HHS names public health grant winners

By Bernie Monegain
10:58 AM
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HHS awarded $40 million to public health department on Wednesday to help bolster efficiency, infrastructure, and performance across health IT systems, and to create new jobs in the process.

"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," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Strengthening our nation's public health system is critical to protecting the health of all Americans."

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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 funds come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Affordable Care Act. Additional HRSA money supplements this investment.

This is the second year of CDC's five-year program known as the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes grant program. More than 100 people have already been hired through the NPHII and an additional 116 positions are expected to be filled through the new awards.

The NPHII funding allows health departments to improve the delivery and impact of the public health services they provide by improving how they track the performance of their programs; fostering the identification, dissemination and adoption of public health's best and most promising practices; building a network of performance improvement managers across the country that share strategies for improving the public health system; and maximizing cohesion across states' and communities' public health systems to ensure seamless and coordinated services for residents.

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"A strong, efficient, and effective public health system is critical for building a healthy society," said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD. "Investing in preventive services, system improvement and comprehensive interventions is essential to reducing the burden of healthcare costs in the future."

The grants will also support 10 Public Health Training Centers at accredited schools of public health and other public or nonprofit institutions, bringing the total number of Public Health Training Centers to 37 nationwide.

HRSA's Public Health Training Center (PHTC) Program provides workforce education and training in areas such as environmental health, public health leadership, nutrition, and cultural competency. This expanded national educational network will provide highly skilled training to nearly 500,000 public health and related healthcare practitioners. Frieden said.

"In a challenging economy, public health training and education are vital in our efforts to ensure access to affordable, high-quality healthcare," said Mary K. Wakefield, HRSA administrator. "These grants provide learning opportunities that enhance technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership skills of public health workers, and help build a strong, well-rounded public health workforce for the future."

For a list of the awards by state, see the next page.


Alaska

  • Alaska State Department Of Health-Social Services - $250,000
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium - $250,000
  • Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium - $250,000

Alabama

  • Alabama Department of Public Health - $300,000
  • Public Health Training Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham - $649,981  

Arkansas

  • Arkansas State Department of Public Health - $300,000

  
American Samoa

  • American Samoa Department of Health - $250,000

 
Arizona

  • County of Maricopa - $300,000
  • Navajo Nation Division Of Health - $250,000
  • Arizona State Department of Health Services - $400,000
  • Gila River Indian Community - $100,000 

  California

  • Los Angeles County Public Health Department - $893,598
  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency - $250,000
  • California Department of Public Health - $1,093,662

Colorado

  • Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment - $400,000 

 
Commonwealth of Northern Marina Islands

  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Department of Public Health - $249,993 

 
Connecticut

  • Connecticut State Department of Public Health - $300,000
  • Public Health Training Center, Yale University - $649,998 

Washington DC

  • DC Department of Health - $250,000  

Delaware

  • Delaware State Department of Health and Social Services - $250,000  

Federated States of Micronesia

  • Federated States of Micronesia $250,000 

Florida

  • Florida State Department of Health - $1,093,662
  • Public Health Training Center, University of Florida - $645,158 

Georgia

  • Georgia Department of Community Health - $499,738  

Guam

  • Guam Department of Health and Social Services - $250,000  

Hawaii

  • Hawaii State Department of Health - $607,600
  • Pacific Islands Health Officers Association - $593,662

 
Idaho

  • Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare - $300,000  

Illinois

  • City of Chicago - $300,000
  • Illinois State Department of Public Health - $500,000
  • Public Health Training Center Grant, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois - $650,000  

Indiana

  • Indiana State Department of Health - $400,000

 
Iowa

  • Iowa State Department of Public Health - $300,000
  • Public Health Training Center Grant, tUniversity of Iowa - $650,000

Kansas

  • Kansas State Department of Health and Environment - $300,000  

Kentucky

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services - $300,000 

 
Louisiana

  • Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals - $300,000 

Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts State Department of Public Health - $993,662
  • Public Health Training Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst - $614,589 

 
Maryland

  • Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - $400,000
  • Public Health Training Center, Johns Hopkins University - $650,000 

Maine

  • Maine State Department of Health and Human Services - $843,182  


Marshall Islands

  • Republic of Marshall Islands Ministry of Health - $250,000 

 
Michigan

  • Michigan State Department of Community Health - $500,000 

 
Minnesota

  • Minnesota State Department of Health - $993,662
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians - $250,000
  • Public Health Training Center. Regents of the University of Minnesota - $650,000  

Missouri

  • Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services - $400,000 

 
Mississippi

  • Mississippi State Department of Health - $299,585  

Montana

  • Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council - $250,000
  • Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services - $250,000 

North Carolina

  • North Carolina State Department of Health and Human Services - $1,037,779 

 
Nebraska

  • Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services - $657,600
  • Public Health Training Center, Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, UNMC - $650,000  

Nevada

  • Nevada State Department of Health and Human Services - $300,000

 
New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services - $250,000

 
New Jersey

  • New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services - $950,791  


New Mexico

  • New Mexico State Department of Health - $300,000  

New York

  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - $1,093,662
  • New York State Department of Health - $500,000
  • Public Health Training Center, The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York - $650,000 

Ohio

  • Ohio State Department of Health - $500,000  

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma State Department of Health - $300,000
  • Cherokee Nation - $843,662  

Oregon

  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board - $250,000
  • Public Health Services - $893,662 

Pennsylvania

  • City of Philadelphia Public Health Department - $664,213
  • Pennsylvania State Department of Health - $500,000  

Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico Department of Health - $300,000  

Republic of Palau

  • Republic of Palau Ministry of Health - $250,000 

 
Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island State Department of Health - $250,000 

 
South Carolina

  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - $300,000 

 
Tennessee

  • Tennessee State Department of Health - $757,600  

Texas

  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services - $300,000
  • Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services - $249,998
  • San Antonio Metropolitan Health District - $250,000
  • Texas State Department of Health Services - $500,000  

Utah

  • Utah State Department of Health - $300,000

 
Virginia

  • Virginia State Department of Health - $399,859

 
Vermont

  • Vermont Department of Health - $607,600  

Washington

  • Washington State Department of Health - $400,000 

 
Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services - $993,662  

West Virginia

  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources - $657,600

 
Wyoming

  • Wyoming State Department of Health - $248,838