Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Millions for Public Health

HHS and CDC have awarded $42.5 million for 94 projects to help improve public health services. The funding made possible through the “Prevention and Public Health Fund” created by the Affordable Care Act, will be distributed through cooperative agreements to 49 states, eight federally recognized tribes, Washington D.C., nine large local health departments, five territories, and three Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions.

The funding will help health departments build and implement capacity, for training, expand public health staff and community leaders, improve networking, coordination, and cross jurisdictional cooperation, disseminate, implement, and evaluate public health’s best and most promising practices, and build a national network of performance improvement managers.

The highest funding amounts are going to:

• Cherokee Nation ($1,760,128)
• Florida State Department of Health ($2, 060,128)
• Hawaii State Department of Health ($1,100,000)
• Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ($1,859,950)
• Maine State Department of Health and Human Services ($1,758,786)
• Massachusetts State Department of Public Health ($1,960,128)
• Minnesota State Department of Health ($1,960,128)
• Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services ($1,200,000)
• New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior services ($1,638, 751)
• New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ($2,060,128)
• Oregon State Department of Health Services ($1,860,128)
• Pacific Island Health Officers Association ($1,660,128)
• Philadelphia Department of Public Health ($1,118,493)
• Tennessee State Department of Health ($1,296,995)
• Vermont State Department of Health ($1,100,000)
• West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources ($1,200,000)
• Wisconsin State Department of Health Services ($1,960,129)

In response to the CDC’s original funding announcement for “Public Health Systems and Infrastructure” projects in July 2010, CDC received more than 140 applications from health departments seeking funds through the cooperative agreement.

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