CDC to Fund $80 Million for Tribes to Fight Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will give $80 million in funding to Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian Organizations as part of the government’s effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Friday.

This is in addition to funds received through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which equips the Indian Health Service (IHS) for COVID-19 testing.

“Our nation’s Tribal health leaders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and these additional resources will help increase public health capacity for Indian Country,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.  “This virus presents new challenges and our nation’s public health infrastructure must have the flexibility to implement public health measures to respond aggressively to the outbreak and to protect all Americans.”

As part of this upcoming funding action, CDC will:

  • Supplement an existing CDC Cooperative Agreement to get resources quickly to nine regionally designated Tribal organizations, including resources for sub-awards to tribes with the greatest burden and needs in their region and other direct funds to a number of large Tribes.
  • Supplement existing funding to the National Council of Urban Indian Health, which will make sub-awards to 41 urban Indian health centers.
  • Supplement existing funding to the National Indian Health Board for COVID-19 communication activities.
  • Issue a new non-competitive grant Notice of Funding Opportunity to reach all Title I and Title V tribes that are eligible to apply for a Federal grant.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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