Category Archives: Health Care
July 26, 2017
National Strategy for the Opioid Epidemic. When approving a drug for use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should go beyond determining its effectiveness and safety, and consider how disuse could impact individual and public health. That’s the key recommendation in a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine requested by the FDA to address the epidemic. The report’s authors concluded that “years of sustained and coordinated efforts will be required by federal, state and local governments and health-related organizations.” The latest data from the CDC reports more than 90 opioid overdose deaths per day. Rural communities are hit particularly hard with higher prescription rates for chronic pain and illness and limited resources for response and treatment.
Feeding the Elderly. In the first of two reports authorized by the Older Americans Act, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) evaluates how nutrition services programs affect elders’ diet and social connectedness. Compared to those participating in congregate meal programs, ACL finds that elders receiving home-delivered meals are more likely to be older, underweight, and have income below the poverty line. Congregate meal programs are more likely to serve rural elders than home-delivered programs, perhaps given the challenges of transporting hot meals across long distances. The second part of the evaluation, expected in 2018, highlights longer-term health outcomes and the avoidance of institutionalization.
USDA Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) – Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017
July 26, 2017
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA)
Rural Utilities Service, USDA
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced this week that USDA is accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2017 under this window.
The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed as outlined in the Federal Register.
Applicants are encouraged to review the FY 2017 application guide that is available online at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/farm-bill-broadband-loans-loan-guarantees and as found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR part 1738.
More information on how to apply for funding is available on page 34473 of the July 25th Federal Register.