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May 19 Deadline for Media Scholarship Opportunity

The American Association of People with Disabilities is accepting applications for the 2022 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships, awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing careers in media, communications, or entertainment industries.  Read more and apply by  May 19 .

The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act

On April 28, 2022, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5th), Jim Banks (R-IN-3rd) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2nd)  introduced The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act . “Quality-adjusted life years” (QALYs) are a metric used to determine the cost-effectiveness of medications and treatment in healthcare. The metric is a subjective quality of life standard that anticipates a person’s lifespan. The use of QALYs can lead to denying medications and treatment to those with disabilities throughout their life course, from childhood to adulthood. Currently, only Medicare is prohibited from using QALYs. The bill would expand access to treatment and prevent discrimination against people with disabilities by prohibiting the use of QALYs in all federal programs. In 2019, the  National Council on Disability  issued the report  Quality-Adjusted Life Years and the Devaluation of Life with Disability . The report outlines the evidence of the discriminatory effects of QALYs and examples of

HRSA Awards Nearly $25 Million to Expand Access to School-Based Health Services

May 3 -  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $25 million to improve and strengthen access to school-based health services in communities across the country. Awards will support local partnerships between schools and health centers to provide children and youth the comprehensive physical and mental health care they need. “When students are healthy, they are able to learn, grow, and thrive,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Our nation’s youth have endured many challenges navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are committed to ensuring they have the support they need. Today we’re investing in school-based health care to meet families where they are and make sure children have easy access to care – including mental health support.” Read the release .

CNF's Digital Access Program is Open

Digital Access is families' avenue to telehealth and resources.  The Digital Divide program is giving families with children with neurological conditions a refurbished Chromebook, and if applicable, a hotspot for a year. Apply Now

Infant Formula Safety Tips

  From USDA Food and Nutrition Service Some steps to ensure the safety of infant formula include: Choose an infant formula that’s safe.  For more information on choosing an infant formula that’s safe, visit the  CDC  and  FDA  pages on the topic. Don’t make homemade infant formula.  See the  FDA’s page  for more information. Do not buy formula online that comes from outside the United States.  This formula could be   counterfeit , for example it might have a fake label with a wrong use-by-date. Properly prepare and store infant formula.  For information on proper preparation and storage, visit the  CDC’s page . Properly clean, sanitize, and store infant feeding items.  Visit the  CDC’s page  for more information. Always wash your hands.  For information on how and when to wash your hands, visit the  CDC’s page .