The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced a plan to invest $ 2.25 billion over two years to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) disparities highly -related health and advancing health equity in among high-risk and underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural areas. This fund represents the largest CDC investment to date to support communities affected by COVID-19-related differences.
The CDC is new National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations in High-Risk and Understandable Communities, including populations of diverse and ethnic populations and rural communities., offer grants to public health departments to improve testing and contact tracking capabilities; to develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services; improving data collection and reporting; build, use, and expand infrastructure support; and mobilized colleagues and collaborated to promote health justice and elucidate the social health determinants associated with COVID-19
“Everyone in America should have the same opportunity to be as healthy as possible,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “This investment will be huge in strong equity at the center of our country’s COVID-19 response — and is a key step forward in bringing the resources and focus on health harm that has for so long persisted in our country. . “
COVID-19 data show that certain populations are more affected and put them at higher risk, including people who are medically underserved, racial and ethnic minority groups, and people living in rural areas. communities. These groups may experience a higher risk of exposure, infection, hospitalization, and mortality. In addition, evidence suggests racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities have disproportionate rates of chronic diseases that may increase the risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. and may also encounter barriers to testing, treatment, or vaccination.
To stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and move toward greater health justice, the CDC continues to work with most at-risk, out-of-service, and underserved populations to ensure that utilize resources to maintain and manage physical and mental health, including quick access to information, affordable testing, and medical and mental health care. For more information and community resources visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/health-equity/index.html
This initiative is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (pl 116-260) and is expected to award funds to 108 state, local, territorial, and voluntary state departments. in health, or their agents bona fide. The CDC will accept applications for this initiative through April 30, 2021.