The CDC has awarded the New Jersey Department of Health $25,073,006 to address pandemic-related health disparities. The funding comes from $2.25 billion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’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. “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 goals 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; and improve state, local, U.S. territorial and freely associated state health-department capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection.
“The pandemic has laid bare longstanding health inequities, and health departments are on the front line of efforts to address those inequities,” said José T. Montero, M.D., director of the CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. “These grants will provide these health departments with much needed support to address disparities in communities that need it most.”
This CDC initiative is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (P.L. 116-260).