording of the webinar here . As a result of COVID-19, millions of young people are facing unprecedented implications for their growth and development. These survey findings underscore the importance of our work as Extension...
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National Academy of Medicine - Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans

Roger Rennekamp ·
As part of its Culture of Health Program , earlier this year the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released a model for developing Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans , as well as Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans developed by groups from across the country with facilitation from the NAM. The model and completed plans are intended to serve as resources for communities as well as state and national organizers interested in advancing health equity at the community level. The...
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The Moral Determinants of Health

David Young ·
The source of what the philosopher Immanuel Kant called “the moral law within” may be mysterious, but its role in the social order is not. In any nation short of dictatorship some form of moral compact, implicit or explicit, should be the basis of a just society. Without a common sense of what is “right,” groups fracture and the fragments wander. Science and knowledge can guide action; they do not cause action. No scientific doubt exists that, mostly, circumstances outside health care...
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Healthy People 2030 Launch

Roger Rennekamp ·
On August 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. During the webcast, we’ll highlight the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives and provide an overview of the development process. We’ll also feature guest speakers from HHS who will discuss Healthy People 2030 data, social determinants...
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Alzheimer's Risk Factors May Be Measurable in Adolescents and Young Adults

Roger Rennekamp ·
Risk factors for Alzheimer’s dementia may be apparent as early as our teens and 20s, according to new research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2020. These risk factors, many of which are disproportionately apparent in African Americans, include heart health factors — such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes — and social factors like education quality. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures...
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Count on Me NC Helps Businesses Reopen

Sarah Kirby ·
Although COVID-19 continues to spread, businesses are beginning to re-open to the public. As they do, it is essential that they do so in a safe, thoughtful, and science-supported manner. In North Carolina, the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, NC DHHS, Visit NC, and NC State Extension have collaborated to create Count on Me NC. This public health initiative provides retail food establishments, businesses, and their visitors/guests with training and guidance needed to keep individuals...
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Immigrants and Rural Economies Weathering the Pandemic Together

Roger Rennekamp ·
Immigrant workers and their families are a dynamic force behind recent population upturns or stabilization across rural America. In fact, between 2010 and 2016, immigrants from around the world were responsible for 37 percent of net rural population growth. Rural communities that rely on the economic drivers of tourism and recreation and essential services like health care and food production have been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. Due to multiple risk and systemic factors, the many...
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NEW Health Equity Blog Series from the National Health Law Program

David Young ·
Health Equity: A Blog Series The Coronavirus pandemic has upended life for people across the United States and the world. But the experience and severity are not equal. In the United States, deep inequities, rooted in a history of exploitation and maltreatment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), are making the COVID crisis worse. Intersecting communities of people, including people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women, have been systematically “otherized” to the...
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Putting COVID into an upstream public health perspectives

Roberta Riportella ·
This is a well cited article (author Yong has been on national news shows) detailing what has gone wrong: ""almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable. A sluggish response by a government denuded of expertise allowed the coronavirus to gain a foothold. Chronic underfunding of public health neutered the nation’s ability to prevent the pathogen’s spread. A bloated, inefficient health-care system left hospitals ill-prepared for the...
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Broadband Internet Access is a Social Determinant of Health!

Pat Bebo ·
A recent article published in the American Journal of Public Health argued that in our new world order, lack of interent access affects the health of people and communities . More now than ever interent access is critical for routine health care access, economic stability, education, physical health and well-being, information and more. Three years ago the FCC was urged to consider BIA a social determinant of health. The pandemic has laid bare the limitations and inequities of the current...
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Millennum Health Signals Report - COVID-19 Special Edition

David Young ·
Background • Public health officials across the country are reporting spikes in drug overdose deaths that appear to be associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 30 states reporting increases in opioid-involved overdose deaths primarily related to illicit fentanyl1 • Public health emergencies typically affect communities and individuals in a variety of ways, including economic loss and instability, emotional or physical isolation, additional stressors from mass at-home confinement, and...
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Tomorrow! Healthy People 2030 Virtual Launch

Roger Rennekamp ·
Friendly Reminder! On August 18, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. During the webcast, we’ll highlight the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives and provide an overview of the development process. We’ll also feature guest speakers from HHS who will discuss Healthy People 2030 data,...
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eXtension Fellowships in Health and Well Being

Roger Rennekamp ·
I am pleased to announce that we have initiated a search to fill two open eXtension fellowships focused on health and well being. The work of the fellows will broadly focus on building the capacity of the Cooperative Extension System to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to experience optimal health and well being across the lifespan. Much of this will be accomplished through a Connect Extension subgroup where fellows will work as a team to foster identification and sharing of...
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The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being

