The CDC has awarded the Indiana State Department of Health and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County $40,705,446 to address COVID-19-related health disparities.
The funding, part of a $2.25 billion nationwide investment, seeks to advance health equity by expanding state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services. This is CDC’s largest investment to date to improve health equity in the United States.
“These grants demonstrate our steadfast commitment to keeping equity at the center of everything we do,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “They are an important step in our unwavering efforts to strengthen our communities’ readiness for public health emergencies—and to helping everyone in America have equal opportunities for health.”
The intended outcomes of these grants are to:
- Reduce COVID-19-related health disparities
- Improve and increase testing and contact tracing among populations that are at higher risk and are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities
- Improve state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection.