CDC awards Virginia $30.6 million to address health inequities during COVID-19 pandemic

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has granted Virginia $ 30.6 million to help tackle the health inequalities that worsened in underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-year grant is part of the CDC’s plan to invest $ 2.25 billion to address the health inequalities of COVID-19 that penalize many racial and ethnic minorities. It will give $ 27.3 million to the state and another $ 3.3 million to the Virginia Beach Department of Health.

“We know that COVID-19 has had an uneven impact on communities. During this pandemic, we have worked hard to use resources equally and fairly. These additional funds will allow us to step up these efforts, especially in areas where differences in COVID-19 tests, cases and deaths, and vaccination rates persist. Differences exist in terms of race, ethnicity and geography. The largest differences in COVID-19 cases and deaths were found in the highest poverty census areas and in rural areas. We use these dollars to improve targeted reach and efforts. “ said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA

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Rural areas in Virginia will receive $ 12.1 million and a large portion of the grant, $ 14.2 million, will be managed through mini-grant programs.

“The Virginia Department of Health is committed to addressing health inequalities and working with our community partners,” said Sable K. Nelson Dyer, acting director of the Office of Health Equity. “We know we can’t do it alone. It will be a community-centered approach. “

Through the grant, the CDC aims to reduce health inequalities and promote health equity for ethnic and ethnic minority groups, while enhancing and enhancing testing and tracing among underserved populations and those at higher risk.

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