The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to provide $ 300 million to jurisdictions for community health worker (CHW) services to support the prevention and control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and a an additional $ 32 million for training, technical assistance, and evaluation. CHWs are leading public health workers who have a trusted relationship with the community and can facilitate access to a variety of services and resources for community members.
By expanding and maintaining a nationwide program of CHWs that support at-risk populations and communities most affected by COVID-19, funding from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES ) Act will provide critical support to states, localities, territories. , tribes, tribal organizations, urban health organizations in India, or health service providers for tribes. The CDC expects to provide funding to nearly 75 organizations through “Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities.” Applications will be accepted until May 24, 2021, at www.grants.govexternal icon.
“These resources will strengthen the amazing work of community health workers in our country in areas not equally affected by COVID-19,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD , MPH. Community health staff are trusted messengers within communities, and are essential to connecting at-risk and vulnerable people to care and needed services, and addressing local health challenges. in public.
Notices of awards will be provided over the summer, with the amount to be received by each jurisdiction determined by population size, poverty rates and COVID-19 statistics.
Funding is designed for recipients to address:
- Differences in access to COVID-19-related services, such as testing, contact tracking, and vaccination.
- Factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease, such as chronic diseases, smoking, and pregnancy.
- Community needs exacerbated by COVID-19, such as access to health and mental health and food insecurity.
“Public health crises, such as COVID-19, exacerbate existing health inequalities,” said Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “This funding opportunity supports the critical role of community health staff and is an important step toward health equity.
The CDC strives to promote health equity through this National Center for Disease Prevention and Health Improvement (NCCDPHP), which seeks to eliminate health inequalities and achieve optimal health for all Americans. In addition, to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and move toward greater overall health, the CDC continues to work with populations that are at greater risk, without services, and are not equally affected. to ensure that resources are available to maintain and manage physical and mental health, including easy 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