California has been awarded $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance the state’s public health system as part of health care reform. Of the total, $2,060,128 went to the California Department of Public Health and $1,859,950 went to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“Public health is a wise investment,” said Dr. Kevin Reilly, chief deputy director of the California Department of Public Health. “When you invest in proven preventive services and strong policies, you build a healthier California and avoid unnecessary expenses later.”
Funded by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, the award’s goal is to make programs and people in the public health system more efficient and effective. Funding will be used for:
· Building, institutionalizing, and implementing performance management capacity within health departments;
· Supporting a full-time “Performance Improvement Manager;”
· Policy and workforce development;
· Public health system development; and
· Best practice implementation.
To date, California state agencies and departments received approximately $12 million in federal grants to implement federal health reform, including the latest $3.9 million. California is seeking an additional $9 million in federal funds to support a broad range of health care-related activities, including enhancements to laboratory capacity, the health care workforce and consumer information networks.
Dr. Judith A. Monroe, deputy director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, “These funds are a down payment on improving public health services across the nation. With these funds, we will help our nation’s public health departments work more effectively and efficiently to detect and respond to public health problems.”
CDC received more than 140 applications from health departments seeking the latest funds. The award is one of the many that are being distributed to 49 states, nine tribes and the District of Columbia, nine large local health departments, five U.S. Territories, and three U.S. Pacific Island jurisdictions.