Strengthening Public Health

CDC has released their forecasted grant notice titled “CDC-RFA-OE22-2203 Strengthening the Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems.”

The estimated post date for the grant notice is April 14, 2022 with estimated total program funding to be $3,000,000,000.The estimated award date to be September 1, 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of having a robust public health system. The pandemic also accentuated long standing weaknesses and created new challenges to the U.S. public health infrastructure.

This funding is intended to help meet critical infrastructure and workforce needs in the short term and it should also make possible strategic investments that will have lasting effects on public health agencies across the U.S.

Specifically, the funding will support strengthening public health capacity and systems related to the workforce, foundational capabilities, data modernization, physical infrastructure and support from national public health partners.

Investments and improvements to data systems will serve to improve efficiency and effectiveness of organizations’ operations and public health work, including their ability to partner in a complex health and healthcare environment.

Improving the public health system will also help address the historic underinvestment in communities that are economically or socially marginalized, rural communities, and communities with people from racial ethnic minority groups.

Go to https://www.grants.gov/custom/printForecastDetails.jsp for more information on the CDC Grant Forecast.

In another move, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) and Representative Ray Lujan members of the Senate HELP Committee introduced legislation March 2, 2022, to counter the threat that misinformation and disinformation posed to public health especially during the pandemic.

The Promoting Public Health Information Act would establish the Public Health Information and Communications Advisory Committee within HHS to make recommendations on effective ways to communicate scientific and medical information and understand the impact of misinformation during a public health emergency.

Go to https:://www.congress.gov for more information on the Senators Murphy, and Lujan legislation introduced titled Promoting Public Health Information Act.

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