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West Virginia gets $18 million to strength public health infrastructure

By Courtney Hessler, The Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — More than $18 million in federal funds has been appropriated to strengthen West Virginia’s public health infrastructure.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, earlier this month announced $18,732,882 in American Rescue Plan funds were allocated for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The funding announced today will help expand the existing public health workforce, advance efforts to modernize the use of public health data, improve organizational systems and prepare for future health risks to our state,” he said. “I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for funding to bolster public health infrastructure across the Mountain State.”

The funding is expected to go toward supporting the recruitment, retention and training of the public health workforce, improving organizational systems and advancing public health data modernization efforts…

To read more: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/west-virginia-gets-18-million-to-strength-public-health-infrastructure/article_0acba50a-8b7a-53e0-80eb-03744abab871.html

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