July 18, 2017

Hawaii Receives $6 Million to Support Public Health Emergency Preparedness Efforts

Hirono Announces Funding Increases to Help Hawaii’s Hospitals & Health Department’s Capacity to Prepare and Respond to Health Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that Hawaii will receive $6,125,363 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the state’s ability to prepare and respond to potential public health threats.

“Our experience fighting Zika, dengue, and other diseases has taught us how important it is for states and local governments to have the resources they need to confront potential public health threats,” said Senator Hirono. “I will continue to push to ensure that Hawaii receives the funding it needs to prepare for and respond to future public health emergencies.”

The federal funding was awarded to the State of Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to support its Disease Outbreak Control Division’s Public Health Preparedness Branch, which helps DOH effectively respond to public health threats, emergencies, and disasters that threaten local communities throughout the state.

Specifically, the funding will help DOH recruit and train emergency operations personnel, strengthen connections with the Native Hawaiian health care system, conduct community assessments, improve risk communication messaging systems, and expand partnerships for medical countermeasure dispensing operations.

Senator Hirono is a strong advocate for increasing resources needed to support critical public health preparedness investments that protect public health in Hawaii and the nation. Earlier this year, she led a letter to the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray urging for the continued funding of programs that help ensure our nation’s hospitals and public health systems are able to safeguard against public health threats.

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