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New Mexico Receives CDC Funding For COVID-19 Health Differences

Funding will help improve health in communities that are underserved and affected by COVID-19 to improve health equity.

CDC has awarded $ 38,523,202 to the New Mexico Department of Health to help address health inequalities caused by COVID-19. The funding, part of a $ 2.25 billion nationwide investment, aims to promote health equity by building the capacities and services of state, local, territorial and freely associated state health agencies. This is CDC’s largest investment to date to improve health equity in the United States.

“These grants demonstrate our unwavering commitment to keep equity at the center of everything we do,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “You are an important step in our relentless efforts to raise the preparedness of our communities for public health emergencies – and to provide everyone in America with equal opportunities for health.”

The intended outcomes of these grants are 1) reducing COVID-19 related health inequalities, 2) improving and enhancing testing and contact tracing among populations at higher risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minorities and people, the communities living in rural areas; and 3) improving the capacities and services of state, local, territorial and freely associated state health agencies to prevent and control COVID-19 infection.

“The pandemic has exposed long-standing health inequalities and health departments are at the forefront of efforts to address these inequalities,” said José T. Montero, MD, director of the CDC Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Assistance . “These grants will provide these health departments with much-needed support to address the inequalities in the communities that need them most.”

The state, local, and territorial health departments that receive the grants can be found here. To learn more about CDC COVID-19 State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Funding, visit this page. For more information on HHS COVID-19 funding, see HHS COVID-19 Funding | HHS TAGGS.

To halt the spread of COVID-19 and achieve greater health equity, CDC continues to work with populations at higher risk, underserved and disproportionately affected populations to ensure that resources are available for the maintenance and management of physical and mental health affordable testing, medical and psychiatric care, including easy access to information.

This initiative is funded by the Coronavirus Complementary Allocations and Relief Measures Act, 2021, (PL 116-260).

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