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CDC releases "Rural Considerations for Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Strategies"

CDC releases "Rural Considerations for Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Strategies"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released another COVID-related rural resource that may be of interest. A “Rural Considerations” addendum was recently added to its field guide for conducting a Rapid Community Assessment (RCA). An RCA is a process for quickly collecting community insights about a public health issue in order to inform program design. The assessment involves reviewing existing data and conducting community-based interviews, listening sessions, observations, social listening, and surveys. In addition to the rural considerations addendum, the

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Jessica Zimmerman on Rural Health Leadership Radio

Rural Medical Centers has clinics located in mountains where there is no internet or cell service, and in the middle of a tomato field. As you might imagine, they have a few challenges providing healthcare services. You can listen to a very interesting conversation with Jessica Zimmerman and Alexis Andino who are both with Rural Medical Services in East Tennessee.

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Updated K-12 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

The following information was an update made by the CDC on January 6, 2022: The CDC has updated guidance for K-12 schools to align with the updated quarantine and isolation guidance.

Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others. Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.

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Tennessee Department of Health Updates

The following are updates in effect January 2022 from the Tennessee Department of Health, including the reportable disease list, updated Electronic Case Reporting (eCR), and Syndromic Surveillance declaration of readiness. 

Tennessee 2022 List of Reportable Diseases

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COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement Guidelines

Please see the following links provided by the Department of Health Office of Minority Health for the COVID-19 vaccine invoice reimbursement guidelines for the community-based vaccine activities.  Also, attached please find the invoice template, invoice example and personnel expense template that organizations will need to complete and submit for reimbursement. 

The organization that is submitting for reimbursement will need to be setup as a vendor with the State of Tennessee first.  A blank W-9 form is attached and a hand signature is required. 

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