CDC awards funds for new pandemic planning approaches

September 25, 2008
by Lisa Schnirring

Rich Hamburg, director of governmental relations for Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News 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. 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.

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