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Quickly Noted: Pandemic Flu Preparedness Grants

October 10, 2008

I’m obviously clearing out my CIDRAP emails tonight.

On September 25th, we learned that the CDC is distributing $24 million to fund 55 projects in 29 states from the Cooperative Agreement signed in 2006. The seven project areas to be addressed are as follows:

 

  • Public engagement during public health decision-making
  • Electronic exchange of laboratory data to improve influenza pandemic monitoring
  • Integration of state immunization information systems to track countermeasure distribution
  • Development of statewide electronic death reporting systems that are compatible with the Public Health Information Network
  • Coordination among healthcare providers to deliver essential services
  • Interventions to promote preparedness among vulnerable populations
  • Distribution of antiviral drugs to people who stay in their homes as a social distancing measure

 

The Trust for America’s Health has kudos to give about this funding round, saying:
that the projects are appealing because they’re geared toward sharing ideas with a quick research turnaround. “This is a key piece on CDC’s end,” he said.
Though there is a dark lining to this silver cloud… or something like that…

However, Hamburg said the $24 million in grants represents the final installment of pandemic planning support to states and localities from the fiscal year 2006 PHEP funding.

“The last of the money is going out the door for state and local pandemic planning. The well has dried up,” he said. Compounding TFAH’s ongoing concern about federal support for pandemic planning is that all-hazards preparedness funding has been shrinking over the past few years, Hamburg added.

Of the $7 billion in total pandemic preparedness funding over the past 3 years, about $870 million remains for measures such as vaccine research and development, he said. “But whatever advocacy we do—and vaccines and antivirals are important—we need to talk about other things, too. We need more resources,” Hamburg said.

The full list of grantees, project areas and funds distributed can be found here.

Oh, and go PA!

Photo credit: glennharper

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