To assist you in outreach to Hispanic/Latinx communities with COVID-19 prevention messages, the CDC’s communication tools and resources are currently available in the Spanish language.
COVID-19 Related Health News and Opportunities
This new hub aims to provide high quality, accessible, and timely information related to COVID-19. It augments Healthdata.gov with non-government datasets from academia, nonprofit organizations, industry, hospitals, and facilities reporting from all 50 states and territories.
Did you know vaccines do not contain live viruses and cannot cause SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19 illness? The website for the Coronavirus Prevention Network provides an insightful summary of the different stages of clinical studies for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Volunteers can help to make important progress in fighting COVID-19 and preventing death from the disease by participate in a Clinical Trial for a COVID Vaccine and by encouraging those who have beaten COVID to donate their antibody-rich blood to help others fighting the disease.
*Learn more about the Framework for Equitable Vaccine Distribution currently underway.
About 46 million Americans live in rural areas and are facing distinctive challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC updated its information on rural communities and their response to the crisis.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19, including new funding, enhanced testing, and additional technical assistance and support.
CDC released new science-based resources and tools for school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, and caregivers when schools open this fall.
FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol, but have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening when ingested.
CDC released information on how to make a handwashing solution in low-resource settings globally.
Telehealth During COVID-19
Telehealth 101: Wed., July 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. EDT Register here
This first of three planned HHS/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) webinars will be aimed at helping community-based organizations use telehealth more effectively. The August webinar will look at telehealth promising practices and address challenges in serving at-risk and disadvantaged populations. The third webinar, in September, will address barriers to access and how to overcome physical constraints and limited service issues.
The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) compiled the most frequently-asked questions and requested resources about Telehealth into a COVID-19 Toolkit.
CDC updated information on the use of telehealth in low resource non-U.S. settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
E- Learning Opportunities, Calls, and Conversations
CMS sponsors regularly scheduled “Open Door Forums” to provide an opportunity for live dialogue between CMS and the stakeholder community at large. These forums are intended for all stakeholders who interact with CMS or work with consumers who rely on services that CMS provides. Sign up here.
Thurs. Aug. 6, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EDT, Register here
Whether it be out of fear, stigma, or a need to protect, caregivers who provide for the needs of loved ones with mental illness often shoulder the many and misunderstood challenges that accompany a diagnosis. This webinar is the third in a series highlighting the Center’s recently launched Compassion in Action Guide.
Community Health News
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law; this landmark civil rights law affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability. Learn more about this sweeping legislation that prohibits discrimination by local and state governments, provides standards for privately owned businesses and commercial facilities, against discrimination in the workplace, and ensures equal access to healthcare, social services, transportation, and telecommunications.
CDC posted a notice in the Federal Register to solicit input from several stakeholder groups on the management of chronic and acute pain. Opportunity closes: Aug., 21, 2020.
New PPP Deadline and Grant Opportunities
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide direct incentives for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. New deadline to apply: Aug. 8, 2020.
MP-CPI-20-005: This HHS initiative will serve low-income working families disproportionately at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including racial and ethnic minority families. It will seek to determine whether implementation of earned income tax credit (EITC) outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs can result in increased EITC receipt and/or changes in risk/protective factors for ACEs. Closing Date: Aug., 17, 2020.
FR-6400-N-39: This program provides support to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and have disabilities. Application Deadline: Aug. 18, 2020.
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Ranchers and Veteran Farmers
OPPE-014: USDA is making approx. $15 million available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE). Closing date: Aug. 26, 2020.
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides direct relief to agricultural producers, including farmers and ranchers, who have faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Closing date: Aug. 28, 2020.
HRSA-21-045: The purpose of HHS’s Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is to improve women’s health across the lifespan. Closing date: Oct. 5, 2020.
HRSA-21-031: The purpose of this program is to support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services. Closing date: Oct. 6, 2020.