CDC awards $117 Million to Advance Innovation and Health Equity in Federal Initiative to End HIV
CDC awarded $117 million to state and local health departments to help rebuild and begin to expand HIV prevention and treatment efforts as the U.S. continues to respond to COVID-19. The awards are part of the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative, which funds 57 priority areas to expand and tailor key HIV prevention strategies to community needs.
“We are committed to making the end of HIV in the U.S. a reality,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “That is why this initiative, and responding to COVID-19’s impact on the HIV epidemic, is so critical to tackle for the Biden-Harris Administration.”
Racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities have contributed to HIV prevention gaps for far too long. EHE is working to address these disparities and achieve health equity through a comprehensive approach that focuses on providing resources where they are needed the most, and meeting people where they are with the services they need.
Learn more about ending the HIV epidemic in U.S. (EHE) initiative.
CDC Announces More Than $300 Million in Funding to Support Community Health Workers
Launched in August 2021, CDC’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR) initiative provides financial support and technical assistance to 68 states, localities, territories, tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and health service providers to tribes. CHWs are frontline public health workers who have a trusted relationship with the community and are able to facilitate access to a variety of services and resources for community members.
Public health crises, such as COVID-19, worsen existing health disparities. The CCR initiative consists of two funding opportunities intended to put more trained CHWs in communities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 and among populations at high risk for COVID-19 exposure, infection, and illness. CHWs are well-positioned to reach communities, stop the spread of COVID-19, and move toward health equity.
CDC awarded more than $116 million in year one, of a three-year, $348 million program, to organizations for CHW services to support COVID-19 prevention and control. CDC also awarded more than $6 million of a four-year $32 million program for training, technical assistance, and evaluation.
For a list of awardees, please visit CDC’s CCR website.
Grant Opportunity: Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity
The Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (the Center) will support efforts including education, service and policy development, and research related to advancing sustainable solutions to address health disparities and advance health equity among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations.
OMH expects the Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity recipients will:
- Participating in, contributing to, and managing the Center’s advisory board;
- Partnering with indigenous leaders, AI/AN and NHPI communities, and academic institutions on the Center’s activities;
- Identifying and disseminating culturally appropriate, evidence-based and/or practice-based interventions, best practices, promising approaches, and lessons learned; and
- Designing and providing education and training to support community capacity-building.
The project period for the grants is September 30, 2021, to September 29, 2023.
Learn more about this grant opportunityexternal icon by visiting OMH’s website.