United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today over $40 million in grant funding to state, tribal, local and territorial health departments and several schools of public health to enhance the nation’s public health infrastructure and strengthen the public health workforce. The Michigan State Department of Community Health received $500,000.
According to Secretary Sebelius, “These funds will help health departments around the country maximize the impact of the essential services they provide every day, and build the public health workforce to ensure we’re ready to meet the public health challenges of tomorrow. Strengthening our nation’s public health system is critical to protecting the health of all Americans.”
The grants will fund key state and local public health programs supported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA. Most of these grant dollars come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Affordable Care Act.
Today’s announcement is another part of the Obama Administration’s broader effort to improve the health and well-being of our communities through initiatives such as the President’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign, the National Quality Strategy, and the National Prevention Strategy.
Surrounding states’ awards include:
- Illinois – $1,450,000
- Indiana – $400,000
- Wisconsin – $993,662
DHHS Secretary Sebelius announcement
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