Texas – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services and several Texas health jurisdictions $193,304,367 to address COVID-19-related health disparities.
The funding, which is part of a $2.25 billion nationwide investment, seeks to advance health equity by expanding state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services.
This CDC says this is the largest investment to date to improve health equity in the United States.
“These grants demonstrate our steadfast commitment to keeping equity at the center of everything we do,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky. “They are an important step in our unwavering efforts to strengthen our communities’ readiness for public health emergencies—and to helping everyone in America have equal opportunities for health.”
The CDC says the intended outcome of these grants are to reduce COVID-19-related health disparities, improve and increase testing and contact tracing among populations that are at higher risk and are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities, and to improve state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection.
“The pandemic has laid bare longstanding health inequities, and health departments are on the front line of efforts to address those inequities,” said José T. Montero, Director of CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. “These grants will provide these health departments with much-needed support to address disparities in communities that need it most.”