County health department awarded $ 24.3 million by CDC for viral health equity


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services Agency has received nearly $ 24.3 million from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address disparities in health related to COVID-19, it was announced Thursday.

The CDC has awarded California health agencies $ 195.6 million for this purpose, as part of a $ 2.25 billion national investment to advance health equity. It is the CDC’s largest investment to date to improve health equity in the United States, according to the agency, and is funded by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

“These grants demonstrate our unwavering commitment to keeping fairness at the center of everything we do,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky. “They are an important step in our continued efforts to strengthen the preparedness of our communities for public health emergencies – and to help everyone in America have a level playing field in health.”

The intended results of the grants are to reduce health disparities linked to COVID-19, improve and increase testing and contact tracing among high-risk and underserved populations – including minority groups. racial and ethnic and people living in rural communities – and to improve the capabilities and services of state, local, territorial and freely associated departments of health to prevent and control COVID-19 infection.

“The pandemic has exposed long-standing health inequalities, and health services are at the forefront of efforts to address these inequalities,” said Dr. Jose T. Montero, director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support from the CDC. “These grants will provide these health services with the much-needed support to address the disparities in the communities that need it most.”

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

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