HHS Disburses $750M for Disease Prevention Research and Programs
On Wednesday, HHS announced that it will make available $750 million in federal funds to hospitals, clinics and chronic disease programs and researchers for disease prevention, HealthLeaders Media reports (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 2/10).
The money, which is in addition to $500 million HHS allocated last year, will come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the federal health reform law.
Specific projects include:
- $298 million for community prevention, local health and wellness promotion, improving nutrition, reducing tobacco use and increasing physical activity;
- $182 million to improve access to preventive care;
- $137 million to bolster public health infrastructure by helping state and local health departments invest in new technology and train their staffs; and
- $133 million to collect and present data on the effects of the health reform law (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 2/9).
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, "This investment is going to build on the prevention work already under way to help make sure that we are working effectively across the federal government, as well as with private groups and state and local governments to help Americans live longer, healthier lives" (HealthLeaders Media, 2/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.