HHS on Thursday announced new public health and prevention grants worth a total of as much as $137 million.
HHS announces $137 million in public-health grants
The grants will support state and local efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections, strengthen public-health laboratory and immunization services, provide substance-abuse prevention and treatment, and promote tobacco cessation, according to an HHS news release.
Grant recipients' programs are supported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grants themselves are funded largely through the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the release.
"With these funds, CDC is strengthening our ability to prevent and combat diseases and keep Americans safe against expensive and dangerous public health threats," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in the release.
Among the awards announced are $1.5 million to evaluate and prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and reduce cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections. In addition, an outlay of $2.6 million will support emerging-infections programs working to improve disease monitoring and boost laboratory capacity, professional development and training and information technology development. Immunization programs will receive more than $42 million to enhance immunization information registries and support a host of other adult and child immunization initiatives.
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