Public Health Emergency Response (PHER) Grant (2009-2010) for H1N1 Influenza Pandemic

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Congress appropriated funding in June 2009 through the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act for the “Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund” to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. This funding provided the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other federal and state agencies with resources to respond to ongoing and emerging outbreaks of novel H1N1 influenza in the United States. CDC administered $1.4 billion through the Public Health Emergency Response (PHER) grant to upgrade state and local pandemic influenza preparedness and response capacity. The 62 recipients included 50 states, eight U.S. territories and freely associated states, and four localities (Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles County, California; New York City, New York; and Washington, D.C.). Funding was distributed in phases.