CDC Plans to Provide $332 Million to Support Community Health Workers for COVID-19 Prevention and Control

CDC Plans to Provide $332 Million to Support Community Health Workers for COVID-19 Prevention and Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to provide $300 million to jurisdictions for community health worker (CHW) services to support Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention and control, and an additional $32 million for training, technical assistance, and evaluation. CDC expects to award funds to approximately 75 organizations through “Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities.” Applications will be accepted through May 24, 2021, at www.grants.govexternal icon. “These resources will strengthen the incredible work of our nation’s community health workers in areas disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. Community needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19, such as health and mental health care access and food insecurity. “Public health crises, such as COVID-19, worsen existing health inequities,” said Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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