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Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Now Available from COVIDTests.gov

The Biden Administration has launched a website for the public to order at-home COVID-19 tests, at no cost, including shipping.  The site, COVIDTests.gov went live this week, launching with a reported one billion tests to distribute.  Each household is limited to four tests, and the website says orders will ship in 7 to 12 days.  In addition, the administration has announced the pending availability of 400 million N95 masks for U.S. residents.  The masks will come from the Strategic National Stockpile and will be shipped this week to pharmacies and community health centers across the country that have partnered with the federal government on vaccine administration.  Masks will be free, limited to three per person, and available beginning next week. 

 

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National Academy of Medicine Publishes Healthcare Worker Well-Being Resources

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has launched a web-based compendium of well-being resources for healthcare workers, with strategies and tools for both leaders and workers to use to decrease burnout and improve resilience.  The site is organized into six domains, derived from “evidence-based and promising practices" drawn from recommendations from the recent NAM consensus study Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being.

 

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Venture Fund Launched Dedicated to Black Founder-Led Healthcare Companies

A Nashville-based venture capital firm called Jumpstart Health Investors has announced a new $55 million venture fund to support Black founder-led healthcare companies in health IT, digital health, tech-enabled services, diagnostic devices, biotech, medical device manufacturing and consumer health and wellness.  Backed by investments from many healthcare industry leaders, the Jumpstart Nova fund has a goal of increasing equity in the healthcare venture space by supporting the leadership of Black entrepreneurs.

 

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