Don’t forget to fill out the Census today!
The Census is safe and easy to fill out. To fill out the Census electronically visit the Census website. To fill out the Census over the phone, call (844) 330-2020 for English or (844) 468-2020 for Spanish.
The Census is an important tool for distributing resources and redistributing legislative representation. Funding at the federal and state level for many programs is determined by population counts through the Census.
The COVID-19 crisis reinforces just how important it is to fill out the Census. Much of the federal funding being distributed to states is distributed based on population.
FCC Expands Broadband Access in Response to COVID-19. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced waivers to its Rural Health Care and E-Rate programs to allow for improved internet capacity, Wi-Fi hotspots, networking gear, or other equipment or services during the coronavirus outbreak. Other actions by the FCC related to COVID-19 include more funding for the Rural Health Care program and efforts to keep low-income consumers connected.
Interactive Map: Arizona Households with Computer and Broadband Internet
This GIS interactive map uses U.S. Census, American Community Survey data from 2017 to map access to household computers, broadband internet access, and smartphones. This is at the census tract level, so zoom in to see the data for metropolitan areas. This map created by Kara Haberstock Tanoue, Community Research, Evaluation, & Development (CRED) Team, Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona.
SAMHSA Lists Online Resources for Treatment and Recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a list of help lines, websites, and virtual meeting options to support substance use treatment, as well as resources and information for mental health response to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Toolkit from the National Telehealth Resource Centers. The toolkit explains how telehealth can be used to provide care remotely, as well as what’s covered through public and private insurance.
COVID-19 Resources for Emergency Medical Personnel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a website with resources for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. Separately, the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice updated the Interstate Licensing Compact to allow EMS operations to cross state borders in response to the crisis.
Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019. The Rural Health Information Hub has created a guide to help you learn about activities underway to address COVID-19.
CDC Updates on the Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides daily updates on the Coronavirus with guidance for health providers and local public health officials.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
Wondering what your requirements are as an employer This is easy to understand explanation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act from the U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
This resources and tools page from SHRM has a number of resources for employers to prepare their workforce for issues involving the COVID-19 crisis. If you have issues with accessing any of the resources, please contact Michelle Varcho at email@example.com.
National Rural Health Association (NRHA) COVID-19 Resources
NRHA has compiled information and resources specific to health professionals, safety net facilities, and rural health: https://www.ruralhealthweb.org/programs/resources/covid-19-resources
National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) COVID-19 Resources for Rural Health Clinics
NARHC has compiled numerous articles and PDFs with information to keep Rural Health Clinics up to date on the changes due to Covid-19 at the national level. Many are present on their home page (view scrolling images): https://narhc.org/.
NARCH has also put together a page outlining Rural Health Clinic Relevant Provisions in the CARES Act: https://www.web.narhc.org/News/28268/Rural-Health-Clinic-Relevant-Provisions-in-the-CARES-Act
HUB International Coronavirus Resource Center
HUB International is an insurance/risk management company that has put together some good resources in a lot of different areas that employers may find useful:https://www.hubinternational.com/products/risk-services/hub-crisis-resources/coronavirus-resource-center/
NACHC’s Coronavirus Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
NACHC’s novel coronavirus resource page is a hub for information Community Health Centers can use to strengthen readiness efforts and educate their communities: http://www.nachc.org/coronavirus/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org