Roger Rennekamp ·
Well Being means thriving in every aspect of life and having opportunities to create meaningful futures. The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being is a useful framework for conceptualizing holistic well-being and the Conditions that give rise to it, as well as identifying levers for community change and improvement. It brings together major determinants of health, exposing how parts of a multi-faceted whole work as a system to produce population well-being. This framework helps users...
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AJPH Special Feature on Rural Health + Tell us About Your Preferred Journals

Dr. Rennekamp recently alerted you all to a commentary he and I co-authored in the American Journal of Public Health. I wanted to also promote the broader collection with which that publication was associated. There are 16 articles on rural health! You may find them HERE . Many are open access, including these: A Public Health Lens on Rural Health COVID-19 Reveals Emerging Opportunities for Rural Public Health The Intergenerational Cycles of Rural Health The State of Rural Public Health:...
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Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity invite you to the 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum on September 11, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. This year’s theme is Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health. The goal of the 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum is to examine ethical considerations relating to place-based public health approaches in rural areas...
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Just Released - 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

Roger Rennekamp ·
The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection Alcohol and other drug use Tobacco use Unhealthy dietary behaviors Inadequate physical activity The YRBSS includes...
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National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health - Apply Now

Roger Rennekamp ·
Applications are now being accepted from communities interested in participating in the tenth cohort of the The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH). NLAPH helps teams of leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their capacity to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity . Agile leadership is more important than ever in these uncertain times. We need leaders who can adapt to...
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Cooperative Extension- National Diabetes Prevention Program Interest Group

Ali Berg ·
Diabetes is one of the most common and costly chronic conditions, a leading cause of death in the US, and a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19. Thus, strategies to prevent diabetes are essential for protecting the health of the nation. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a partnership between public and private organizations aimed at reducing the prevalence of diabetes through evidence-based, cost-effective interventions that promote weight management through healthy...
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APHA Annual Meeting Deadline Extended to September 10

Roger Rennekamp ·
If you have never attended the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) because of the added cost of travel, meals, and lodging then this may be your year to attend the all-virtual conference. Better yet, workshops will be available on-demand after the conference, so you won't have to chose among sessions in the same time block. This is a big conference with over 1,000 concurrent sessions. For more information, visit https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
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New member

Molly Soeby ·
Hello, I am excited to join this group. I am a Master Trainer Select for the NDPP. I am located at North Dakota State University. My background is laboratory science. I managed a diabetes center in a health care system for 12 years and have been teaching the NDPP for about 12 years. I have also been involved in research for diabetes prevention utilizing the group medical visit. Molly J .Soeby, MPA, CPHC, MT, SC (ASCP)
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Mental Health First Aid - Teen Version

Roger Rennekamp ·
The National Council for Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications to become implementing sites of teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA). This new version of Mental Health First Aid specifically for teens is an evidence-based training that was brought to the United States in partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. It teaches high school students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades how to identify, understand and help their friends...
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Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy

Roger Rennekamp ·
You are cordially invited to attend Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy , a virtual conference, on October 2, 2020. In partnership with the Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law and the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University, ChangeLab Solutions is convening advocates and stakeholders from the fields of public health, law, health care, and advocacy to share diverse perspectives; build...
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Equity is the Focus of the Revised "10 Essential Public Health Services"

Roger Rennekamp ·
As part of The Futures Initiative: the 10 Essential Public Health Services , the de Beaumont Foundation, Public Health National Center for Innovations, and a Task Force of public health experts revealed a revised version of the 10 Essential Public Health Services on September 9, 2020. The framework now centers equity and incorporates current and future public health practice. A recording of the launch event , including the Q&A, is available for viewing. Update your organization's website...
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Connect Extension Virtual Chat: Health Equity and Its Implications for Extension Practice

Roger Rennekamp ·
Click here at 1 PM ET on September 24th to Enter The Chat! According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) a health disparity exists when one group bears a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality relative to another as a result of conditions closely linked to social, economic, or environmental disadvantage. Conversely, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) defines health equity as a desired state where “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as...
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Racism is a Public Health Crisis - Online Lecture by Camara Phyllis Jones

Roger Rennekamp ·
Camara Phyllis Jones will deliver Oregon State University's Tammy Bray Leadership Lecture on Friday, October 2 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Pacific Time Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, Ph.D., MPH is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She is a past president of the American Public Health Association and was the 2019-2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced...
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Obesity and its impact on health including COVID-19 risks

Sonja Koukel ·
health coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic obesity medical
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How can we communicate in a fun and effective way?

