Twelve New Hampshire communities will use federal grants to join a new bioterrorism alert network connected to the state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six of the communities already are on line. "Surrounding us are small towns with few having health officers; that's where this program becomes really valuable," said Laura Viger, community services director and health officer for the 10,000-resident city of Berlin, which will use its share of the money, about $3,000, to enhance information systems. Separately, HHS awarded $900,000 in grants for community health centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Northwest Community Nursing and Health Service, Pascoag, R.I., will receive $499,200 to create a new health center, and Community Health Center, Middletown, Conn., will receive $400,000 for an expansion. -- by Jeff Tieman
States win grants for alert network, health centers
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