SD County Health Department Awarded $24 Million for COVID-19 for Health Equity – NBC 7 San Diego

The San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services Agency was awarded practically $24.3 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to handle COVID-19-related well being disparities, it was introduced Thursday.

The CDC awarded California well being businesses $195.6 million for that objective — a part of a $2.25 billion nationwide funding in search of to advance well being fairness. It is the CDC’s largest funding thus far to enhance well being fairness within the United States, based on the company, and is funded by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

“These grants exhibit our steadfast dedication to preserving fairness on the middle of all the things we do,” stated CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky. They are an necessary step in our unwavering efforts to strengthen our communities’ readiness for public well being emergencies — and to serving to everybody in America has equal alternatives for well being.”

The meant outcomes of the grants are to cut back COVID-19-related well being disparities, enhance and enhance testing and speak to tracing amongst populations which can be at larger danger and are underserved — together with racial and ethnic minority teams and other people residing in rural communities — and enhance state, native, U.S. territorial and freely related state well being division capability and companies to forestall and management COVID-19 an infection.

“The pandemic has laid bare longstanding health inequities, and health departments are on the front line of efforts to address those inequities,” said Dr. Jose T. Montero, director of CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. “These grants will present these well being departments with much-needed help to handle disparities in communities that want it most.”

Other recipients include Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, which had been awarded $27.2 million, $22.9 million and $23.4 million, respectively.

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