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June 02, 2020

Report religious discrimination

Call the Civil Rights Division to Report Religious Discrimination | 202-514-4609
If you would like to report any sort of religious discrimination to the U.S. Department of Justice, please use this phone number or link above.  Despite what it says at the webpage, it does NOT just have to involve zoning or land use.  It can be any issue related to religious liberty.

June 01, 2020

Updated Guidance from the CDC

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CDC released age-adjusted rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations by race and ethnicity for the first time. This information is critical to identifying and addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority populations.

 

Guidance for Faith Communities

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a Guidance for Communities of Faith.  For updates on the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) dedicated website. Also available in Spanish.

 

CDC Provides Update on How COVID-19 Spreads

On its updated webpage the CDC says COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Learn more and keep updated here.

 

Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families

This guidance is for individuals and families as they work with funeral directors, community and religious leaders, and others to plan and hold funeral services and visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Guidance for Households Living in Close Quarters

This guidance is intended for people living together in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families.

 

Updated Guidance for Individuals with Disabilities Living in Group Homes: 

CDC updated their Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities. Group homes (GHs) for people with disabilities can vary in size from small to larger congregate settings. In congregate living settings, several factors may facilitate the introduction and spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these factors include residents employed outside the home, residents who require close contact with staff or Direct Service Providers, residents who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, and residents in shared living spaces. In addition, GH residents who have  underlying medical conditions may be at risk of serious illness with COVID-19.

 

Screening Clients for COVID-19 at Homeless Shelters or Encampments 

This screening tool may be used to identify people with possible symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although not every person who has symptoms will have COVID-19, conducting daily screenings consisting of a series of simple questions can help identify people who may need medical care or isolation

June 01, 2020

Webinars – HHS faith-based office

The Federal Response to COVID-19: Supporting Care for Substance Use Disorder in Rural America

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 3:00 PM ET, Register: https://ems9.intellor.com/?do=register&t=1&p=901587 

Tomorrow, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Senior Administration Officials will host a briefing call for rural stakeholders to provide an overview of the policy changes, resources, and funding that have been made available to support rural communities impacted by substance use disorder during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

**And, in case you missed it HHS and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) collaborated recently to host a Rural Health and COVID-19 webinar.  The recording is available here

 

COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Register: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Pl52MF_PSliWhuZCK78B_Q 

The CDC in partnership with the NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) will host this webinar focused on the actions cities are taking to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities.

 

Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series:

Part 4: Connecting Spirituality to Mental Health Services in the Midst of the Crisis

Wed., June 9, Noon ET, Register: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_I6AuMaNgT1SZwF53oNl1UA 

View earlier episodes in the series https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3FfsYX5-BKD8VgGGsNOcA 

This fourth episode in the Partnership Centers webinar series on Mental Health in the time of COVID-19 will highlight why and how mental health professionals can, if helpful, engage the spiritual and religious beliefs of their clients in their treatment protocols. 

June 01, 2020

The Federal Response to COVID-19: Supporting Care for Substance Use Disorder in Rural America

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 3:00 PM ET, Register here. 

Tomorrow, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Senior Administration Officials will host a briefing call for rural stakeholders to provide an overview of the policy changes, resources, and funding that have been made available to support rural communities impacted by substance use disorder during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

**And, in case you missed it HHS and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) collaborated recently to host a Rural Health and COVID-19 webinar.  The recording is available here

May 29, 2020

HHS Updates

HHS Awards $15 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities
“President Trump stands with Tribal nations across the country as they grapple with COVID-19 in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Today’s funding gives Tribes critical support to build up their capacity for fighting COVID-19, boost testing capabilities, increase purchases of PPE, and hire and pay the personnel they need.”

 

Letter on Encouraging Family Support
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) along with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS released a letter to encourage family support, maternal and child health, and early childhood programs (including Head Start, home visiting, early intervention, and other early care and learning programs) to promote family strengthening and prevention strategies via virtual, electronic, telephonic, or other safe means during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Protecting Life in Global Health Policy (PLGHP)
The Protecting Life in Global Health Policy (PLGHP) initiative negotiates health policy at multilateral settings where policies are debated and set, like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN). PLGHP focuses the international discourse around four main pillars, building coalitions to achieve: (1) better health for women, (2) the preservation of human life, (3) strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society, and (4) protecting every nation's national sovereignty in global politics.

 

FDA Provides New Tool to Aid Development and Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests That Detect SARS-CoV-2 Infection
“We are continuously evaluating our policies and approaches on diagnostic tests during this pandemic, including addressing poorly performing tests. We are committed to remaining flexible and providing more resources to developers as necessary, based on our regulatory expertise, real-world experience, and data, in order to protect and promote public health,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

May 29, 2020

Partnership Center Webinar Series “Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19”

  • Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Part 1: “Preparing Leaders to Address the Challenges,” Watch HERE

  • Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Part 2: “When Trauma, Fear, and Anxiety Become Overwhelming,” Watch HERE

  • Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Part 3: “Task-shifting to Address Increasing Challenges,” Watch HERE

  • Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19 Part 4: “Connecting Spirituality to Mental Health Services in the Midst of the Crisis,” June 9th at 12 pm ET. Register Here.

May 27, 2020

Administration Announces Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D to Provide Better Coverage and Increase Access for Medicare Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized requirements that will increase access to telehealth for seniors in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, expand the types of supplemental benefits available for beneficiaries with an MA plan who have chronic diseases, provide support for more MA options for beneficiaries in rural communities, and expand access to MA for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

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