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Due to COVID-19, CRH will continue working remotely until further notice.

Rural COVID-19 Update
May 21, 2020

The Center for Rural Health (CRH) has created this weekly e-newsletter as well as a COVID-19 webpage to keep people informed about what the CRH is doing to help during the pandemic.

News & Resources

COVID-19's Current Impact on Rural Healthcare Delivery: Q&A with Brock Slabach
The Rural Health Information Hub's most recent Rural Monitor article features an interview with Brock Slabach, the National Rural Health Association's Senior Vice President for Member Services. From 1135 waivers to telehealth to funding, he discusses the impact of COVID-19 on rural healthcare organizations.

Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a new toolkit to help nursing homes, governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies that provide oversight and assistance to these facilities with additional resources to aid in the COVID-19 fight in nursing homes. The toolkit includes best practices from a variety of front line healthcare providers, governors' COVID-19 task forces, and other organizations and experts.

U.S. COVID-19 Dashboard by NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has updated the COVID-19 dashboard to allow users to view the number of confirmed cases within the context of their counties' overall population. It highlights "hot spots," where the number of cases is high compared to the population. It also reports the percentage of the state population that has been tested as well as the percentage of positive cases.

Employer Toolkit: Behavioral Health Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Employers have a unique ability and responsibility to support the behavioral health of employees as they navigate this challenging time. Having your team know you are here to support them can make a world of difference in their physical and behavioral health.

Health Departments: Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan
This interim guidance document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is meant to help state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments develop jurisdictional plans for the implementation and enhancement of COVID-19 case investigation and contract tracing efforts.

How to Work from Home – Comfortably
This article from the BBC offers tips on how to set up your home office space ergonomically.


June 2, 2020
Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19
This webinar, hosted by the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, will provide tools and resources for rural primary care providers to implement suicide screening and referral systems, considerations for billing during relaxed COVID-19 regulations, and an overview of existing local, state, and national networks.