Ashley Yaugher ·
Communication is a topic that is on our minds a lot more than usual these days. Whether you’re struggling to communicate effectively with the family members you’ve been stuck inside with for months, trying to find ways to connect with far away loved ones , or just finding yourself more stressed out and not as good at getting along as you usually are , we’ve got some ideas on how you can use fun to create more effective communication. Harness the Power of Play Use Family Game Night to Improve...
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Using Healthy People 2030 to Address Social Determinants of Health and Achieve Health Equity

Roger Rennekamp ·
Join the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the American Public Health Association for this webinar discussing how local governments, non-profits and national organizations have used Healthy People in the past and how they can use Healthy People 2030 to address the social determinants of health in their communities. Speakers include Georges Benjamin, MD - Executive Director, American Public Health Association CAPT Paul Reed - Acting Director, Office of Disease Prevention...
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CDC's COVID-19 Tracker Now Reports Data by Urban-Rural Classification

Roger Rennekamp ·
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Tracker is a tool for sharing maps, charts, and data about COVID-19. COVID-19 Tracker now reports trends in COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates by 2013 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for Counties. This scheme classifies all counties in the U.S. into one of six metropolitan categories (4 metropolitan, 1 micropolitan, 1 non-core). Users can focus on one or more of the urban-rural...
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Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations

Roger Rennekamp ·
Social determinants of health are defined by the World Health Organization as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age." For rural populations, many of these elements are less favorable than within urban areas. Building on work conducted by the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, this presentation will review some of the key elements associated with health across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility...
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The Tale of Two Crises: The Opioid Crisis and COVID-19

Ashley Yaugher ·
By: Chapel Taylor-Olsen, BA, Health & Wellness Coordinator & Dr. Ashley Yaugher, Health & Wellness Faculty, HEART Initiative; Utah State University Extension The opioid crisis has been claiming thousands of American lives per year for decades. Now, this healthcare crisis is colliding with a new threat sweeping the world: the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This article reviews the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Americans; unique impacts on people with opioid use disorder...
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Melding Health and Equity in Rural Places

Roger Rennekamp ·
"Hospitals and clinics are critical institutions in rural places not only because they provide essential healthcare and well-being services, but because they are major employers and community anchors. But not all health systems see themselves as opportunity makers. What does it take for rural healthcare systems to make economic development and building healthy communities part of their work? Resourceful and committed rural American health innovators are taking a fresh look at a wider range...
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National Health Outreach Conference - Hold the Date

Roger Rennekamp ·
Mark your calendars for the 2021 National Health Outreach Conference! The conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition,...
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HRSA National Rural Health Day - November 19

Roger Rennekamp ·
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a variety of events throughout the week of November 16 to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD) on November 19. While these events are open to the public, registration is required for some events. NRHD is HRSA’s opportunity to showcase the work and accomplishments across the agency supporting rural health. For more information and a a schedule of events for each day, visit ...
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Diabetes in America

LaToya O'Neal ·
The month of November is American Diabetes Month. Like most national health observances, this month is meant to promote awareness of and increase support for reducing the burden associated with this chronic condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report which is a periodic publication that provides estimates of diabetes and prediabetes, information on risk factors and associated complications, and describes the...
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Death Rates from COVID-19 Growing Fastest in Rural America

Roger Rennekamp ·
An article by published yesterday in STAT online included alarming information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in rural communities. "As the U.S. heads toward a third peak in the pandemic, rural counties are among the areas most severely affected by Covid-19. While their absolute numbers of cases are still relatively small compared with large cities, case rates and death rates are growing fastest in rural counties . This is especially worrisome because characteristics associated with poor...
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Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine Development, Approval, Allocation and Distribution

Roger Rennekamp ·
The American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine are jointly sponsoring a webinar on the development, approval, allocation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will begin with an introduction from the session's moderator, Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg , former FDA commissioner, and then feature a conversation with a panel of experts, including: Larry Corey , President and Director Emeritus, Fred...
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Celebrating "Can Do" Spirit on National Rural Health Day

Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov ·
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face, and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural...
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REPOST: With a Focus on Equity, Geography No Longer Has To Be Destiny

Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov ·
By Olugbenga Ajilore and Katrina Badger November 19, 2020, 3:51 pm This article was originally posted on The Center for American Progress website and is reposted here with permission. To read the full article visit https://ampr.gs/3pJaNQ6 . Regardless of where people in the United States live—rural, urban, or somewhere in between—the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their lives and livelihoods . Certain groups are suffering disproportionately, including people of color, workers with low...
 

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