HHS announces preparedness grants for public health, hospitals

first_imgJun 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it is allocating states and major metropolitan areas $1.1 billion to strengthen public health preparedness and help healthcare facilities respond to emergency events such as an influenza pandemic or terrorist attack.”States and local communities need to be supported because they are on the front lines of response in a health emergency,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in an HHS press release today. “These funds will continue to enhance community readiness by increasing the capabilities of health departments, hospitals, and healthcare delivery systems to respond to any public health emergency.”HHS earmarked $1.1 billion for two related cooperative agreement programs: Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), managed by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).Public health departments depend on cooperative health agreements to build capacity.Budget support for building capacityHHS said it allocated $704.8 million in PHEP funds to states, territories, and certain metropolitan areas, which is down from $896 million the agency granted in 2007. However, last year’s amount included $175 million for pandemic influenza preparedness.Focus areas for this year’s funds include:· Integrating public health, public, and private capabilities with other first responder systems· Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in the event of a public health emergency· Ensuring that state, local, and tribal groups coordinate their planning on preparedness and response activities.The metropolitan areas that receive PHEP funding include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County, and Washington, DC. Grant amounts ranged from $330,743 for the territory of Palau to $50,161,370 for California.Renewed funding for surge capacityHHS started ramping up its funding for healthcare facility preparedness after the Sep 11 and anthrax attacks in 2001. The grant award, designed to boost surge capacity, this year is $398 million, down from $430 million in 2007.Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, has voiced concerns about the state of hospital preparedness over the past few years in its annual reports called “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism.”Most of the goals for the funds are the same as last year: development of or improvement in interoperable communication systems, bolstering hospital bed tracking systems, preregistration of healthcare volunteers, processes for hospital evacuations or sheltering-in-place, and fatality management. An added focus this year is strengthening community healthcare partnerships, HHS said.The same metropolitan areas that receive PHEP funding receive healthcare facility preparedness grants. Overall, grant awards ranged from $273,894 for Palau to $32,625,884 for California.A change this year for both programs is a new accountability program, which was stipulated in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. HHS said it could withhold funds from states, territories, or cities that don’t meet performance measures.Downward funding trendsIn February, TFAH issued an analysis of the Bush administration’s budget proposals for 2009 in which it raised concerns over shrinking funding levels for public health preparedness and hospital readiness programs. Over the past 5 years, the funding level has been reduced by one-third, according to a TFAH press release that accompanied the analysis.At about the same time, a report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) said that the cuts have impaired local preparedness efforts.Cuts in federal preparedness funding threatens the gains that many states have made, TFAH director Jeff Levi said in December 2007 when the group released its fifth annual readiness report.Rich Hamburg, director of governmental relations for TFAH, told CIDRAP News today that the amounts of today’s grants were about what the group had expected.See also:Jun 3 HHS press releaseJul 11, 2007, CIDRAP news story “HHS to give states $430 million for hospital preparedness”Jul 18, 2007, CIDRAP news story “HHS, DHS fund public health preparedness and emergency response”Feb 4 TFAH press releaselast_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL• Someone famous once said, and I quote, “I don’t know much, but I know what I know!”  Actually, it wasn’t someone famous, it was my dad, but here’s my point, I don’t know much either, but I know this, great pitching beats great hitting everyday of the week.  If you can’t hit the ball, you can’t beat me.  If the Pirates invest in, or trade for another quality ace and a sure-nuff closer, the sky’s the limit.• Serious question.  Is there a heavyweight boxing division, and if so, where is it and who’s in it?• Just so you know, “The World Cup” aka The Big Soccer Game, is officially over and Germany won.  Is it me or is there something creepy about saying Germany won?• Still looking for smart, aggressive, hard working and creative advertising . . . marketing . . . sales and promotional people wanting to “achieve greatness”!  Get on board before we take off.  Call (412) 628-4856 for more information.• There is one big difference between Michael Jordan and LeBron James.  M.J. built his kingdom in one place.  King James has taken his throne on the road!• By now you know Brewstone Restaurant got padlocked for not paying their liquor tax to the tune of $65,000 and as a result ruining our First Friday White Party on the 4th of July.  Well, put that behind you boys and girls because the Par-Tay will go on.  “The All White Summer Breeze Party, Part II” is reset and will be coming at you bigger and better than ever, Friday, August 1, 2014 at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts at 5th and Shady in Shadyside.  (You know the big yellow building where we jammed last summer . . . Summer Breeze!)  Starring “The Sandy Green-Camp Experience” with the Tubby Daniels Band, featuring John Sarkis – D.J. Legend “Sly Jock” – catered soul food by Gibson’s Restaurant – car show by The United Rays Corvette Club – free parking – cash bar – 50/50 – The Allure Models – prizes and surprises – prize for the best dressed white outfit.  Proceeds to benefit The Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Youth Basketball Camp.  Call Achieving Greatness, Inc. at (412) 628-4856 for more information.• Registration is still being accepted for the Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp, Saturday and Sunday, August 2nd and 3rd, 9-4:00 each day at the Penn Hills YMCA, for boys and girls ages 8-15. $25 registration includes camp supervision, pro-basketball training, lunch, t-shirt, and certificate for completing the camp.  Special guest will be former NBA star Myron Brown.  For information call (412) 628-4856.• Word has it that Paul Spadafora won his fight on the recent Roy Jones promoted card.  Word also has it that it’s still true . . . “Time waits for no man!”• Steeler camp starts in one (1) week.  Yes, sir!!!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more