Federal dollars coming to support underserved communities
Nearly $30 million in recently-announced federal funding is coming to Maryland to support high-risk and underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The CDC recently awarded $21.2 million to the Maryland Dept. of Health to address health inequities exacerbated and created by the pandemic. The funding is part of a total of $2.25 billion awarded by the CDC aimed at reducing disparities, improving testing and contact tracing, and preventing and controlling COVID infections among underserved populations.
The Dept. of Health was one of 107 recipients, nationally, to receive the two-year non-research grant.
Maryland’s Congressional Delegation announced this week the University of Maryland, Baltimore will be getting nearly $7.8 million in funding to help with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in high-risk and minority communities.
These funds come from the Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The funds will be used to hire new workers to help with the transport of the vaccine, to build confidence through education and outreach, and to strengthen vaccination efforts in high-risk and minority communities.
The lawmakers had this to say:
“While the American Rescue Plan has helped accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Maryland, far too many communities – and especially communities of color – still face significant barriers. This latest tranche of funding will make targeted investments, through trusted local messengers, to help reduce disparities in vaccine access and better protect vulnerable communities from the virus”.